Waking up to a typical beautiful day my youngest son (21yrs) and I had a 5am morning start and drove from Ōtaki and headed to the Martinborough market to sell our Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation's Indigenous pure Awazibi Maple Syrup.
It was absolutely people packed, and busy with the exchange of wares and $$s. What a great day for family to participate in this glorious event. There were many foodstalls from ice cream to hotdogs, and hamburgers and many choices of cultural foods.
The concept of this market day for a small rural town was a fantastic idea from the beginning. They probably didn't realise how big this event would turn into. It has been in operation since 1977 and has changed very little since then. If you are thinking of using this event to promote your wares, you need to book ahead by two years at least. I would certainly recommend it.
āriafoods certainly had a great day with our product, as we completely "sold out", and we generated such interest because some of those customers who did buy the product commented on how beautiful it tasted, and to such an extent, they placed an order for more. Now that's what market day is all about for those stall holders who are trying to drum up more business. We must not forget too, that it's also about meeting people, other stall holders as well.
So, to this end, I would highly recommend spending a family day at the Martinborough market.
Te Roroa is an Iwi from the region between the Kaipara Harbour and the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. They operate a number of Iwi owned businesses including a honey operation called Waipoua Honey, named after the forest they boarder and which is home to the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand called Tāne Mahuta.
We began working with Te Roroa over two years ago to look at selling their products through āria foods and the potential to export to oversea markets. At the same time we were talking with Trade Aid about the opportunity to sell Awazibi Maple Syrup through their network and this eventually lead us to connect Te Roroa with Trade Aid and for them to become the first Indigenous sourced, New Zealand based food product accepted for sale through their stores. At the core of the relationship is the recognition that the aims and values of Te Roroa line up with the mission and values of Trade Aid. And even though they may not fit with the traditional notion of aid for developing countries, Te Roroa's commitment to Northland, its aspirations for improving the lives of its people and its role of kaitiaki (guardian) for the lands and forests surrounding it, including Tāne Mahuta, provides Trade Aid with the confidence its support will make a difference in the lives of Iwi and New Zealand as a whole..
You can show your support by shopping at Trade Aid stores and buying Waipoua Honey. The Iwi is also committed to using some of the money generated from honey sales to fighting Kauri Die Back, a disease that is killing Kauri trees across New Zealand. And if you get a chance support Trade Aid by volunteering. They are a great community to be a part of.