Market resuming at new venue

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A community market started a year ago has had a two month break and is starting again in a new location.

This Saturday at 10am the Hokonui Community Market would take place at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church hall, organiser Marg Cochrane said.

Not only was the hall big enough to host the market but there was also the ability to “spill” outside on to the lawn in good weather, she said.

The market was formerly in the Gore Round Table Hall in Mersey St.

Ms Cochrane said it was so cold in June and July it was decided not to hold the market.

The move to the church hall means the market will be more visible for people passing by and was more central, Ms Cochrane said.

This Saturday there will be 26 stalls selling a variety of goods.

There will be stalls such as arts, crafts, kitchenware, fruit teas, upcycled and re-purposed goods, meat, pickles, heritage fruit trees and plants.

Ms Cochrane was keen to have fresh in-season produce sold at the market.

The River Valley Lions Club will have baking, tea and coffee for sale.

Fellow organiser Kimberley Salmond said each person visiting the market would go into a draw for a hamper.

“It’s a good way to do a head count,” she said.

Crafts sold at the market were out of the ordinary, not mass-produced.