Hamilton Farmers’ Markets & ICC Cricket World Cup

Last Sunday and today Ahmed and I have been exploring some farmers’ markets in town. A week ago we took the bus to the weekly Hamilton Farmers’ Market, located at the local racecourse.

Fresh produce at the Hamilton Farmers' Market

Fresh produce at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market

We enjoyed walking along the stalls and sitting in the sun, where two musicians played a variety of nice, laid-back songs.

The weather was perfect to enjoy the beautiful tunes of these two musicians.

The weather was perfect to enjoy the beautiful tunes of these two musicians.

Particularly busy was one coffee stall, and we would have tried their coffee if we had had enough time. The thing was, we had to catch a bus or wait one hour for the next one back to town. Life without a car can be challenging sometimes!

(We now have one bike though, which would make it easier to get there. I decided, nevertheless, to not buy a bike yet, as I think we wouldn’t be able to go out together anyways once we have the baby. Ahmed doesn’t agree with me and thinks I should get myself one as well, if only for the coming two months and once the baby is older.)

Busy coffee stall at the farmers' market

The Manuka Brothers’ Coffee stall was one of the busiest at the farmers’ market.

Their coffee must be something else!

Seeing the crowd, their coffee’s gotta be something else!

Overall, we thought the prices at this market were quite steep though, even when taken into account that most (all?) of the produce is pesticide-free. We therefore decided to try another market today, which also happens to be less than a kilometer away from home!

We were happily surprised at the Hamilton East River Market, which despite its smaller size offers everything we may need at a much more competitive price than the other market or even the not so pack’n save-y supermarket.

Hamilton East River Market

Hamilton East River Market

We thought this would be a great place to come back to weekly for our fruit and vegetable shopping. It is nice to support local farmers, eat (mostly) seasonal produce and save some moolah. 😉

In other news, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 started yesterday. Not only is cricket big in New Zealand, the country also hosts this year’s world cup together with Australia. Today’s game, South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, even took place right here in Hamilton!

The third match of the tournament, South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, took place at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

The third match of the tournament, South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, took place at Hamilton’s Seddon Park.

I have never been very interested in this sport but was amazed to find out that it is the second most popular sport in the world! It is extremely popular in India, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. (Source: sporteology.com)

On the occasion, the Hamilton City Council had organised all kinds of activities on the city’s main square – including a South African gospel choir and bouncy castles for kids.

Hamilton Garden Square

Hamilton Garden Square

These balloon ladies guided cricket fans from the Garden Square to Seddon Park, where the match took place.

These balloon ladies guided cricket fans from the Garden Square to Seddon Park, where the match took place.

Something that draw our attention is that cricket is a very family-friendly sport. Walking around the stadium, we saw predominantly families with large baskets filled with foods and drinks entering. They were clearly going to enjoy a picnic and the sunny weather while watching the match in an amiable atmosphere.

ICC Cricket World Cup match in Hamilton

ICC Cricket World Cup match in Hamilton

Once again, we feel like we made the right decision to come here. We love how well-arranged this country is, and let’s not forget about people’s easy-going mentality! Day after day, we are getting around more easily and discovering new activities.

That’s it for now. I’ll soon write something about my week 30 pregnancy workouts (which got rather interesting!).

Question for people living in Hamilton: What activities are a must-do here? And what places should we visit?

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