Five Auckland markets to explore

I love markets. I love craft markets, farmers markets, car boot sales, you name it, I'm there. Thanks to Yarns, I've been able to head along to plenty of markets all over Auckland. I've picked a few that I've been to that I really enjoyed, and that I think deserve plenty of support. So if you're at a loose end for something to do one weekend, check out when these markets are on and head along to explore!

Manurewa Maker Market

 
 

This market is so amazing. It's run by the team at Manurewa High School, and the majority of the stallholders are students from the school, as well as other schools across Auckland. The day that I was there, there were students selling homemade fudge sauce, beautiful natural skincare products, upcycled wine bottles turned into platters, lampshades adorned with recycled toys, plus so much more. It's awesome to see the next generation amping up their entreprenurial spirit, and that's something I really think needs plenty of support. 

For more information on Manurewa Maker Market, check out their Facebook page.

Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market

 
 

I've been lucky enough to have a stall at this market a few times now, and it's nothing but fun! Situated on the verandah of the local library, there's a playground opposite that sees parents bring their children out for a morning run around. There's always a variety of handmade products, from soy candles, jewellery, plenty of knitted items, and baby bits and pieces. It's such a nice environment, and everyone is up for a chat. Definitely a nice way to start a weekend day with.

For more information on Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market, check out their Facebook page.

Sustainable Papakura Market

 
 

This market's been evolving over the years. I had a stall there once or twice, and always found it a great place to explore the local talent. They have a heavy focus on sustainability (obviously, it's in the name), and it's admirable that the team is passionate, wanting to get Papakura on board with living waste-free and upcycling what we can. I'm all for that! Held at the local rec centre, it's always filled to the brim with stalls. Definitely get along when you can to check it out!

For more information on Sustainable Papakura Market, check out their Facebook page.

Pukekohe's The Makers' Market 

 
 

I went to this market in its early days. It's a great destination market considering there's the amazing Alysum Cafe right next to it, the art gallery, and the library. There's always a large variety of stalls, with no two stalls selling the same thing. I highly recommend stopping in for a coffee and a snack at Alysum Cafe and exploring the stalls when you can!

For more information on The Makers' Market, check out their Facebook page.

The Clevedon Village Farmers Market

Seriously. Schedule this one into your weekly diary. Head along to The Clevedon Village Farmers Market every week to stock up on fresh veges and fruit, all your meat and fish for the week, as well as so many other goodies! There's so many awesome locally made products. It's such a nice way to support the local makers. I love the concept of shopping small and supporting local businesses! 

For more information on The Clevedon Village Farmers Market, check out their Facebook page.