New Zealand Fruit Picking
Increasingly fashionable, farmers’ markets keep the food miles low and quality high. Paihia, in the historic Bay of Islands, hosts a pop-up market every Thursday afternoon on the Village Green. With smoked fish, cheeses, artisan breads, eggs and vine-ripened tomatoes, this is the perfect picnic stock-up spot. Many of the same stallholders head to nearby Kerikeri on Saturday mornings. On Sunday mornings in rural Waikato, Hamilton’s Te Rapa Racecourse turns itself over to baked goods, fruit and vegetables, meat, coffee and entertainment while picturesque Clevedon, south of Auckland, has fresh local oysters, among other delicacies.
An estimated 50, 000 loyal locals and passing tourists flock to farmers’ markets every week seeking seasonal, sustainably produced food. Be sure to travel with a cooler (called a chilly bin in New Zealand), utensils and napkins to make the most of eating well on the road. See more at farmersmarkets.org.nz