FMNZ is a membership organisation of around 40 independently owned and operated Farmers' Markets; over 1000 small food businesses, with an estimated 50,000 customers supporting them every week of the year
The growing popularity of Farmers’ Markets is something being seen worldwide, for a host of reasons.
Greater awareness (or concern) of what’s in our food
Growing demand for regional, unadulterated and organic produce,
Benefits of investment into local resources,
Increasing awareness of sustainable agriculture
Influential television chefs pushing fresh seasonal ingredients combined with good old nostalgia +
Supporting community ideals.
These are just a few of the influences causing Farmers’ Markets to flourish in New Zealand.
Whatever the reasons, the benefits are tremendous for the communities involved and should be enjoyed by everyone.
The Farmers’ Market movement is about building and strengthening local communities, supporting local food related businesses and giving consumers access to regional food.