Timaru Farmers Market was born out of the Transition Towns Timaru Movement and opened in November 2009. It is a not-for-profit organisation, developed and run by a group of volunteer committee members. There was a collective recognition of the need for; local, fresh produce, and a place for local individuals, businesses and organisations to showcase their creative foody talents. A hard working committee got the whole project up and running in just 3 months from idea conception to reality.
In 2010 the committee created the position of the market manager to oversee the everyday running of the market and provide service to customers and a growing number of stall holders alike.
Unlike many other Farmers Markets the Timaru one is an all year-round-market, which means stallholders, volunteers and shoppers have toughened out many frosty mornings. In turn a market that opens no matter the weather rain or shine, provides a regular, reliable shopping destination for customers and source of income for local growers and food producers.
In March 2013 the committee decided to move the market to its current location in Timaru's CBD and change the market day to a Saturday. These changes have allowed for an even greater flow of foot traffic and give chance to a wider audience to make use of the market as a shopping destination and have access to all this beautiful South Canterbury produce.