When the Oamaru Farmers’ Market commenced trading in September 2011, the initial plan was to operate only during the more clement months of the year (September through March). But the popularity of the market, both with the public and the vendors, led to a call for the market to function year-round, which the organisers were only too happy to do. However, the reality of wintertime weather in the South Island of NZ means that being outdoors in June and July would probably be slightly uncomfortable, so the decision was taken to move indoors for the period April through August.
Today (15 August) was the inaugural indoor market, since last Sunday was Easter and no trading is permitted under NZ law, and what a success it turned out to be! The venue for the market is the back room at the Loan & Merc restaurant, a fantastic space in a restored 19th Century warehouse that oozes character and charm. The vendors had their wares arrayed on long wooden tables and the whole thing just had a wonderful atmosphere of warmth and abundance. And even though the weather turned out to be quite lovely this day, I don’t think anyone minded being indoors in such a great space.
There are a number of photos of the indoor market on their Flickr page, which you can access here.
If you’re interested in visiting the Oamaru Farmers’ Market, it’s open on Sundays from 9:30am to 1:00pm and it’s located at the back room of the Loan & Merc on Harbour Street.