A new location, new hours and new stalls are on the horizon for the Nelson Farmers Market.
After eight years in Morrison Square, the popular Wednesday fixture will be saying goodbye to the old location tomorrow and setting up shop along the Maitai Boulevard next week.
The newly-named area is the pathway that runs from opposite Paru Paru Rd down to the Maitai footbridge.
The market has been on the hunt for a new site since July, after receiving an eviction notice from Morrison Square by landlord the Accident Compensation Corporation.
Buxton Square was thrown out there as an option, but was turned down by Nelson City Council who offered the riverside location as an alternative.
Market manager Miriam Clark says, although the new location is not as central as Morrison Square, it will be a more “family-friendly” environment with some exciting additions.
Instead of the usual 10:30am – 3:30pm hours, the market will now open at 8am and finish at 2pm, with a “bigger variety of stalls” including more food stalls serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Miriam says the market will also “have the room to grow and develop free from the previous constraints of space and trade” of Morrison Square.
“There were restrictions with the types of stalls we could allow, and with our new hours people will be able to come and do their shopping on their way to work.”
She also says that parking was always a “bone of contention” right in town.
“There wasn’t enough parking for both customers and stall holders, but the new location is a far more welcoming environment – it ticks all the boxes.”
Miriam says they are of the attitude “that they will lose some and they will gain some” in terms of customers, but she hopes that people will stroll down in their lunch breaks and enjoy what the new site has to offer.
“It has taken such a long time to get to this point but we’re ready to move on to the next phase. There’s a lot of potential here,” she says.
The Nelson Farmers Market will be up and running from its new location from 11 October with an official opening including a bouncy castle and activities for kids.
Tomorrow’s market will be running in Morrison Square as usual.