Farmers market introduces strict procedure

THERE should be no more doubt in future where produce at the Byron Farmers Market is grown.

Organisers have introduced a strict certification procedure which ensures shoppers know exactly where produce comes from.

Market manager, Donald Recsei, said it was introduced in response to ‘numerous comments’ from shoppers wanting proof of the origin of produce at the market.

Mr Recsei said shoppers wanted to be assured that produce was not purchased at Rocklea Markets in Brisbane and ‘merely being resold by someone wearing a farmer’s hat’.

He said certification had involved inspection of farms by an inspector appointed by market management over six months and an inspection of stalls to confirm compliance.

The market committee said the information gathered during the inspections should be shared with customers to prove individual farmers’ authenticity, he said.

Mr Recsei said weatherproof certificates were being produced and would be displayed by all stalls.

He said the process would be ongoing with regular and random inspections carried out.

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