Last weekend I drove over to Whitiang, on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsular to visit an old school chum. On the Sunday we visited the Farmers' market at Gumtown - just south of Coroglen. My chum was dismayed to see 20 cars in the parking lot "Looks like the place is getting too popular with tourists" he grunted. He hasn't been to Matakana, & somehow I don't think he'd like it!
In & around the old Gumtown hall were a dozen or so stalls, & at the back, backing on to the river was a large community garden.
Stall produce included home-made hula hoops, stained glass, a BBQ, coffee & cake, jams, eggs, veges, plants, bread, smoked meat, eggs, pickles, & preserves.
I bought some salami, smoked venison, pickled olives, blue cheese, & a dozen blue-shelled eggs [from South American araucana chickens] - thereby contributing a grand total of $38 to the local economy.
My chum & I also enjoyed a coffee in the sun - & he introduced me to some of the locals: a pretty friendly bunch of farmers, growers, & alternative-lifestylers.
On the way back I stopped at the Wholesale Fisheries in Thames & bought some smoked salmon carcases with heads on - delicious!