Och aye, the new market venue's a hit

21:44, Apr 06 2014
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Stall holder and Southern Farmers Market committee member Samantha Dalton said the Scottish Hall was a great success as the new venue.

Change can be a great thing, the organisers of the Southern Farmers Market discovered after their first day at a new site.

The market, a Sunday fixture for about seven years, operated out of the Scottish Hall car park for the first time on Sunday after being evicted from their previous site at Southland Boys' High School.

Southern Farmers Market committee chairwoman Mary Adams said the inner-city venue was, so far, a hit.

Crowds flocked to the new venue, stall-holders were as busy as they could be, and the highly visible location drew in many new faces, Adams said.

While the morning setup was a bit of organised chaos as they got used to the new surroundings, everyone was very happy with the new location, she said.

Stall-holder Wes Reichel, who dressed in tartan like many other stallholders in a cheeky nod to the new location, said it was a marvellous spot.


He had been travelling down from Millers Flat each Sunday for the past seven years with a fruit and vege stand from Te Mahanga orchard.

The open, street-front venue added a new dimension to the market, and drew in plenty of people passing by, he said.

Stall-holder and committee member Samantha Dalton, who also runs the market's Facebook page, said it was hugely rewarding to have it come together so successfully after the hard work put in by everyone.

The market is held on Sundays from 9.30am to 12.30pm.


The Southland Times