Young entrepreneurs take to market

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Piggy banks are sure to have put on a bit of weight in Cromwell after the weekend, with enterprising young stall-holders pulling in the cash from shoppers at the Central Otago Farmers’ and Craft Market after a “Kids’ Market” was held in the historic precinct on Sunday.

Groups of young entrepreneurs manned about six stalls selling everything from herb and vegetable plants, to bath bombs, books, baking and handmade Christmas cards.

Market co-ordinator Megan Bailey said the Kids’ Market had been held in conjunction with the usual event for the past two years.

“The kids just really love it and it such a good experience for them,” she said.

One stall-holder, Olly Affleck, said he thought his family stall, run with sisters Charlotte and Edie, was “making lots of money”.

Ms Bailey said she was pleased with overall numbers at the weekly market which opened for the 2016-17 season at Labour Weekend.

“Numbers of visitors and stalls are both growing,” she said.

“The really nice thing is the increase in the local people attending.

“They are getting to know it’s a great place to come to get fresh, local produce and unique, locally made crafts.”

While an average of 17 stalls generally supported the market, 32 were operating on Sunday, she said.