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On Saturday, June 13th, Ōtaki Yard launched their new market allowing the community to meet and get to know their local suppliers supporting local communities. It is one of the great aspects Ōtaki Yard has employed for the small town Ōtaki.
The market runs every Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm pulling in a large group of people for a day out.
The Ōtaki Yard supplies produce, fresh vegetables, free-range eggs, baked goods, cheese, salami, meats, flowers, soaps they are chemical-free, shampoos, clothing art, and much much more. In this article, we want to show you the stallholders and their products. You might just like one of them or all of them!
Matt Innes, site manager of the Ōtaki Yard said on the launch day (June the 13th) “It’s so amazing to see all these local small businesses that have come together and just got their products on display.”
Featuring some stallholders to give them the recognition they deserve, we interviewed many that wished not to have video taken but photos, take a look below:
Morehu Connor Phillips is promoting his brand TSF (Three Six Four) which stands for the Ōtaki prefix code (landline number e.g 364 1234)
The brand is his own and the printing for the design/wording on the T-Shirts, Jerseys & Beanies are all done on the Kāpiti Coast from a company called KC Embroidery.
Michael Farrugia is selling locally sourced honey from around Kāpiti, Te Horo, Ōtaki, and Manakau.
He’s worked in the honey industry with bigger companies for 10 years while doing so he also makes his own honey locally with his own hives.
Michael wished not to be in the photo.
Christie Pescini is selling Bath beauty and home fragrances. She loves making soaps, it’s a quick to make also.
“I started making soaps as a hobby, it all started at other markets and I gained an audience that has followed me ever since buying my products.”
The soaps take 6 weeks to cure, but after 6 weeks passes by they are able to be used. Christie loves to experiment with different colors and designs while making soaps & bath bombs.
“There is quite a lot of support from new customers at the Ōtaki Yard.”
She also mentions that her customers have seen her products elsewhere and were surprised to see her at the Ōtaki Yard.
Maria Nicholls also is selling honey. She talks about Shaun Wakeford, the beekeeper of little bEE.
“His father had bees when he was a child, he wasn’t too interested in it in the end but when he got older, he had fruit trees on his property. And, the fruit trees weren’t setting fruits so he got in a beehive and just his love grew from there.”
“He has now got 250 hives up and down the Kāpiti Coast as well as having worked a little bit with the landowner’s John Barret on Kāpiti Island on the north end so there is some Kāpiti Coast honey as well.
Maria says she lives in Manakau & she is exploring the market that is nice and close to home/where her family lives. She also has a great love for Ōtaki. “It’s great seeing the buzz!” said Maria.
Kāpiti Olives are selling their locally made Extra Virgin olive oil. Polyphenols are nature’s antioxidants and are a major source of Extra Virgin Olive Oil health benefits. Among oils, only Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in polyphenols that result in its health-giving properties.
Anzil is selling Italian cheese and meat products. This includes prosciutto, bresaola, gorgonzola, and pecorino. They even make their own Anzil salami made from 100% New Zealand origin of beef, pork, lamb, and venison.
“We have 6 generations’ knowledge, experience, and tradition behind us which supports us to ensure the highest quality standards during the selection of our ingredients and production.”
“Our unique distribution channel means that you can buy our products directly from us in local markets, as our center is Waikane in the Wellington region. Meeting our family and our colleagues in person on local markets you can choose your favorites with professional help and advice of the experts once you have tasted our wide range of products.”
There are many other products but some wished not to be in photos.
When you’re wanting to go out of the house with the family or your friends during the weekend, make sure you come down to the Ōtaki Yard every Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.