NB During the current Covid Level 4 national emergency the farmers’ markets have been closed down. See my post about how to buy local food during the national emergency.
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: 3 Brooklyn Rd, Claudelands, every Sunday morning 8-12 noon
Cambridge Farmers Market: Victoria Square, cnr Victoria St and Alpha St, every Saturday morning 8-12 noon
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.
A small independent food store with an excellent range of organic, free-range and/or spray-free food.
Queenwood Village, Shop 15, Queenwood Ave, Hamilton
Phone: 07 855 4558
The Village Farm Shop at Whatawhata
1 Rothwell Lane, Whatawhata
TOFS (The Organic Farm Shop)
Sell certified organic meat, sourdough bread and other foods at their Hamilton shop at 108 Commerce St, Frankton. Also online via their website. https://tofs.co.nz/
Organic Nation (formerly Village Organics)
Specialist organic food retailer. A great range of fresh produce, spices, meat, bulk ingredients and processed food at good prices. Since mid-2018 it has had new management: the new owner is John Pellew and the manager is Sue Williams.
245 Commerce St, Frankton, Hamilton (on the corner at the railway end of Commerce St)
WOK (Whaingaroa Organic Kai)
Raglan shop selling local and organic food. They’re down an alley off the main road – the address is Electric Avenue (behind Volcom Lane).
Phone (07) 282 1590; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sell certified organic meat, sourdough bread and other foods at their Hamilton shop at 108 Commerce St, Frankton. Also at the local farmers’ markets, and online via their website. https://tofs.co.nz/
Premium quality, nutrient dense beef produced on Maureen and Cliff Bayliss’s Te Uku farm, using regenerative farming methods. Available in Hamilton at Organic Nation, Bin Inn Dinsdale and New World Rototuna.
LOCAL MILK PRODUCERS
Here are three excellent milk suppliers that I use regularly.
They are all small-scale producers by the standards of the huge New Zealand dairy industry.
Jersey Girl Organics
Matamata-based Jersey Girl Organics produce certified organic, A2 full-cream milk. They sell their milk at the Waikato farmers’ markets, and also through selected local retailers, including Whole Heart and Hamilton East Bin Inn. Jersey Girls milk is also in supermarkets nationwide under the Lewis Road Gold Top premium milk label.
Alexander Organics produce certified organic, raw milk. Their milk is available directly from their small family farm near Cambridge, and they’ve recently started offering home deliveries in glass bottles.
Dreamview Creamery, near Raglan, produce both raw and pasteurized milk in glass bottles. (Although they don’t have organic certification.)
Dreamview Creamery milk is available at selected retailers, including my local Hamilton East Bin Inn. They also offer home deliveries.
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 are at the farmers’ markets and also sell at an increasing number of outlets. The latest is in Grey St, Hamilton East.
Sourdough bread at their Hamilton shop at 108 Commerce St, Frankton. Also online via their website. https://tofs.co.nz/
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
Award-winning goat cheese produced on the Te Aroha farm of Jeanne and the late John van Kuyk. The cheeses, which include a range made from raw milk, are available from their website. Here’s a link to an article I wrote about the van Kuyks.
Over The Moon Dairy Company
31 Tirau St, Putaruru
Artisanal goat and sheep milk cheeses. Available from the factory at Ruakura.