Local produce under spotlight - Rural News - Bay of Plenty Times

Local produce under spotlight - Rural News - Bay of Plenty Times: "Local produce under spotlight
by Elaine Fisher | 23rd November 2010
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Mout Mainstreet Farmers Market is popular with visitors and locals alike. Photo / Country News
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Farmers Markets are a growing phenomenon in New Zealand in more ways than one.

Now there are at least 50 weekend and twilight markets throughout the country with several already well established in the Western Bay of Plenty and what is probably the country's newest launched this month in Te Awamutu.

Just how good the markets and their participants' are is to be put under scrutiny with the inaugural Taste Farmers' Market Awards 2011 to find the finest in each category of fresh, local, authentic food that is value for money.

'Farmers' Markets are growing in popularity as many people now rely on using regional produce. They want to know what is in their food and how it's grown,'chairman of the Farmers' Market New Zealand Association, Chris Fortune, said"