Seven years on the riverside

The Riverside Produce Markets

Every Thursday in Dargaville, from 12–4pm you’ll find the Riverside Produce Markets in the Ad Focus car park.

“I think Thursdays may be the only day that you have trouble finding a car park,” says organiser Debra van Leeuwerden.

The idea for a weekly market in Dargaville originally came from Darlene Lang Gent and Chris Donahoe.

Then one day Debra’s sister-in-law, who runs a market in Tauranga, suggested that they should start one in their Ad Focus car park.

Now, seven years later, the Riverside Produce Market is still going every week.

“I love that these guys make it themselves and grow it themselves.

I love that we are encouraging little businesses.

“That’s what it’s about. It’s also a great place where people can come sit, eat and catch up with each other.”

The market offers seasonal, fresh, organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, smoked fish, free range eggs, cheese, honey, plants, crafts and coffee.

Due to only stocking fresh, seasonal and local produce, “the market changes all the time. One week you might have 18 stores, the next week you might have seven,” said Debra. “It is only a small market but it’s really got everything we need.”

“We also have provision for a community stall every week — you can come along and have a stall at no cost if you’re raising money for something.”

Keen market goer and local Sabina comes every week as she loves being able to buy local and organic produce.

She also raves about the Greenway stalls ‘amazing chilli jam’.


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