BRITOMART PEOPLE: LA CIGALE AT BRITOMART

Every Saturday, rain or shine, a collection of dedicated artisan food producers open their stalls in Britomart’s Takutai Square for the weekly La Cigale Farmers Market. We talked to some of the regulars about what’s on their tables.

JUSTIN, AKA THE NUT GUY

Give us your sales pitch! What’s special about what you’re selling?

I sell all kinds of nuts, seeds, as well as various nut butters. The nuts and seeds are processed in our own site where everything is done by us, including cracking, sorting and packing. They are sourced from all around New Zealand – most from the South Island – and are spray-free as well as organic.

How did you end up with this gig? 

We bought the business from the previous owners a year and a half ago – they’d had been attending the markets for over 7 years. Since then we’ve expanded our ranges, as well as have a closer relationship with better suppliers.

Do you get time to browse the other stalls? What would you be buying if you were us?

Definitely Bacon Brothers! The boys cook up the best bacon sandwiches.

You sell in other places. What stands out about the downtown crowd?

It’s a very dynamic market with lots of different faces every week. It definitely challenges you as a business runner, as you’re having to build new relationships with customers every week.

LISA (left) AND LIANE FROM SWEET AS CREPES

Give us your sales pitch! What’s special about what you’re selling?

Lisa: We’re a 10-year-old business specialising in crepes. The batter is handmade in a commercial kitchen, and then all the crepes are cooked and prepared fresh onsite. We sell a range of sweet and savoury crepes, as well as some flavours that are quite unique, like the banana and ginger crepe, which also happens to be my personal favourite.

How did you end up with this gig?

Lisa: We have been going to a range of other markets for a while, as well as other events such as weddings, and we thought Britomart would be the right addition to the list of markets we attend.

You sell in other places. What stands out about the downtown crowd?

Lisa: It’s very different to the other markets we attend, as the Britomart crowd always brings a mix of business. You get locals come down every week, as well as lots of tourists which is both a positive for us as tourists love to try the different foods the markets have to offer.

MATT AND ARVIN FROM BACON BROTHERS

Give us your sales pitch! What’s special about what you’re selling?

We sell a range of bacon sandwiches! All the bacon comes from down south and is free-range. Everything is locally produced, from the eggs and vegetables to the bread, which is baked fresh every week before the markets. We highly recommend trying the Brother Buddie sandwich, which is everything you could ever want in a bacon sandwich.

How did you end up with this gig?

Bacon Brothers started in Christchurch at the Farmers Market five years ago and has only grown from there. Due to its popularity, we opened a Burger Bar in Christchurch, and then decided to bring the chain to Auckland. We started coming to these markets about a year ago. We’re also open Monday to Friday down at the Viaduct.

Do you get time to browse the other stalls? What would you be buying if you were us?

We love the juices that Erik and Sota make at Urban Fuel, as well as Blitz bowls from our sister stall Blitzd.

You sell in other places. What stands out about the downtown crowd?

It always generates a good crowd, whether its locals or tourists – we’re always busy! It’s nice seeing a range of diverse faces all enjoying our product.

Visit La Cigale at Britomart Farmers’ Market every Saturday in Takutai Square, 8am to 1pm. 

Photographs by Charles Buenconsejo