Buying Directly from The Farmer In NZ Online

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Was looking for some information on Bartering in NZ was going to do a post on Bartering but it's not really big here apart for in schools, and mates helping each other out, there is a reward system called Barter Rewards where you can Barter with your goods as exchange and from my understanding possibility cash also from reading their website.

While searching for what Bartering platforms are in New Zealand I came across an interesting website which was buying fresh produce straight from the farm, their are many sites like this popping up, but a lot of them have middle men, where the producer needs to pay a commission for uploading their produces which means higher costs for the end user the customer, with this site it's free for producers to upload their produce without commission costs.

For the customer it means you can get fresh product directly from the farmer that is in-season, either in your area or the other end of the island, paying freight on top of purchase which was approx $6 - $8 on light stuff depending on the weight of what you are buying.

Still being green around the feathers when it comes to Organic produces and their prices some that I thought where better priced than in the Organic stores was Organic Mulika Wheat - 2 kg, Organic Rye - 2 kg - which were $6 each (at the time of writing this post) plus freight.
Also Ducks eggs if you go to the Asian grocery's you see duck eggs and these can be quite expensive for one, so seeing Duck eggs- free range a doz for $6 the only issue was they only sold to those in their city Community which was pick-up only but did have options for finding your local Duck egg fix and another solution.

There was only 23 listings on this site, so if you live in New Zealand, a farmer with produce it might be a worth while site to check out.
If your a consumer looking for Organic products you should definitively check it out.

The website is Here

From that website I found a link to another in the Duck Eggs this is very interesting also, this one is a food coop for a certain town, so you can only buy product if you in that town, to add your products you need to close to the town and join the coop, but the idea is fabulous offering affordable fresh, spray free products to the community to promote healthy eating and creating your own community economic system.

If you live up North of the North Island or just want a noisy Here's the website

Many fresh produce in New Zealand goes over seas meaning that we don't even get the chance to even buy 1st grade produce, we get the left overs after the overseas company's, restaurants this is especially true when it comes to Strawberry's, If you even get a chance to buy seconds 1st grades they are expensive.

Having sites where you can buy fresh produce from the farmers is great as many of the big company's up the prices, take huge profits, the produce sits for long lengths of time, picked too early, having a choice to buy directly from the farmer cheaper, and get fresher produce is a great option to have.

Do you already buy directly from a farmer?

Thank you for stopping by really appreciate it, have a fabulous Day/Evening!


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I agree with there still being a large hole in the market for direct sales (farm-to-table?) across NZ. I'm in Southland and we had, in the closest town, a fortnightly Farmers' Market for a while, but who can only shop fortnightly? I've never been, but the weekly markets around Auckland always seemed like a great concept (and very popular).
I also agree on what you said about all our best produce being sent off overseas. Makes me mad, lol. I like the concentric model of looking after oneself/family first, then gradually moving outwards to community, then district, then country...THEN overseas.
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There surer is a big gap, the middle man likes there cut also, there are a few coop's they are a bit scattered around. That's a bit rough having a Farmer's Market fortnightly, don't think people that live in Auckland could live without the weekly markets, there are so many markets to choose from.
With that though their are different types of markets also, ones that only let farmers, producers to sell at the markets, markets that let people sell what ever, some that don't really have many producers selling, but those that pick up from the farmer, as there are so many markets that farmers just sell the product in bulk and go to their local market or sell to who they sell in bulk to.
I like that concentric model also, that's where smaller producers come in than big company's as consumers we have the last say, produce will keep going over seas the best thing to do is support the smaller farmers and grow what we can ourselfs.

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I think the Christchurch quake was a good example of how centralisation of products & services can affect things big-time. We need to decentralise again and support local first. I am seeing a good trend towards people becoming more and more aware of the importance of growing their own food and controlling what goes into it (no sprays etc).
I also think that big companies such as Fonterra put a lot of pressure on farmers for supply, so they have that to deal with too.

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There are a few decentralized options in NZ it's just finding them, it would be neat to find and see more.
For Farmers it is hard with the pressures of big company's, that's why people need to look more at p2p options to help each other.

Buying a fresh product directly from the farmer in season keeps us healthy forever.

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That's a great statement, as long as they don't use sprays then yes it will keep us healthy.

The closing of the auction system killed a lot of small gardens, the big companys, Woolworths, New World,etc, went to the big growers and demanded so many ' cabbages ' per day, 365 days,
The small, often Chinese, gardener who was able to make a living by selling his ' cabbages' when they were ready wasn't able to compete, so they have dissapeared.
Down one road near Palmerston North there were 28 gardens, all doing well, improving their machinery to make their life easier, now, there are none,
Support farmers markets, they keep the little man alive.

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Hey Len, lovely to see you again, How have you been?
There is still a auction system in Auckland, but don't think it's as big as what it used to be.
That's sad there are no more farmers in Palmerston North.
There are the Farmers markets, there used to be in Botany a store called craft world it was really cool, it was like a craft market opened everyday of the week, that was only around for a few years, but there was talk many years ago of opening in Howick a Farmers Market along the same lines of opening every day, but don't know what happened.

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In the day, there was a major market in each large town, the growers from Pukekohe would set out about midnight to get to the Auckland markets on time.
As late as the 1960s there was a 'night cart' that serviced Papakura, his brother grew the best crops in Pukekohe, I wonder why?
We had The horticultural business, "Speciality Machinery" in Marton and serviced growers all over the country, with Marton Junction railway station close by we would despatch 4 to 5 Ute loads of spare parts every day,

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Wow that is so interesting, when going out to Pukekohe now there doesn't look like many growers as there used to be 10-20 years ago, all the best stuff still comes from Pukekohe.
The markets are different also as there are only a handful of farmers markets left that the actually farmers attend to sell their products.
If I remember rightly these Pukekohe, Clevedon, Auckland, Ponsonby, and a few others, the rest the sellers buy from the farmers to sell, there will be a hand full of farmers, but the markets are open for everyone to sell what ever, than just home grown and hand made products as the Farmers Markets.

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It used to be just the Auctioneer and the buyers, very quick, each box was called by the grower's name, a couple of bids, sold, and onto the next box.
The buyers were the shops, greengrocers etc, no civilians unless they bought a whole box of whatever it was
5 to 6 am was to early for them as well.
A very busy, noisy place, very confusing, and once was enough for me.
The few growers left in Puke are the big guys, lots of acres, large machinery, and grow to the Woolworths / New Worlds demand, and price.
They are told how much they will get before the seed in put in the ground.
With spuds, if it was a good year they would try and down grade the crop on its way into the factory, "it is not up to scratch, either dump the ton boxes or we will give you a quarter of the agreed price". In a bad year, they would charge the grower for not supplying the contracted quantitys
When the price goes up in the shops the extra doesn't find its way back to the grower.

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It's really sad what it has become, it's all about convenience for customers, slowly the farmers are coming online, so hopefully it will get easier for customers to get directly from them without the middle man, so the farmers can get the extra profits.
Many years ago I remember seeing a documentary or something on tv about a grower from Puke and how they have had to change over the years from the demands to survive.

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"Hey Len, lovely to see you again, How have you been?"
I have been keeping my head down as usual, still on my aeroplane kick, doing all the aircraft the RNZAF have had.

I am from Australia, I have been purchasing various products directly from the farm. I have opened a link to have a look at how New Zealand does it.

8 ) infinity happiness

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Hey @miriamaendres from Australia lovely to meet you.
Aussie most likely does it better than us, it's great to have tips and tricks and see how others do things.