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Off to Whiti Citi Market is a must!

Whiti Citi Arts, Crafts, and Produce Market welcomes everybody to their Saturday markets, located in the heart of Whitianga township at the Soldiers Memorial Park, next to the library, at the corner of Albert St and Blacksmith Lane. The markets operate between 9am and 1pm.
 |  Verna Carr  | 

You will meet a host of vendors – local growers, craftspeople, artists, mobile chefs and small businesses. Whiti Citi Market is flourishing and is a popular destination for both locals and visitors who appreciate not just the excellent shopping on offer but also the market’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is such a great way to spend your Saturday morning – meeting friends, having a coffee, listening to live music performed by Dave Kennedy, and browsing the delights of the stalls.

The foodies will enjoy the Dutch pancakes, the mussel fritters, and a sausage or two from the sausage sizzle run by the Lions Club. This is part of their fundraising for the Mammogram machine for the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Whitianga Masons are also there sizzling sausages and fund raising for community projects. Food and coffee from the vegan gluten-free food truck are delicious and Bianca and Cathryn, with their  candy floss, are a winning combination for the children.

As you walk around the market and chat with the stall holders, you will realise the pride they have in their products, as everything is hand crafted and/or locally grown.

You can buy resin chopping boards, skilfully crafted woodwork, glass bead jewellery, hand-knitted and sewn children’s clothes, macramé, crystal jewellery, t-shirts, and bespoke pieces of art that you would be pleased to display in your home.

The market also supports talented jewellers who create beautiful pieces, and artists with ready-to-go canvasses of such high-quality paintings of the beauty of the Coromandel. It’s a gift smorgasbord.

Kids can have their faces painted and get a tattoo (just kidding, the tattoo washes off after a couple of days). There is even a tarot card reader.

Other offerings include venison, salami and possum merino socks. If you have chapped feet or working hands, then the Genie in a Bottle remedy will fix and restore. Everything is locally crafted or locally grown and produced.

Market-goers get a genuine farm-to-table experience. They can stock up the pantry with honey, home-made sauces, chutneys, and condiments. Try the exotic flavours of Optio Bay Salt – is a unique connection between producers and consumers only found at small-town markets.

Don’t forget Coroglen Farmers Market

The ‘Whit City’ Market is a great community market and is a sister market to Coroglen Markets which open on Sundays from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Both Whiti Citi Market and Coroglen Farmers Market are a must for visitors and residents. You get to meet the person who has made that product.  Most of the vendors enjoy sharing their recipes, tips, tricks, and expertise with their customers. See you there!