The Village Markets, next to The Pantry in South Invercargill. Photo: Supplied

THE Village Markets, held next to The Pantry in South Invercargill have proved so popular, they are returning with monthly markets planned throughout the summer.

Hosted by The Pantry, 133 Grace St, a retail shop and cafe which sells wholefoods and specialty groceries, barista coffee, and a range of specialty ingredients for baking, almost 30 stallholders set up last summer in the community space nearby.

The Pantry chairwoman Janette Malcolm said, “the markets have been a thriving community space for people to get together and people also really enjoy being able to meet new people in a casual setting.”

Continuing the community theme, the fees from stallholders would be donated towards The Pantry’s Pay-It-Forward food box programme, Ms Malcolm said.

“We saw a need for the food box programme during the Covid lockdown earlier this year, and have continued with it. Families in the 9812 post code were usually nominated by the community to receive a box.”

Each market would run from 10am to 1pm, with the first to be held this Saturday, and the remaining markets for this year on November 7 and December 12 before the festive break.

The markets would resume in February until April.

There was usually a wide range of goods on sale from new and second-hand items to chair massage and food stalls, including a sausage sizzle.

Ms Malcolm said having the markets beside The Pantry was an added bonus.

“It gives people the chance to visit, have a coffee, a scone or a cheeseroll and socialise after visiting the market.”

  • For more information, or for those wishing to book a space can contact The Pantry on its website or phone 03 214 5200. A trestle table space would cost $10, a gazebo space (3mx3m) $20 or a larger gazebo or trailer (limited spaces) $25.

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