Posts Tagged ‘markets’


Not overlooking the speckled

February 14, 2010

The move to the suburbs has occured, and while it’s been a definite shock to the system it is on average a good thing.

One result is that we have changed from the market by Te Papa to the riverbank markets in Lower Hutt. This has meant we shook out some old patterns, but also that we picked up some new ones.

For instance, this used to be a full box of speckled peaches:

Total cost, $4.70.

Awesome. Turned that lot into 5 jars of preserves, for a saving of… heaps. A heck of a lot less than we’d pay at the supermarket for tinner peaches!

The downside of this year is that the weather has been so bad that the price of many summer foods hasn’t come down. Roma tomatoes are still $5 a kilo, which means that this year it might be cheaper to buy our winter vitamins from Moore Wilsons (in Tawa) than to cure them ourselves!



Review – Newtown People’s Market

November 24, 2008

Well, Stephen and I got the word the other day rom Mr. Tiso, and seen as I love me some markets I bundled the heavily pregnant partner onto a bus and off to Newtown we set.

Actually that’s a lie. Her dad dropped us off in the car, and we caught the bus home. I mention this because he mentioned how much Newtown has changed over the past few years. Where once there was nothing but unpainted concrete, we now have colour and trees.

This struck a cord because as little as 15 years ago the place was still pretty much a slum. So what’s great about markets like this one is that it helps to foster a sense of community. And community means more civic pride, which means a better neighbourhood, something we should all get behind.

We arrived pretty early, but the place was humming already. There was music being set up outside, and people milling about and around the stalls. Then once we got inside it really started to get busy.

The fare on offer had a fairly wide variety of home-crafted goods, trades, and recycled consumables. The latter of those is something I’m all in favour o, if not only because it reminded me of a jumble-sale! Just with less blue hair…

In the fresh food section there was the Upper Hutt baker guy who also attends the Waitangi Park markets. I had a chat to him on Sunday morning, and it turns out he put in an 18-hour day Saturday. But, there he was up front on Sunday too.

Now that’s some hard work.

There was also a range of fresh seasonal veges. The girls selling these were good sorts, and even set aside my veges while I went out to find change for them… Note to self, do not take a twenty to Newtown.

We ended up buying tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. Yum.

All in all, a good market. Decent people getting out on a decent day.


Remember!! – Coming attractions

November 14, 2008

Practicing frugalist and loyal reader Giovanni Tiso writes to let us know about the Newtown People’s Market:

“For good quality affordable produce”

Sat. 22nd Nov. 2008
St. Anne’s Church Hall
bottom of Emmett Street

From 3.00 till 7.00 pm

Fair trading: buy / sell / swap goods and services

For info contact: Maria 383 4993

I must say I am enthusiastic about any market that takes place in the afternoon. The Sunday morning markets are at the worst possible time on the worst possible day for me to make it before the good stuff goes.


Visit the Knack Market!

September 17, 2008

This came in from Giovanni, and I thought I’d promote it up to a post. I’m working on Saturday so I’ll miss it, but any reports are welcome:

…a couple of people talked about bartering, and I mentioned a Newtown exchange market in the process of being set up.

I can now confirm that the organisers will take part in the Knack Market this Saturday, 9.30 to 1.30 at Berhampore School, 105 Britomart Street, Berhampore, Wellers.

They’re going to have posters where people can write down what they’d be willing to exchange (things, time, knowledge) and share ideas – it’s a pretty cool setup. I realise I’m also shamelessly pimping the craft market itself, but it’s a school fundraiser and it supports local crafters so I don’t feel so bad.

Shamelessly pimp away man. The more local people not buying stuff from off-shore people being paid $2.50 an hour, the better.