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To market . . . Pleasant Point Farmers Market organiser Sue Wills is hoping for a great turnout to the first market. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

Pleasant Point people will be able to shop local on Sunday, when the town holds its first monthly farmers market.

But organiser Sue Wills is also hoping the event will prove an attraction for people from around South Canterbury, and position Pleasant Point as a destination.

With travel and tour guiding off the table, Ms Wills turned her mind to something a little closer to home.

“I guess it was during lockdown, the whole rush of people wanting to get into gardening and grow their own. I’m an avid farmers market-goer freshness of a farmers market.

“There’s something nice about a farmers market, with produce going directly from the farmers to consumers, and getting all the information from the grower first hand.”

A “Pleasant Point girl”, she felt the local community needed something, and having a farmers market and promoting Pleasant Point as a destination would combine to showcase all the great things the area had to offer.

Seasonal produce, custard squares, fresh eggs, olive oil, honey and lavender products would be complemented by coffee and food carts, live music and crafts, with the emphasis on locally grown and made.

Ms Wills is hoping people from around South Canterbury will consider a day trip to check out the market and everything else Pleasant Point has to offer, such as steam trains and museum, Maori rock art, native bats, cycling tracks, playgrounds and the domain.

“I think the time is right – the community is ready for something like this.”

The Pleasant Point Farmers Market will be held on the third Sunday of the month on the grass area beside Main Rd opposite the taxidermist, from 9am to 1pm, wet or fine.