On my last weekend at home, Manda and I rolled out of bed early and went to the Christchurch Farmers Market at Riccarton Bush. I’m a little embarrassed to say that of the whole eight months I was home in Christchurch, I have been to the market two times….in the final two weeks before I left. And now I am kicking myself because the food was amazing and the place was pretty as a postcard.

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It is best to arrive just on 9am. That way the market is buzzing, but not busy. There are so many breakfast options to choose from – gourmet porridge, breads, pastries, bacon sandwiches, soup, grilled salmon – whatever you want really. It is best to do about three rounds before committing. On my first visit I got a little overwhelmed by the options. You know…food-envy-anxiety. Where you are worried you might choose wrong and end up staring jealously at your friend’s breakfast choice. Best to get a coffee and pick carefully to avoid any regrets….

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I’m a massive fan of a weekend market. Fresh air breakfasts can be enjoyed even if you overindulged at after-work drinks. And for some reason it is totally acceptable to have dumplings for your first meal of the day.

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I wish I could say we took full advantage of all the fresh fruit and veg. But I left with a handbag full of carbs…

Christchurch Farmers Market Facebook Page

Much love XX


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