My name is Kevin.
I run / manage the Coroglen farmers Market with my friend Fiona.
Last friday the two of us travelled over the 309 road to catch up with Ashley who runs the Coromandel Town Farmers Market on the other side of the peninsula, and to also check out the towns Community garden.
I have to say Coromandel town market looks GREAT!
Clean , hygienic , well presented, set up on the street frontage of a lovely restaurant called The Pepper Tree. We bought some seedlings and some macadamia treats and caught up with old friends.
The community garden interests me as we have been given the go ahead to develop our own community garden on the spare land behind our community hall where we hold our Coroglen market each sunday.
A farmers market and a community garden together i feel is a "marriage made in heaven"....a perfect combination.
We close our market on Queens Birthday for the winter and reopen on Labor weekend. The next four months will be busy for us developing our market / community garden. We close on a high note after a very busy and successful season and we all look forward to reopening refreshed and full of energy.
Of course......... we have some stallholders who would like to trade on through the winter but the 'majority' favor a break. Our feeling is that after our hard work building up our market over spring summer and autumn..........we are better off shutting completely for winter although i confess i personally can see it from both sides of the argument.
Because many of us will be 'on-site' over the winter months gardening we still have the option of selling direct from our vehicles for those that want to and for those who have produce coming on strong. As you are all aware gardening and food production here in the Coromandel can be just as productive as spring summer .
I personally favor winter gardening/growing as i find i have less pests to deal with especially the with the brassica family.
Fiona is our IT expert and in between her full time jobs is busy coding our complete web site.
At present all we have up is a welcoming page but we hope to be up and running fully before we reopen.
In the meantime here is a link to our welcome page at coroglenfarmersmarket.co.nz