This is our third week at the Paraparaumu market and the second time I have run it. Tom continues to do the Otaki market. Its a great market with lots of wonderful food, fresh veggies and great breads and cakes and I really enjoy the coffee. Its close to the beach, so it can be a bit windy and at the moment its a southerly so cold. Though it was cloudy the rain stayed away and we got lots of people through.
One of the main reasons we go to the markets is being able to connect to customers. We share with them our story and though many have tried maple syrup in the past they are surprised at how great “real” maple syrup tastes. You do have to explain that the maple syrup they get from the supermarkets is often only flavoured sugar products and not the real thing. If nothing else we hope we are doing our bit to educate people on the difference.
So today we launched our new Farmers Market Transport Vehicle or FMTV for short. It has a low carbon food print, saving countless trees and is good for our planet. It is contributing to the health and well-being of āria foods staff (aka me) and is very cost effective to use. It is a bit slow and I have to admit being as unfit as I am it was like running a marathon but it is the way we will be getting our gear to and from the markets from now on. So if you see a guy pulling a trolley on a Saturday morning in Paraparaumu at around 7.30 am, give him a toot as its probably me.