The farmers market is part of a much larger global food movement of food sustainability and food resilience. 

After many years of industrial corporate food production, an appalling history of factory farming and the consequent detrimental effects on our health and our environment many of us are making different choices about what we eat, who we buy it from and how we grow and make it. 


We decided we wanted to make a difference at a local level by creating an alternative and fair food system which would encompass the growers and the customers.     

An alternative food system starts with the growers, farmers  and producers and ends in the markets, independent shops, food boxes, CSA's, food hubs and community gardens.  It encompasses everything from the soil we grow our foods in to the businesses we trade with.

Making the right choices about our food is a form of food resistance. Making these choices  will enable our communities to become food secure and achieve food sovereignty. 

Growers and producers are making that transition to a fairer food system by joining their local farmers markets. They are the small food businesses that make up the market and they sign up to the market objectives which are based around 3 principles: Social  well being, environmental sustainability and hopefully economic viability. This is social enterprise at work. Our focus is on the purpose not the profit.   

It is no easy task to take on the existing industrial food system which is  so dominant and dictates what most people eat, what growers can grow and how animals are treated. 

So congratulations to our thousands of supporters from Friends of the market, to regular customers to all our visitors from afar!  You are making a difference every time time you choose to buy from your local growers and food artisans at the market. 




What happens every Friday morning goes so much further than the local area.  There is a bigger picture. So every year we look for good things to support in the region.  The proceeds of our EFTPOS surcharge has supported a The Ashley- Rakahuri River care Group and more recently we deliver 40kg of organic apples to a low decile school in the area every fortnight thanks to g Ashley River Organic Orchard.  We support Charity Jams, and numerous charitable groups in the region who are compatible with our objectives.                                

What is Food Sovereignty, FOOD SECURITY and Food RESILIENCE?  

Food Sovereignty came about in 2006 via Via CampesinaIn a nutshell, food sovereignty is the right of peoples, communities and countries to define their own policies regarding their seeds, agriculture, labour, food and land. These policies must be appropriate to their unique ecological, social, economic and cultural circumstances. Food Sovereignty includes the true right to food and to produce food. It is about ownership. 

Food Security  is when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Food Resilience is a holistic response to a situation where change has become necessary for a community's well-being and survival. By incorporating food with the social, environmental and political,  communities who actively strive for food resilience are able to offer alternative and independent ways of feeding themselves and their communities. They aim is to be food secure.      

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