Feilding top of the farmers' markets
Organisers and stall holders from the Feilding Farmers' Market were feeling "jubilant" after it was crowned the best farmers' market in New Zealand for a third time.
A bumper market was held in Manchester Square yesterday to coincide with the annual farmers market awards, which were held in Feilding this week.
Feilding Promotion's project manager Raewyn Loader, who organises the weekly market, said people were feeling "elated" and "jubilant" about the win.
Humbled herself after being named Manager of the Year at the awards, Loader said the title was lovely but would not have been possible without all the stall holders.
"I don't sit out there for five hours in the cold."
While she had been busy hosting delegates of Farmers Markets New Zealand in town for the awards, Loader said she would be celebrating the win with stall holders at next week's market.
Feilding Intermediate students got involved in yesterday's market by either coming dressed in wearable art or giving cooking demonstrations.
Loader said the involvement of the students was "awesome" and she was impressed with the high quality of food they produced.
"These could be future stall holders and producers, it's great they can come and see it's a viable future."
The students had prepared a number of dishes in a cooking demonstration, and were not short of willing taste-testers in the crowd.
Student Evie Sanson, 12, said they had researched ideas over the holidays and had come to the market to have a look at what produce was available.
The menu was inspired by seasonal eating, while the ingredients had been sourced from the market and the school's garden.