The Matakana Farmers’ Market is one of the many initiatives being undertaken by Matakana to become New Zealand’s first Cittaslow (Italian for slow town). The idea of a slow town was founded in Italy in a bid to promote a better way of life, to improve the environment and to avoid the development of large franchise stores.
At the market you can enjoy some time in the slow lane, grab a freshly brewed coffee, meander around the stalls and take the opportunity to talk with the growers.
Stalls at the market sell organic and gourmet fruit, vegetables, chocolate, preserves, breads, meats, cotton reusable shopping bags and much more. To add to the atmosphere, local musicians play live music and the market is relaxed and friendly.