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Moruya’s first Farmers Market will go ahead at Riverside Park on New Year’s Day. The market, which is being organised by SAGE, will operate every Tuesday in January and February from 3.30pm to 7pm as a trial for a full time market later in the year.
Local growers are enthusiastic about the difference it will make to them. Fraser Bayley from Old Mill Road BioFarm in Turlinjah is a market regular on Saturdays and loves the idea of a mid-week market.
“Summer in gardens and on farms is a time of abundance and there is a lot to harvest. Most of the summer vegetables need to be picked regularly to continue the harvest and so the fruit doesn’t go past its prime. It is impossible to ask a tomato plant to wait a week until we can pick it again and our customers demand fresh picked produce” Fraser said.
“I’m not going to pick on Monday and fridge it until Saturday to sell as fresh produce.”
Fraser also believes that a farmers market will have a big flow on effect in Eurobodalla .
“By having an outlet for local produce it may stimulate a lagging rural economy in our region” he said.
“Enabling farmers to direct market their product leads to a more viable farm business and may encourage people with smaller acreages to turn a hobby of goat cheese making, berry farming, pig, duck or rabbit raising or other rural pursuits into an income stream which can only have a positive affect on the wider local economy. And for the consumer this means more choice of fresh quality product raised and made by people they know, who their kids go to school with, who they depend upon in turn for business.”
SAGE President Stuart Whitelaw said “all growers and producers from the region are welcome at the market.
There may be more than one stall selling similar products, but for the trial period, we want to keep it as open as possible.
“A farmers market in Moruya is a really exciting development. We’re so pleased to have had such great support and cooperation from the Eurobodalla Shire Council to make this happen.”
Interested growers and potential stallholders can email email@example.com or call Stuart Whitelaw on (02) 4473 6226.
For more information about SAGE, visit www.sageproject.org.au
From its original inhabitants, the Bugelli-Manji tribe, to bushrangers, the Gold Rush and beyond, Moruya has a rich history filled with the colour and romance typical of Australia's early days.