This page lists places in the Waikato where locally produced food can be bought. Suggestions and updates are welcome.
The first place to look for locally produced fruit, veges, meat, fish, eggs, bread, honey, cheese and more.
Hamilton Farmers’ Market: Te Rapa Racecourse, every Sunday morning 8-12 noon
Cambridge Farmers Market: Victoria Square, cnr Victoria St and Alpha St, every Saturday morning 8-12 noon
Te Awamutu Twilight Market: Selwyn Park, next to the info centre on Gorst Avenue, Thursdays 3-6pm during daylight saving (i.e. not in winter).
The Farm Shop
In Gordonton Village. Great range of local veges and fruit; also meat, cheese, milk, freshly baked bread, local preserves, olive oil and much more. Also vege box deliveries.
Down Lovegrove Lane in the heart of Hamilton East is Hearth, a juice bar and grocer selling wonderful fresh local and organic produce. Also ready-made healthy and delicious lunches.
Lovegrove Lane is off Grey St, across from the Waikato Regional Council.
The Village Farm Shop at Whatawhata
1 Rothwell Lane, Whatawhata; Phone 022 069 5744
Hamilton’s only specialist organic food retailer. A great range of fresh produce, spices, meat, bulk ingredients and processed food at good prices.
245 Commerce St, Frankton, Hamilton (on the corner at the railway end of Commerce St)
phone (07) 848 1155 www.villageorganics.co.nz
WOK (Whaingaroa Organic Kai)
Raglan shop selling local and organic food, including meat from The Naked Dairy (see local meat listings). They’re down an alley way off the main road – the address is Electric Avenue (behind Volcom Lane). They also offer a weekly fruit/vege box service.
Phone (07) 282 1590; email email@example.com
Bin Inn Dinsdale
Owner-operated grocer and bulk foods store that stocks locally produced food as much as possible.
Shop 34, 47 Whatawhata Rd, Dinsdale, Hamilton www.facebook.com/bininndinsdale11
Phone (07) 847 7045
Real butchers, selling good quality free-range meat, mostly grown in the Waikato. (Their chicken and pork comes from further afield, but it’s all produced in New Zealand.)
Hamilton shop at 680 Grey St, Claudelands
Cambridge shop at 47 Victoria St, Cambridge
Soggy Bottom Holdings
Only at the farmers’ markets. Great free-range bacon, sausages, pork pies, also free-range beef and lamb, and sometimes chicken.
The Naked Dairy
Free-range, sustainably farmed beef, lamb and bacon from Mike and Madeline Moss’s family farm at Waitetuna Valley, halfway between Hamilton and Raglan. Their superb meat is available at their farm and also at WOK in Raglan (see the retailers listing).
BREAD AND BAKING
Classic European-style breads, using traditional sourdough methods.
236 Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton; 07 847 1206; open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 3 pm; Saturday 8.30am to 12 noon. Volare have a stall at the farmers’ markets and also sell at an increasing number of outlets in the Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. In Hamilton the Gouda Cheese Shops at Hillcrest and Rototuna stock Volare bread, freshly delivered every morning. www.volarebread.com
Traditional Celtic-inspired baking with a modern twist: tattle scones, oatcakes, Eccles cakes and much more. Gluten-free options. At The Farm Shop in Gordonton and Whatawhata (see retailers listings) and sometimes at the farmers’ markets. www.facebook.com/celticcuisinenewzealand
There are several small-scale cheesemakers in the region.
The Gouda Cheese shop
The two Hamilton shops sell a great range of award-winning Meyer cheeses, made in Hamilton, plus other New Zealand and international cheeses, and Volare bread (also made in Hamilton).
Hillcrest: 245 Cambridge Rd, phone (07) 856 6633
Rototuna Retail Centre: Shop 3, Thomas Rd, phone (07) 855 4433
Aroha Organic Goat Cheese
John and Jeanne van Kuyk raise goats at their farm near Te Aroha, and produce award-winning cheese from the goat milk. Their cheeses, which include a range made from raw milk, are available from their website. Here’s a link to an article I wrote about them.
Over The Moon Dairy Company
31 Tirau St, Putaruru
Artisanal goat and sheep milk cheeses. Available from the factory at Ruakura. www.cilantrocheese.co.nz