“Our farmers have been wanting another outlet,” said North Byron Farmers Market Association (NBFM) president Ian Cameron, “and the showground is the logical place for it.
“It is such a nice place, shady, with all the facilities and untold parking so that there will be no upsetting of neighbours.”
The market will be held on Friday mornings and will be set up slightly differently from other local farmers’ markets, with the concept of local produce expanded to include goods that are locally produced.
This will give opportunities for local small businesses producing value-added local foods, garden, food and native plants and artisan crafts.
“As long as you made it, and the main ingredients are bought locally,” explained Ian of the new criteria.
And not only will the new market be humming, it will also be buzzing and making other sounds as well, with the addition of a section where locals can buy hens, ducks, beehives and alpacas.
There will also be a monthly recycling component selling recycled farm implements, with recycled gardening tools to be established later.
Farmers’ markets benefit customers by offering food that is just-picked or just-made, ‘fresh’ in the dictionary meaning of the word, and they benefit farmers by offering viable selling opportunities.
“I used to send all my produce to Melbourne and the transport costs were killing me,” said Ian.
“Now everything we grow we sell here at New Brighton or at the weekend markets, and for most of the small farmers like me it is the same.”
The NBFM is calling for expressions of interest from local farmers, food and plant producers and artisans for the new market which is planned to start operating in March.
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