Motueka Sunday Market
From its humble beginnings nearly 30 years ago, the Motueka Sunday Market has grown from a handful of stalls and around 100 customers each week into a thriving business with more than 50 stalls and more than 2000 customers each week.
A fusion of farmers’ market, craft market and secondhand market, it’s a great place to eat, socialise, and meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere. The Motueka Sunday Market is surprisingly and refreshingly diverse, both in its range of goods and services, and also in terms of its stallholders, locals, and visitors.
“So many different languages are spoken at the Market, and there’s little groups within groups. On a Sunday morning one group will sit and laugh and tell stories and have coffee together, and then there’ll be another group, and another,” says Motueka Sunday Market founder and director, Judy Roper. “Friendships grow into what only can be described as family."
“We stayed small at first, but slowly and steadily, stallholders from the Nelson Saturday Market began setting up shop with us on a Sunday at the Moteuka Market. Some stalls that are still there every Sunday have been there from the very beginning, and others are seasonal or casual.”
Early adopters of the Motueka Sunday Market, like Doris Faulhaber with her handmade German sausages and smallgoods stall, Bratwurst Grill, have stayed on to become iconic parts of the market, and are still going strong more than 20 years later.
The Motueka Sunday Market not only caters for locals and tourists, but also other businesses in the Nelson Tasman region. Chefs and cooks from the region’s luxury lodges, restaurants, and cafés can be spotted each week buying fresh produce from Steve Morris’ long-standing Heatherdale Orchards fruit and vege stall.
The Motueka Sunday Market runs from 8am – 1pm each Sunday at Decks Reserve car park in central Motueka, and is a must-do activity in the Nelson Tasman region.
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