La Cigale French Market
French style Farmers Market
Voted Auckland’s Best Food Market by Metro Magazine for the last 8 years, La Cigale French Market is held every Saturday from 8am to 1.30pm and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm. Our Market is inspired by the wonderful food markets found in France.
You’ll find an amazing selection of top quality products from both New Zealand artisan producers and growers and from overseas. Shop for your weekly needs. You can buy fresh produce in abundance, fresh breads and pastries hot from our oven, French cheeses, export quality meats, the freshest fish, smoked Akaroa salmon, healthy salads, flowers and orchids, Italian pasta, salamis and sausages, award winning Italian style cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, manuka honey, pâtés and terrines, jams and chutneys and lots more. And, as in any French Market, the aromas of roasting chickens in the rotisserie and paella cooking will waft through the air.
When you’ve finished your shopping you can sit at one of long communal tables and enjoy a coffee with something delicious from one of counters – your eyes will be much bigger than your stomach!! For something savoury have one of our famous Croque Monsieurs or the best Bahn Mi sandwich in Auckland or mouth-watering beef bourguignon pie or a slice of one of our many tarts. If it’s sweet you’re after the choice is also endless – enjoy a hot croissant or pain au chocolat, freshly cooked danishes, fruit tarts from Amandine – we could go on!!
Our Stall Holders
Naomi sells top quality balsamic vinegars and glazes which she imports directly from Modena in Italy. All are traditionally aged and are 100% natural. Once you try these you won’t buy any others.
Aleks brings elements for a typical NY deli to the market. We love his cured and smoked salmon, ribs ready to heat and eat at home, delicious sauces and of course the traditional strawberry cheesecake and other sweet treats.
Frances, our youngest stallholder, makes and sells a fantastic selection of French style pâtisseries – seasonal fruit tarts, chocolate tarts, éclairs and chouquettes – all made with the best and freshest ingredients. You won’t find better anywhere.
Tama, one of our younger stallholders, a young lawyer and top athlete has developed two modern drinking tonics orientated around wellness and health and based on traditional Maori herbal remedies. The main ingredient in one tonic is the Kawakawa leaf and the other it’s the Kumarahou leaf. The leaves are picked sustainably from the bush on Great Barrier Island. Raw manaka honey, other ingredients also come from Tama’s hives on the Barrier.
You may be fooled by the healthy looking biscuits on Auntie Briars stall. They look good enough to eat. They are, but by dogs only. Coco, the La Cigale poodle, leads me there every week. David and Briar and their family make and sell a great range of doggie treats – biscuits, muffins, liver fudge and more. As well they offer a grooming service.
Balanced Energy Organic Herbal Tisanes & Teas
Using their skills as gourmet chefs and natural health practitioners their teas are blended for their delicious flavours and their therapeutic qualities. Using 100% certified organic ingredients with no artificial colours, sweeteners or flavours, balanced Energy products are produced and packaged in small batches so that they can check each batch carefully, ensuring customers received the best quality and flavour possible. They also sell tea making accessories.
Marty makes a great selection of Dutch smoked sausages based on traditional recipes. His sausages are gluten free and don’t contain any fillers or artificial flavours. His smoked bacon and speck are the best around. You can try the bacon at the market in one of his Bacon Butties or the sausages on a stick.
Edith sells a great range of raw honeys all of which are very good value. Varieties include Manuka, wetland, bush, clover and more. You can sample before you buy. As well Edith makes and sells traditional European gingerbread using the raw honey as one of the main ingredients – see Gingerbread Magic below.
Dayle is one of our seasonal stallholders. She grows and sells Black Beauty grapes. All bunches are export quality – they definitely look it and taste it. Dayle virtually hand rears every bunch – they’re so perfect. A treat for a few weeks every Autumn.
Best Bones Broth
Kate produces two great organic broths – one made using chicken bones and the other made from beef bones. It’s very healthy and delicious served hot as is or used as a stock base for soups and slow-cooked dishes
Blue Frog Breakfast
Scotty sells a range of premium breakfast products made from wholefood ingredients. No matter what your preference you’ll find something – wheat free, gluten free, paleo. The range includes six different breakfast cereals, three coffees and a zesty orange syrup which is great drizzled over cereal and/or yoghurt.
We love Cesare’s fresh pasta and sauces made using recipes he bought when he came from Italy. With help from his son Nick, he makes ravioli, pansotti and tortellini and has meat-filled and vegetarian options. Delicious with one of his sauces or try them with plenty of melted butter, fresh sage leaves and plenty of grated Parmesan.
Fred and his team are a seasonal stallholder with fresh cherries available from about mid-December for 6-8 weeks depending on the crop.
Keith makes amazing chocolates by hand. After many years’ experience as a chocolatier for another company Keith started his own business last year. His selection includes truffles, plain chocolates, liquor chocolates and more.
Penelope sells fantastic premium venison which comes directly from her family’s historic high country property near Wanaka. It comes vacuum packed in small portions that are great to have in the freezer. it’s lean and healthy.
Dragon, originally from Croatia, is one of our seasonal growers. His family grow a selection of summer vegetables, particularly different varieties of beans, aubergines, various peppers, sweet corn, beetroot and more. His outdoor tomatoes are sun-ripened so naturally have fantastic flavour.
Eureka is one of the main growers of moth orchids and anthyrium lilies in NZ. Sharon always has a beautiful selection to choose from, all at very reasonable prices. As well they grow and sell beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines.
Fiona’s Fabulous Foods
Fiona has a very loyal following for her baguette sandwiches filled with ham cut straight from the bone, aioli and one of her home-made chutneys. To take home she has a range of sauces, salads and yummy chocolate brownie.
Tracey’s cut flowers are amazing – definitely essentials for home or office every week. They’re always so fresh and you’ll find a great selection to suit any décor or situation. She has a great eye for finding flowers in more unusual colours and varieties. As well Tracey is available to do flowers for weddings and parties.
For authentic French crepes you can’t go past those made by Naomi and Tom who have recently come to live in NZ from France. Crepes are made to order with your choice of topping.
Having seen them at work on their property, we can say that Sally and her team of market gardeners is a truly dedicated crew. In their previous lives Sally and some of her business partners were accountants in China. They now grow a huge variety of vegetables and herbs at Riverhead – they’re certified organic and use no sprays. They pick for the market both the day before and early on the morning of our market – it’s hard to get fresher than that.
Edith of Gingerbread Magic makes traditional European gingerbread using raw honey. All cookies are handmade and individually decorated in traditional Eastern European style. As well she has a great selection of raw honeys – Manuka, clover, wetland and more.
If you’re a bagel fan, you’ll love Goh’s selection of fresh bagels made in the traditional way. He also sells crunchy and moreish bagel crisps, mini bagels and at Easter, hot cross bagels.
Marina and Massimo, who arrived in NZ a few years ago, manufacture delicious Italian–style cheeses. They started with an everyday favourite – traditional mozzarella – and have since expanded the range. Early in 2014 they won a Champion Cheese gold medal in the NZ Cheese Awards with their smoked scamorza and had the second highest number of medals overall. We all love their cheeses.
For a great start to the day, try a juice freshly squeezed to order by George and Lily. You can choose from the menu of fruit and vegetable juice combinations or they’ll even make your own combination.
Terry and Kathy Lister grow many types of fruit on their property at Glenbrook, particularly passionfruit, five varieties of figs, tamarillos, plums and more. As well as selling their export quality fruit at the market, Terry sells a huge range of jams, pickles and chutneys all made by Kathy. They’re full of fruit and flavour.
Terry also sells top quality avocados and 4-5 varieties of onions.
Mamaku Blue Blueberries Orchard grows and supplies the finest blueberries and gooseberries in the Bay of Plenty region. Based in high altitude, grown on volcanic ash since early 1980’s and toughened by rainy, cold and frosty weather their blueberries are packed with flavour and most important boost up with high level of antioxidants, especially transferred into their 100% Pure Blueberry Juice.
Phillip is at the market every weekend with fresh blueberries during the season (usually January to April) and the rest of the year he’s here on the first Saturday of every month.
Mt Eden Fish Shop
Billy is both a fresh fish and smoked fish expert. He brings a variety of smoked fish products to our market – salmon and salmon frames, mussels, a variety of whole fish and pieces as well as the most delicious smoked roe. We have it on toast for breakfast nearly every day. It’s highly recommended.
Musical Knives Food
Many people will know Peter from his days as the owner and chef at the restaurant ‘Musical Knives’ in Ponsonby. He’s back again, this time making wholesome, nutritious, delicious salads. Every weekend you can buy from his large selection of vegetarian salads in which he uses various combinations of vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils or pasta always with a dressing to suit. Also ask about his catering size packs. musical
No More Weevils
Occasionally you’ll find Biddy & Johno Ormond, up from the Tuki Tuki Valley in Hawkes Bay. No More Weevils is their invention (a world-first) which uses a plant and flower extract to deter weevils. Three years in the making the pair are happy to report that with No More Weevils in your pantry, weevils and pantry moth will stop spoiling your food – for good.
Jason, Graedon and their crew are so enthusiastic about their mission to have us all drinking their very healthy freshly blended smoothies. You choose from their menu of predominantly vegetable juice blends and you might even receive a free hug.
Aaron spent 8 years in Southern France close to Spain playing Rugby League. Often travelling to and from the Catalunya border where he was surrounded with amazing culture and food when he had the idea to bring the flavour back to New Zealand, hence Paella Pan was created.
Aaron and his team now cater many private functions from weddings to corporate events with their authentic Spanish cuisine such as Tapas, Salads, Paellas & desserts all made in-house including their own Chorizo & Sausages avoiding all processed foods. Aaron, Susana and their staff are happy provide more information at the market.
Jason is one of our first stallholders from the start of the market. Very early every weekend morning his team are making a large selection of artisanal handmade breads and pastries ready to sell. We love his spicy fruit loaf and traditional German-style sourdough rye and his mini ciabatta rolls are great to keep in the freezer.
Pedja and his family are passionate about producing top quality salamis, cutello, prosciutto, sausages and more using Freedoom Farms pork and organic meats. All their products, 100% natural with no added chemicals or preservatives, are slowly dry-cured in very traditional centuries old ways that they bought from Serbia. They’re cold smoked using beech wood shavings from the South Island. This gives all their outstanding products deep rich flavours.
Smoke and Spice
Simon sells two different product ranges – his own fantastic smoked garlic and smoked spicy salt. His Marlborough garlic is smoked using a unique method, over manuka, bay leaves and rosemary. The salt, also from Marlborough is smoked by hand and then mixed with a variety of seasonings.
Tahsin and his family came to NZ over 10 years ago. From small beginnings, Tahsin now sells a huge variety of traditional Turkish foods – every sort of freshly made hummus you can imagine, dips, olives, breads, baklava, Turkish Delight, oils, pomegranate juice, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and, recently added, spices. It’s very difficult to go passed his stand without stopping to buy.
Try their freshly made Gözleme, either spinach or meat. They’re so good.
The Chili Factor
Yinon, the person behind The Chili Factor, makes a variety of products inspired by food he’d eaten in Israel. Sandra is at the market every Saturday selling a selection of hummus some with varying amounts of chili. At certain times of year she also has traditional matzos unleavened bread.
The Raw Kitchen
Olivia and her team make a great range of raw cakes and sweet treats. all their food is plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, raw and vegan.
The Village Press
Wayne of The Village Press is well-known for his olive oils made from olives grown and pressed in the Hawkes Bay. At the market they’re selling their infused extra virgin olive oils. You can sample any of them before you buy. Look out for the garlic, lemon and truffle infused oils!!
The Vital Bowl
The Vital Bowl Sarah of The Vital Bowl makes a range of muesli and porridge mixes to take home and has delicious chia cups and hot porridge to eat at the market. Flavours change each week.
Wilson Owen is one of the true characters of our market. Stop and have a chat and he’ll tell you about the wonderful top quality vanilla beans, extract and sugar that he sells as well as fresh hazelnuts and walnuts. His vanilla products are regarded by chefs as the best available.
Kim and his sales team are passionate about getting us all to cook with coconut oil particularly because the health benefits. As well they sell as great range of natural skin products that have no added chemical ingredients. The company is a charity with the profits going to several causes. They’ll tell you all about it.
Wells Grove River Estate
Several years ago Barry and Sheryl converted their dairy farm to an olive grove and now have about 1500 trees. They have their own press which means they can harvest and press their olives all in one day. Barry usually has up to 6 award winning blends. All are available to try before you buy. His oils are the only ones we use. As well you must try a jar of his table olives. They’re amazing – in 2012 he won a Cuisine Magazine’s Artisan Award and was overall runner-up.
Your Heartland Greengrocer
We can also say that Jason is our oldest stallholder – he’s been part of the market since the very beginning. Jason has the largest stall with a huge selection of fruit and vegetables. Much of it is spray free and comes from growers he knows around Whangarei. If you’re after something unusual you’re likely to find Jason has it. If not, ask and he’ll try and find it for you.
Zeli is sauerkraut made entirely by hand in the traditional way. Vrati is a chef from the Czech Republic who makes sauerkraut using a classic recipe he learnt from his grandparents… for the traditionalist it is perfect, but if you want a fresh look at an ancient food, try his flavoured Zeli! perfect with todays NZ cuisine:
Lemon, Dill and Chilli or Ginger, Coriander and Lemongrass, or Carrot, Fennel and Cerleriac.
Fermented probiotic superfood with 4000 years of history, still eaten today.