Kōrero: Market gardens and production nurseries
Market gardening is a multi-million-dollar business in New Zealand. Māori were the first commercial growers, trading fresh vegetables with early European settlers. At first produce was mostly for the local market, but after 1950 exports of fresh and processed vegetables began to increase. Potatoes, onions and squash are the main crops but there are over 50 different varieties of vegetables, flowers and seeds grown.