I love street markets, no matter where in the world they are. Its the combinations of colors, activity and people that make them so fascinating. Here is a selection of images taken at the Matakana Market, a farmers’ market held during the summer at Matakana Village, an hour’s drive north of Auckland.
Well, that’s what the sign said! Clearly this wasn’t the case on the day of our visit to the Matakana Market. Perhaps the sign had been turned around?
How about some organic beans, or spray-free tomatoes? This is a farmers’ market afterall, and we have t cater for all tastes.
Baby Royal Gala apples as well, you know, the ones on the bike! Or is the man on the bike chasing the apple? But, I’ll take some special capsicums, please. And is that pumpkin $4, or is it Number 84?
Because I haven’t had much time lately to get out and photograph anything, because of packing our house full of belongings into a storage unit, so I have revisited my library of images to get inspiration for posts. The next few posts will contain images taken at the Matakana Market located about an hour’s drive north of Auckland. The farmers’ market runs on Saturdays through the summer months and attracts large numbers of visitors from Auckland and the surrounding district, especially from the holiday homes at the nearby beaches.
One of the features of the market is the small group of musicians who play there during the opening hours to entertain shoppers. Occasionally they leave their “stand” and wander through the market. Here are a couple of images of the market minstrels.
A 60 km drive north of Auckland will take you to the delightful rural village of Matakana. The village lies on the road from Warkworth to the fishing village of Leigh and the Leigh Marine Reserve. In former times the village was no more than a dairy factory, general store, pub, a small church and a the local country primary school.
Over the last 30 years that has all changed. City folk discovered the nearby beaches and built holiday cottages that drew weekend and holiday travellers into the area. With them came the desire for some of the facilities they were used to in the suburbs so craft shops, cafes and coffee houses began opening in the village. The Dairy factory has been taken over by a potter, craft furniture maker and a gift shop. Nearby a boutique cinema and shopping area has opened. In the area between, behind the shopping area, a farmers market is held each Saturday morning throughout the year.
I captured this image while walking through the market. Just before the shutter “clicked” the girl looked up slightly startled, then smiled and carried on with her work.
Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/20 sec, F 4.5, ISO 100, Sony DT 18-70 mm lens at 26 mm