Market stallholders, products increasing

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Waimate’s Saturday morning market is blossoming.
The number of stallholders and the range of goods they stocked had expanded considerably in recent weeks, spokeswoman Lynne Searle said.
A committee has been formed to oversee the weekly event, which runs from 9.30am to noon at 125 Queen St. That had made “a huge difference” to its popularity, Mrs Searle said.
“People are talking about it.”
She and her husband David, a well-known former Waimate cricket captain and groundsman, have been instrumental in helping to lift the market to new levels of participation and quality. They have returned to Mr Searle’s home town after living in the North Island, where they were also involved with
community markets.
There were at least 12 vendors at the Waimate site each week, Mrs Searle said, and sometimes as many as 18. Their wares included custard squares, home baking, gluten-free and low-sugar chutneys and preserves, large wooden toys and rocking horses, hand-blown glass pendants and earrings, sewing, baby
clothes, folk art, plants and fresh vegetables.
There were a few rules to abide by, mostly concerning health and safety _ such as ensuring food was prepared in appropriate premises and gazebos were weighted down.
The market provides a social connection with customers stopping to talk to others or meeting up with people they have not seen for a while.
“It’s very positive,” Mrs Searle said.
Anyone wanting to become a stallholder can contact Mrs Searle on (03) 689-7905.