The newly named Catalina Bay Farmer’s Market moved to its permanent home by the Catalina workshops next to the Hobsonville Point Ferry terminal on 14 October, 2017. Daryn Rickwood, the Farmers Market manager, is excited about the new chapter and hopes to see it grow from strength to strength.
“It’s a great space, with sufficient indoor and outdoor areas – and to think it’s the first stage of what’s to come. We’ve thought about how customers could move through the stalls more easily and as such have opened up a space for ‘ready to eat’ food one side, and the Market stalls on the other,” says Daryn. Loyal stall holders, some of whom live locally, all moved to the new premises and have set up in the specially constructed rustic stalls lining the warehouse building.
Those picking up their week’s fresh organic produce or visitors from further afield hoping to sample the food stalls and purchase unique handmade gifts can expect generous undercover space, live music and glimpses of the water’s edge as they make their way past the colourful stalls.
Ask someone who has been before, and their eyes will light up as they talk about the seafood chowder that’s normally sold out just after 12pm, the fresh juice bar, top quality (and reasonably priced) Manuka honey, goats milk and Spaceman’s coffee stall (soon to have an onsite roastery) to name just a few.
The Catalina Bay Farmer’s market is open every Saturday and Sunday and has extended its operating hours, now from 8.30am to 2pm. There is plenty to do in Hobsonville Point once you have finished your visit to the market. Why not grab a rent-a-bike from Catalina Bay or take a walk along the Coastal Walkway.