The Christchurch Farmers Market happens every Saturday morning from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you know me, then you know I love me some farmers’ markets. So even though Saturday morning was grey and rainy, I didn’t let that deter me from heading across town to check out the market for myself. (Nothing will stand between me and fresh pastries and artisanal juices. Not even rain, wind and an hour-long walk at 8:00 in the morning.)
The market is held on the grounds of the historic Riccarton House (to the west of Hagley Park, off of Kahu Rd.) There is a huge variety of stalls, from the aforementioned fresh pastries and artisanal juices, to pies and coffee and dumplings and fresh fruit and bacon and two different specialty salt stands and ice cream and… anything else you could possibly want from a farmers’ market. There is definitely something for everyone here.
Even though it was gloomy and raining, the market was still bustling from the moment it opened. Every stall owner I talked to was incredibly nice (and genuinely so, not in a just-trying-make-a-sale way.) I had a BLT bagel, which was delicious. All of the food looked amazing. I literally circled the entire market four times before I was finally able to choose what I was going get. If there hadn’t been a goose standing in front of the bagel stand that caught my attention, I may well still be circling today, unable to decide which super tasty treat to go for.
The market is a super easy walk or bike ride from the city center, so no need to worry about driving or catching the bus. There’s a nice info stand for the market itself right in the middle, which also has some sweet free postcards with recipes on the back! Make sure to leave yourself enough time to look at all of the stalls and grab some food and a drink, this is definitely not a market you want to rush through.
The Info You Need
Christchurch Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm
In front of Riccarton House
16 Kahu Rd