The Christchurch Farmers Markets are renowned amongst New Zealanders as the top farmers markets to visit, not only for the diverse range of farm products to choose from, but also because of the stunning location. Held at the heritage listed Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton is just 3.5km from the heart of Christchurch and very easy to get to, even by public transport. Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, rain, hail or shine, the Christchurch Farmers Markets are not to be missed.
Historic Riccarton House and Grounds
Historic Riccarton House has been hosting the Christchurch Farmers Markets since 2003. Riccarton House is the former home to the Deans family, the founding family of the Canterbury area. Dating back as far as 1843, Riccarton House sits on 12 hectares of beautiful grounds next to the Avon River and is protected by native bushland featuring Kahikatea trees that are up to 600 years old. The heritage listed house has over 20 fully restored rooms that house original family items including china, furniture, clothing and even a violin. The Christchurch Farmers Markets are held on the beautiful grounds with plenty of parking available.
Fresh Local Produce at the Christchurch Farmers Markets All of the store holders are from the local area and actually grow, prepare or bake the goods that are for sale. They're all happy to share their stories and recipes, answer your questions and let you sample their fine foods if possible. There's so much fresh local produce to choose from you're really spoilt here - free range chicken and pork, Spanish chorizo, organic fruit and vegetables, cheeses, artisan breads, olive oils, Hummingbird coffee, preserves and jams and loads and loads of baked goodies. Plus there are fresh flowers, plants and some beautiful products from the local lavender farm. Come with an empty stomach so you can enjoy a freshly cooked meal and sample the local wines and brews all while listening to live music.