Spring? Isn’t it autumn now? Ummm, yeah. I went to Clevedon Farmers Market in November. And it is now March. I have no excuse why it took me 5 months to write this up. No excuse at all, because it is a flippin’ brilliant market. Possibly the best in Auckland. There are up to 80 passionate growers and artisanal food producers who run stalls here. The best part is that there is lots and lots of space to chill out and enjoy the market.
Clevedon Farmers Market runs every Sunday 8:30 – 1pm (closes for 3 weeks over Christmas & NY) at the Clevedon Showgrounds. It is terribly well organised, with wooden stalls around the perimeter of a paddock which has picnic tables, haybales to sit on and even a little pull-along wagon for kids to play on.
When we visited in early November, it was still whitebait season. You cannot go wrong with a whitebait buttie; a large scoop of whitebait cooked bound in lightly seasoned beaten egg, served on a white bread with a wedge of lemon. For $8, it was the best hot meal at the market.
There is a cornucopia of seasonal fruit and vegetables to stock up on, and if you have a herb or vegetable garden, there is an impressive range of lush seedlings available. There is even a stall selling heirloom seeds, and fresh cut blooms for the house.
Goodnight Cocoa serves up organic, fairtrade cups of goodness based on a mix of cow and coconut milk for $5 each. But if you prefer juices or smoothies, you are also well catered for.
There is plenty of baked good to choose from; breads from Pukeko Bakery, all manner of pretzels and pastries. There are cakes, slices, macarons and other sweet stuff galore.
Some of artisan brands which have grown to nationwide presence and acclaim have a stall here; I Love Pies (which is a Clevedon market success story), Clevedon Valley Buffalo dairy products, Curious Croppers tomatoes and Culley’s sauces.
While there isn’t fresh meat available, you can get some excellent smoked fish and deli meats. Clevedon Farmers market is also a great place to fill your pantry with spice mixes, gourmet mueslis and various preserves and chutneys.
I spied beauty products, and even treats for your pooch (with a doggie ambassador). There’s just so much to see, taste and learn. And seriously though, I do need to head back to check out the Autumn offerings at Clevedon, and I’ll let you know what I find out in…um…5 months’ time.
Clevedon Farmers Market
Clevedon Showgrounds, 107 Monument Road, Clevedon
Sundays 8:30am – 1pm