Lucy Marr came to us through our gorgeous friend Emily of Bodha Modern Wellness. I was looking for an Auckland insider who was passionate about a conscious lifestyle and Emily introduced me to Lucy. Lucy is the founder and creator of Sans [ceuticals], a beautiful collection of pure, chemical free, highly active skin + hair products.
"Unable to find products that were highly active but also pure and chemical-free, Sans [ceuticals] founder, Lucy Marr, enlisted New Zealand’s top scientists to create a range of products unlike any other. A recognised expert in the beauty industry, Marr has been uncompromising in her search for high-quality, pure and effective ingredients for the Sans [ceuticals] collection."
There could be no-one better fitting than to show us around the best Farmers Markets in Auckland... thank you so much for sharing your favourites Lucy !
+ SATURDAY MORNING | MANTAKA FARMERS MARKET
+ SUNDAYS | AVONDALE MARKETS
An easy drive from Omaha beach, the Matakana Farmers markets are a favourite out-of-the-city excursion on a Saturday morning. A beautifully laid out selection of organic chocolate, flowers, wine, olive oil, and the all important freshly brewed morning coffee with locally roasted beans. There’s a lovely man who makes the most amazing mussel fritters, they literally melt in your mouth. Plus there’s a delicious locally made apple juice, which we always grab a bottle of. Once we’ve done a quick round, picking up essentials and trying new produce and flavours, we go about finding a seat in the sun to watch the live local bands. After we’ve visited the beach, we stop off for organic blueberry ice creams from the Matakana Village.
30 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.
On Sundays, I like to rise at the crack of dawn and go to the Avondale markets before the crowds get there. I love chatting to the growers there who are all extremely passionate about what they’re offering, and this market is renowned for its exotic and unusual produce. My most recent visit supplied me with beautiful green bananas, fresh tofu and noodles, watercress and fresh turmeric. Definitely my first stop though is coffee, which you have to pick up at Woodworks cafe around the corner.
Avondale Racecourse, Ash St, Avondale, Auckland.
Once the fruit bowl of Auckland, Oratia Markets have grown out of an abundance of local orchards. My picks are the beautiful hand picked stone fruits, freshly baked breads and mouth-watering smoked fish. I like visiting during winter to stock up on root vegetables to add to warming slow-cooked meals and healing soups.
99 Parrs Cross Road, Oratia, Waitakere City, Auckland (with free parking).
A great market to visit during summer. I love taking my two boys along as the markets are situated on a farm. You must try the homemade ice cream and ice blocks, full of nourishing ingredients rather than anything too sugary.
Mahoenui Valley Rd, Coatesville, Auckland.
Located in the heart of South Auckland, the Otara markets are a feast for your eyes. It is the largest Polynesian-style market in New Zealand, selling everything from local produce and flowers through to Pasifika treasures. The last time we visited, I picked up some homemade kumara and potato bread. The delicious whitebait fritters are also not to be missed! Spend some time watching the local artists carve from stone and wood. Some weekends there will be cultural performances, live music and entertainment adding to the lively atmosphere.
Newbury Street, off East Tamaki Road, Otara.
Getting back home after a market crawl is always amazing, we’re so lucky to live where we do, it really feels like we’re living in the country. I spend a lot of time cooking and making things up for the family from my market produce; Kasundi, lacto-fermentation and perfecting my sourdough loaf.
Images by Greta van der Star and Yasmine Ganley.