The Green Door Market
The Green Door Market has always had a unique vibe. It’s the sort of vibe that puts a smile on your face as you stroll around doing the shopping, enquiring about the fish, gathering the vegetables, tasting a sliver of cheese.
It reminds us of the old Christchurch Market, back in the day when that market was at its height, and when it blazed a trail amongst the conformity and blandness that was retail shopping some thirty years ago. The Green Door does exactly the same: it’s a blast of colour, a shot of non-conformity, a hive of human creativity and energy. The Green Door is shopping as it should be, uniting two communities – the community of stallholders, and the community of shoppers, the smart folk who want the best ingredients for their kitchen, and who might also want to do a spot of Intuitive Dance or Qijong of a Sunday morning.
Shopping at the Green Door is a reminder that markets are part of every great food culture, because every stallholder is a specialist, and a producer. These are skilled, imaginative people, the very people who grow the organic vegetables, rear the organic meats, roast the coffee beans, and bake the lovely loaves of sourdough bread. The Green Door gives us a space where food shopping is a cultural as well as a culinary experience, a space where we can chat and enquire, mingle and choose, a space where we can soak up that fabulous ambience, and feel good about what we are doing. There is a true feel-good vibe behind the Green Door.