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Coroglen Sunday Markets

By Verna Carr

A nice way to spend a Sunday, Coroglen Market is a community event. The locals gather to have a chat, enjoy a coffee and a pastry, whilst listening to the music. An array of hand-made goods, fresh produce, plants for the garden, bespoke jewellery, delicious home-made food, soaps, lotions, and medicinal herbs are all for sale by local growers and craftspeople. At Coroglen Market you get to meet the local artists and photographers who are happy to discuss their work and their passion.

The markets were started 20 years ago by Fiona and Kevin. For the last 7-8 years, Jess has been the organiser and chief coffee maker. Every Sunday morning, she and her brother Benson set up the individual gazebos for the stall holders. At 8.00 am, the place is a hive of activity, with stall holders arriving and laying out their wares. The atmosphere is full of hellos and greetings as people catch up with the weekly news.

The Coroglen Markets have a happy, high-vibe community feel and everyone is on a first-name basis. So, I will go with this tradition and name the stall holders by their first names. Come and meet the friendly people at Coroglen Market.

Jupiter makes beautiful hand-crafted wooden figurines

Carmen from Rainbow Warriors Jewellery makes the most exquisite macramé necklaces, mandalas, and crystals. Each piece is totally unique. She also runs workshops on how to make your own macramé jewellery.

Steffie – Steffie has a 100-year-old sewing machine, which she uses to recycle and upcycle old material into bags and other useful items in lauding dolls clothes.

Leli and Noah own the Breadmobile. Their speciality bread is sourdough, made using sustainable natural ingredients. They also sell freshly picked garden produce from the garden behind the markets.

Shannon, Deny, and Keren were selling house plants and Denny’s tie-dyed t-shirts.

Delphy and Sean from the Wilderness community selling chutneys, vinegars, honey, and avocados, all grown in their community gardens.

Cliff and Keterina have an abundance of carrots, beetroot cauliflowers, broccoli, and potatoes, all spray- and chemical-free, picked the day before in their garden.

Dave used to be a landscape gardener, now making jewellery. His work is beautifully crafted.

Patti’s Kitchen – in the doors to the main hall; her home baking and the delicious aromas will tempt you – sweet tooth or savoury.

Jess and the girls make excellent coffee and home-made ice blocks.

Lisa – Soap Plus. Lisa makes all her own soaps. Part of her range is Kopakawa cream, an excellent remedy for sunburn, nappy rash, skin infections, and insect bites.

Donna – Blondeez specialises in medicinal herbs, hand-made balms, slaves rescue remedies, and stress relievers – all natural products.

Jen -Two Cats Craft is a dab hand at decoupage. Decoupage is the art or craft of decorating objects with paper cut-outs.

Sandra – Sunflower Glass Studios, Sandra and husband. Mark have created an excellent range of bead bracelets and necklaces and other jewellery plus fun things like mushrooms, Christmas trees, and funky fish.

Birgitt – a fantastic artistic talent—using colourful, vibrant designs and paintings that she has made into bags and jewellery.

Maggie -a Coromandel photographer who portrays her love for the wonder and beauty of the Coromandel in her book, Quintessential Coromandel and cards and calendars.

Agustin and Tania from the Tati Frutti Mobile Van. From Uruguay to Coroglen, what a journey! They make flavourful natural juices and smoothies. They also make mouth-watering, award-winning pies. STOP PRESS!! – These are no longer available because they no longer have access to a commercial kitchen, so if you can help them out, or know anyone they can share with, or make arrangements to use a commercial kitchen, you will be doing them and the pie lovers of the world (or just Coroglen and Whitianga) a huge favour.

Benson of Pukewai Produce – no carbon miles here. Benson sells locally produced flowers, plants, and fresh herbs.

Ivan and Irma are Jacobs Well Honey. They have been beekeepers for over 18 years; and the fine taste and purity of their honey is well known. They also sell candles, melts, and bee wax.

Christine sells herbs and plants she has grown in her own garden; again, no nasty chemicals. Also quail’s eggs or bee wax wraps, then she is the person.

Kati, as a young mum Kati was looking for sugar-free treats for her daughter. Her home-made chocolates are to die for and they do not have any sugar in them.

Verna reads tarot cards and has written a spiritual book called Metamorphosis Wisdom for a Changing Consciousness. She is also a keen photographer and has packs of cards for sale.

Nathaniel from Purangi Winery – he has a passion for growing things and is very knowledgeable about the plants, vegetables, and tea he sells. All grown in the market garden and food forest of Purangi Winery Estate. Unfortunately, due to liquor laws, he is not allowed to sell wine at the market, which is a shame because it would be an excellent way for tourists and locals alike to sample the local vintage.

Toya’s happy place is singing at the Coroglen markets, which her family has done for years. Relax and enjoy hearing Toya sing.

Arun, a German traveller who has practiced yoga, offers an amazing experience of sound healing, light language, and DNA activation.

Come to the Coroglen markets on a Sunday morning; you never know who you will meet or the treasures you will find. The market offers the freshest, healthiest vegetables and produce in the area. Everything is locally grown, spray-free, and chemical-free. The baked goods are baked the night before, using wholesome ingredients. The jewellery and crafts are all made by the people who are selling them; nothing is mass produced. For a great day out, come and meet the locals of Coroglen.

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By Verna Carr

A nice way to spend a Sunday, Coroglen Market is a community event. The locals gather to have a chat, enjoy a coffee and a pastry, whilst listening to the music. An array of hand-made goods, fresh produce, plants for the garden, bespoke jewellery, delicious home-made food, soaps, lotions, and medicinal herbs are all for sale by local growers and craftspeople. At Coroglen Market you get to meet the local artists and photographers who are happy to discuss their work and their passion.

The markets were started 20 years ago by Fiona and Kevin. For the last 7-8 years, Jess has been the organiser and chief coffee maker. Every Sunday morning, she and her brother Benson set up the individual gazebos for the stall holders. At 8.00 am, the place is a hive of activity, with stall holders arriving and laying out their wares. The atmosphere is full of hellos and greetings as people catch up with the weekly news.

The Coroglen Markets have a happy, high-vibe community feel and everyone is on a first-name basis. So, I will go with this tradition and name the stall holders by their first names. Come and meet the friendly people at Coroglen Market.

Jupiter makes beautiful hand-crafted wooden figurines

Carmen from Rainbow Warriors Jewellery makes the most exquisite macramé necklaces, mandalas, and crystals. Each piece is totally unique. She also runs workshops on how to make your own macramé jewellery.

Steffie – Steffie has a 100-year-old sewing machine, which she uses to recycle and upcycle old material into bags and other useful items in lauding dolls clothes.

Leli and Noah own the Breadmobile. Their speciality bread is sourdough, made using sustainable natural ingredients. They also sell freshly picked garden produce from the garden behind the markets.

Shannon, Deny, and Keren were selling house plants and Denny’s tie-dyed t-shirts.

Delphy and Sean from the Wilderness community selling chutneys, vinegars, honey, and avocados, all grown in their community gardens.

Cliff and Keterina have an abundance of carrots, beetroot cauliflowers, broccoli, and potatoes, all spray- and chemical-free, picked the day before in their garden.

Dave used to be a landscape gardener, now making jewellery. His work is beautifully crafted.

Patti’s Kitchen – in the doors to the main hall; her home baking and the delicious aromas will tempt you – sweet tooth or savoury.

Jess and the girls make excellent coffee and home-made ice blocks.

Lisa – Soap Plus. Lisa makes all her own soaps. Part of her range is Kopakawa cream, an excellent remedy for sunburn, nappy rash, skin infections, and insect bites.

Donna – Blondeez specialises in medicinal herbs, hand-made balms, slaves rescue remedies, and stress relievers – all natural products.

Jen -Two Cats Craft is a dab hand at decoupage. Decoupage is the art or craft of decorating objects with paper cut-outs.

Sandra – Sunflower Glass Studios, Sandra and husband. Mark have created an excellent range of bead bracelets and necklaces and other jewellery plus fun things like mushrooms, Christmas trees, and funky fish.

Birgitt – a fantastic artistic talent—using colourful, vibrant designs and paintings that she has made into bags and jewellery.

Maggie -a Coromandel photographer who portrays her love for the wonder and beauty of the Coromandel in her book, Quintessential Coromandel and cards and calendars.

Agustin and Tania from the Tati Frutti Mobile Van. From Uruguay to Coroglen, what a journey! They make flavourful natural juices and smoothies. They also make mouth-watering, award-winning pies. STOP PRESS!! – These are no longer available because they no longer have access to a commercial kitchen, so if you can help them out, or know anyone they can share with, or make arrangements to use a commercial kitchen, you will be doing them and the pie lovers of the world (or just Coroglen and Whitianga) a huge favour.

Benson of Pukewai Produce – no carbon miles here. Benson sells locally produced flowers, plants, and fresh herbs.

Ivan and Irma are Jacobs Well Honey. They have been beekeepers for over 18 years; and the fine taste and purity of their honey is well known. They also sell candles, melts, and bee wax.

Christine sells herbs and plants she has grown in her own garden; again, no nasty chemicals. Also quail’s eggs or bee wax wraps, then she is the person.

Kati, as a young mum Kati was looking for sugar-free treats for her daughter. Her home-made chocolates are to die for and they do not have any sugar in them.

Verna reads tarot cards and has written a spiritual book called Metamorphosis Wisdom for a Changing Consciousness. She is also a keen photographer and has packs of cards for sale.

Nathaniel from Purangi Winery – he has a passion for growing things and is very knowledgeable about the plants, vegetables, and tea he sells. All grown in the market garden and food forest of Purangi Winery Estate. Unfortunately, due to liquor laws, he is not allowed to sell wine at the market, which is a shame because it would be an excellent way for tourists and locals alike to sample the local vintage.

Toya’s happy place is singing at the Coroglen markets, which her family has done for years. Relax and enjoy hearing Toya sing.

Arun, a German traveller who has practiced yoga, offers an amazing experience of sound healing, light language, and DNA activation.

Come to the Coroglen markets on a Sunday morning; you never know who you will meet or the treasures you will find. The market offers the freshest, healthiest vegetables and produce in the area. Everything is locally grown, spray-free, and chemical-free. The baked goods are baked the night before, using wholesome ingredients. The jewellery and crafts are all made by the people who are selling them; nothing is mass produced. For a great day out, come and meet the locals of Coroglen.