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Markets have been a part of city life for centuries and have also become popular tourist attractions. Nelsons Saturday Market is an iconic market for gourmet and artisanal food and products. Every Saturday morning 8am to 1pm for more than 40 years, Nelson Market owner Nita Knight has welcomed visitors to discover a unique creative showcase. The Saturday Market is a vibrant mixture of growers, artisans, food manufacturers, food stalls and street musicians. Offering an abundance of farm-fresh Nelson grown fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of gourmet specialty foods. Arts, crafts and jewellery from local area vendors can also be found.
The Saturday Market in Nelson is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday morning soaking up some community vibes, catch up with friends and family over coffee, brunch or lunch and savour the rich diversity of Nelson goods on offer. There are an impressive amount of stalls at the market at Montgomery Square where you can purchase goodies like coffee, french pastries, sausage sizzles, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy products, olive oils, condiments, desserts, flowers, arts, jewellery, live music and entertainment and a selection of gourmet food trucks. By supporting small businesses and providing opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, these markets feature some of the finest local produce in town. The Saturday market is culinary adventures, a chance to see, taste and learn about the incredible variety of Nelson’s fresh produce and food products. They are also a chance to hang out with the producers and get their tips on how to use these ultra-fresh foods.
Also, at the Saturday market, you can be on the lookout for speciality foods and handmade crafts too – great for gifts. The Nelson Market is recognised throughout New Zealand and the world, for its fine produce and quality artistry. This is a wonderful market, extremely well run by Nita Knight. Nita founded and has operated the Nelson Saturday Market for 42 years since 1978. She has overseen the market’s development into a community hub and visitor attraction for Nelson and has been an advocate for locally produced goods, art, craft and designers. One important mission is to promote buying local and supporting regional businesses, arts, and crafts and the market has been an incubator for well-known businesses and products including Pic’s Peanut Butter, Anathoth Jam, Pete’s Lemonade, Hogarth’s Chocolate and Proper Crisps. In 2018 Nita Knight received a New Zealand Order of Merit citation for her contribution to the Nelson region and its businesses
“The Nelson Market is a mission-driven, non-political business. Our focus is on enabling people to achieve satisfying lifestyles through nurturing their creativity, sharing their passion and skills. We are providing a platform to launch small business ideas, many of which have grown into flourishing national success stories”.
The market also supports worthy charities and causes that advance the quality of life for local Nelson people and all New Zealanders.
Nelson’s Saturday market is a culinary adventure, a chance to see, taste and learn. Jewellery, pottery, artisan soaps are among the incredible items you’ll find along the stalls. Even if you’re just passing through, and not stocking your home pantry, the market is well worth a visit for the wide array of baked goods, sandwiches, and food trucks. Nelson market is a great place for the friendly atmosphere and the best way to leave the week behind and enjoy your Saturday morning.