Our Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, on London Street
Stallholders with fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants sell at the market every week.
The market has been running since the beginning of September 2005 and is as a not-for-profit enterprise by Project Lyttelton Inc. and local volunteers.
This year, we'll be holding a Christmas Night Market at Albion Square - Wednesday December 23rd, 4pm-8pm, with entertainment and market stalls.
More information on stallholders and produce can be found on the Farmers Market Vendors page.
There are several ideals that market organisers Project Lyttelton see as central to the markets’ success:
Commitment to local food:
14 of our regular stall holders are actually from Lyttelton itself, with a whole swathe more from under 20 kms away.
Commitment to local music:
We commit to paying local musicians each week – this has been especially significant since the earthquakes took out many nearby venues and gigs. Our much loved musical scene is a huge asset to the town and anything we can do to support musical talent to remain in port we will.
Commitment to community:
As well as working hard to create a fun vibrant event that encourages locals to linger, catch up with friends and enjoy a local coffee (or two or three), we support and encourage community groups to utilize the opportunities that the market offers. To this end we have hosted many fundraisers since being on London st, from the Fire brigade bucket rattling for their sky tower challenge to St John fundraising with the ambulance on the street. From selling a community calendar last Christmas that raised money for three different local groups to hosting information stands from The Time Ball historical team to gather local opinion on its future.
Commitment to local business:
We love our local businesses and have recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association formalising our commitment to working with them on a market of the future that works with and for local business. Talking to business owners frequently you get an understanding of how hard the earthquake hit them. Visitors all but stopped coming to Lyttelton, ask many of them what that meant – and the answer comes back loud and clear - it was tough, really tough. Indeed as Charvah co-owner of the Port Hole said recently “these days visitors are vital here, we need as many as we can get!”. Walk down the street on market day and you will see the stalls arranged in ‘pods’ with strategically placed gaps. We want to encourage shoppers to meander in and out, on and off the foot path. As more shops open (yay!) this is a challenge – but one that we take on whole heartedly as we celebrate together our towns’ return to strength.