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Picton Farmers' Market proposed

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:49 AM by Chris Fortune

The Marlborough Farmers' Market committee has postponed plans to set up a market in Picton, but would like to hear more from residents about the idea.

Market chairman Chris Fortune said the committee had thought about having a market in Picton for a few years, and talked to the Marlborough District Council about it in December.

Mr Fortune initially wanted a monthly market, beginning in March, but said more time was needed to organise it.

The committee still hopes to run a trial market from December 2011 through to April 2012, and wants to hear Picton residents' thoughts on the idea, particularly where to hold it and when (Saturday mornings or midweek).

The Picton Waterfront and Nelson Square are among the locations considered so far.

The Marlborough Farmers' Market is held at the A and P Showgrounds in Blenheim on Sunday mornings from October to June, and in Market Place in Blenheim on Thursday afternoons for shorter seasons in winter and summer.

It is one of many markets throughout the country that provide a place for local producers to sell their goods.

A Picton market would allow Marlborough food producers to sell direct to Picton, as well as giving Picton residents another place to shop, Mr Fortune said.

Council reserves officer Dafydd Pettigrew said he had been involved in the discussions on a farmers' market and did not think there would be a problem obtaining a permit.

Mr Fortune said several Marlborough producers had already expressed interest.

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