I love visiting new farmers markets so this week I finally visited a new market here in New Zealand: The Parnell Farmers’ Market!
The Parnell Farmers’ Market is behind the Jubilee Building in the carpark at 545 Parnell Road. It’s sort of a seemingly random location but I really liked the building in front of the market – it looked cooler than many farmer’s markets you drive up to!
The market is a true farmer’s market and has a variety of seasonal produce and foods. There are no crafts and art or other items, just food stuff.
I arrived around 10 am and the little market was bustling but there was still had room to walk around comfortably. You could tell this was a popular market for people in the area since it was so busy.
Without a plan in mind, I wandered around checking out the stalls and talking with various people while checking out different stalls and vegetable options.
We had a long and pretty hilarious talk with a gentleman trying to figure out what these manglebeets were. None of us really new but we all had theories. We settled on the idea of it being a cross between a beetroot and carrot (orange, short and stubby). Sounds reasonable, right?
I ended up asking the lady selling them and it turns out they are just a beetroot. Weird! I didn’t even know beetroot came in this color!
I liked a lot of the stallholders there and the products they were selling. Relish the Thought had a great name (I regret not buying something here) and almost sold me entirely on the name and branding.
We did end up buying a few things like purple carrots and delicious treats from the artisan patisserie Marron & Dolce.
One thing I was super excited about was trying rhubarb! I bought a rhubarb and custard tart that looked like a good way to test out rhubarb for the first time – sweet and with other delicious foods.
Such a good choice for eating rhubarb for the first time! It was incredibly delicious and didn’t scare me off rhubarb which I’ve been avoiding for years (for no reason). My irrational rhubarb fears have been cast away and I now see why people eat it and use it in their desserts.
More Thoughts About Parnell Farmers’ Market
- Cute little market.
- Nice location. I like the Parnell/Newmarket area.
- Love that it’s only produce and foods at the market.
- Super friendly vendors. I got an extra carrot free when I bought my purple carrots!
- Everything I tasted was delicious.
- Dog friendly. We saw several people with their doggies.
- Parking options weren’t the best, but that just might be because we don’t know the area well.
- Since it’s so small there isn’t a lot of variety. You could probably see everything in a couple minutes.