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Feeding a growing appetite for farmer’s markets

by Kate Matthews

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THE ABUNDANCE of fresh, locally grown and harvested food around right now is a great reason to celebrate. And with holiday mode in full swing, there’s no better excuse than to head off to a northern NSW market to do a little hunting and collecting.

Research from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry reveals a conservative estimate of farmers markets in NSW to be around 43, with 152 nationally. We’ve counted 18 dedicated farmers markets in Northern NSW – that’s almost half of ALL farmers markets in NSW!  With new markets popping up all the time, there’s sure to be one near you.

Principles of Farmers Markets

There are the standards that the community expects to be upheld in genuine farmers’ markets. Best practice farmers’ markets are food markets where the stallholders are the farmers, their families or farm staff. Resellers are not permitted. The emphasis is placed on farm-direct and artisan-made food sales. Plants, seeds, flowers, worm farms, compost, fodder –  and small livestock like poultry are also included, but craft items are typically excluded.
If you’re looking for more detailed info on the principles behind farmers markets, then you’ll want to check out the Australian Farmers Markets Association.

STARTING A FARMERS MARKET? contact AFMA

LOOKING for a FARMERS MARKET in Northern NSW? Check out the North Coast Farmers Market Directory

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Yamba Farmers Market

by Kate Matthews

THE latest farmer’s market to hit the vibrant north coast market scene is the Yamba Farmer’s Market.

Yamba Farmers Market

Pink Cosmos Soaps and Lotions

This morning I had the chance to check out the Yamba Farmers Market for myself and have a quick chat to many of the stall holders. They are a friendly bunch, and I was equally impressed by what was on offer and it was lovely to hear about great products made or grown locally by passionate people.

Thumbs up to the local community too. While it isn’t a large market by any standard, there’s enough variety and interest to attract the crowds. At 9am the place was buzzing.

Ashby farmers Ray and Maise Imlach had sold out of all their organic free-range eggs  9.15am. All 110 dozen of them. It appears you have to be quick or you miss out.

Jane Beeby from Pink Cosmos Soaps and Lotions had a great range of all natural hand-made products, and Gina of Gina’s Fine Food was attracting quite a bit of interest with her gorgeous display of freshly baked treats.

Jane Beeby has a lovely range of natural hand-made soaps… Pink Cosmos Soaps and Lotions

But that’s not all. How about a hot BBQ breakfast and a freshly squeezed juice? Locally produced honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic vegies, pecans, jams, relishes, pumpkins, fresh bread, pork and beef were also on offer.

A big thumbs up to the organiser and stall holders for bringing some quality local product to the market table.  As a shopper, it’s refreshing to meet the people behind the scenes.

The Yamba Farmers Market is held every second Wednesday from 7am to noon in the Whiting Beach car park, Yamba.

A limited number of sites are available. Call Jeremy Challacombe for more info on 6642 3336. Please note, strict guidelines apply.

Sweet temptation… it’s local honey, jams and relishes by J Hannah of Woombah

Gina’s Fine Foods – gluten free treats

To read more, see my story in The Daily Examiner.

More photos on the North Coast Markets Facebook page.

What do you love about your local farmers market? Your comments below,

Farmers Markets… Good food is closer than you think

by KATE MATTHEWS….

HOW far does food travel before it ends up on your plate?

Food Miles in Australia: A Preliminary study of Melbourne, Victoria by Asha Bee Abraham and Sophie Gaballa, estimates the distances travelled for food items found in a typical shopping basket and the resulting greenhouse emissions from this transportation.

The report concludes that the total distance traveled by 29 of our most common food items is 70,803 km—that’s nearly two times the distance around the Earth!

If that fact bothers you, the solution is easy: go back to the roots of fresh produce and the traditional market place and get to know the farmers at your local markets.

You will not only get to know some interesting characters, if you ask questions, your friendly farmer is generally only too happy to provide tips and advice on food storage and preparation, favourite recipes, and even the story of how the food was produced. You won’t get that at the supermarket.

To help you find fresh local produce, North Coast Markets has put together a directory of your local farmers markets, so it’s now easier than ever to make the connection with locally grown food. With dozens of dedicated farmers markets and community markets on every week in many locations right across the north coast of new south wales, you’re sure to find one not too far from you.

Of course  the community market-place is a tradition that goes back to the early days of civilisation. However, online resources such as Local Harvest are a relatively new initiative aiming to help people find local sources of food and grow their own.

Local Harvest is a national directory for finding food co-ops, swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box systems, organic retailers and more by simply entering your postcode.

With six reasons to eat local food, Local Harvest outlines the basics and is supported by some of Australia’s best known gardening stalwarts including Jackie French and Jeremy Coleby-Williams.

Local Harvest will be a great companion for anyone interested in growing or sourcing fresh produce locally.

Is locally grown food important to you? Do you shop for some or all of your fresh food at a local market? We’d love to hear your thoughts

Places to go, things to see

Local Harvest | Finding good food, close to you.

ABC north coast map of local farmers markets

Australian Farmers Market Association

North Coast Markets Farmers Market Directory

What’s On – 3rd Saturday

Don’t spend your Saturday indoors. What you need is a nice day out at the markets:  Farmers markets, community markets, artisan markets… you name it, it’s happening on the third Saturday. Bellingen, Blue Knob, Byron, Bangalow, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, and Uki all on this Saturday.

Bellingen Community Markets, Bellingen Park, Church Street, 3rd Saturday of the month. They have a website.

Blue Knob Farmers Market. Every Saturday 9am to 1pm. Blue Knob Cafe and Gallery, 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock. For stallholders information call 6689 7484 or visit their facebook page.

Byron Artisan Market Every Saturday from 5pm – 9pm , Railway Park, Byron Bay. For more information please visit this link

Byron Saturday Bazaar, Every Saturday from 10am – 2pm. For more information please call (02) 6685 6807 or visit their page.

Byron-Bangalow Farmers Market Every Saturday 8am – 11am, Behind The Bangalow Hotel in Bangalow. For more information call (02) 6687 1137 or visit their webpage

Grafton showground Markets, 3rd Saturday of the month, Prince Street, Grafton. Suzanne Patricks (02) 6642 2240

Harbourside Markets at Coffs Harbour – near the Jetty. Held every Sunday from 8am to 2pm – An outdoor market displaying items that are home grown or home made items. Also has food stalls and a great band – usually a different one every Sunday.  Here’s a link to their webpage.

Kyogle Farmers Market, Stratheden Street Kyogle, Every Saturday morning 7am to 12 noon, Contact: Rupert on 6636 6233 or Anne 6632 1851

Lismore Farmers Market. Every Saturday 8am – 11am. Under cover at the Lismore Showground, Alexandra Parade North Lismore. Locally grown and farmed produce sold by the farmer direct to you. Fresh, seasonal and local produce supporting the local economy and the local farmer. Market co-ordinator Marny Bonner lismorefarmersmarket@gmail.com 0458 301 333

Mullumbimby Museum Market, Museum Grounds Stuart Street, Mullumbimby NSW 2482, Ph: (02) 6684 3370 Gordon Wright, 7.30am to 3.00pm, 3rd Saturday each month.

Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning.

What’s on – 2nd Saturday

Looking for a great market on the North Coast this Saturday?

There’s plenty to choose from:

Bellingen Growers Market, Second & Fourth Saturday, Bellingen Showground,  02 6655 9719

Blue Knob Farmers Market. Every Saturday 9am to 1pm. Blue Knob Cafe and Gallery, 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock. For stall-holders information call 6689 7484 or visit their Facebook page.

Byron Artisan Market Every Saturday from 5pm – 9pm , Railway Park, Byron Bay. For more information please visit this link

Byron Saturday Bazaar, Every Saturday from 10am – 2pm. For more information please call (02) 6685 6807 or visit their page.

Byron-Bangalow Farmers Market Every Saturday 8am – 11am, Behind The Bangalow Hotel in Bangalow. For more information call (02) 6687 1137 or visit their webpage

Grafton Cathedral carboot markets, 2nd Saturday of the month, Cathedral Car Park, Fitzroy Street, Grafton, Cathedral Parish Office (02) 6642 2844

Kingscliff Markets are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 7am to 1pm, in Jack Bayliss Park on Marine Parade. Lots of parking. Market organised by Kingscliff Lions Club. Contact the market manager on 0406 724 323. Visit their webpage for more info.

Kyogle Farmers Market, Stratheden Street Kyogle, Every Saturday morning 7am to 12 noon, Contact: Rupert on 6636 6233 or Anne 6632 1851

Kyogle Craft Markets, Stratheden Street Kyogle in Memorial Hall, Every 2nd Saturday morning 7am to 12 noon, Contact: Rupert on 6636 6233 or Anne on 6632 1851

Lismore Farmers Market. Every Saturday 8am – 11am. Under cover at the Lismore Showground, Alexandra Parade North Lismore. Locally grown and farmed produce sold by the farmer direct to you. Fresh, seasonal and local produce supporting the local economy and the local farmer. Market co-ordinator Marny Bonner lismorefarmersmarket@gmail.com 0458 301 333

Maclean Community Market, Cameron Park Maclean, 2nd Saturday of the month, Main Car Park, Maclean, Daniel Gray 0413 166 876  or  Bob Mansfield 0423 333 458

Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning.

Woolgoolga Market, Woolgoolga Beach, 2nd Saturday of the month,  7.30am – 1.30pm, Ph: 02 6654 0477

While we have created this market guide with care, we accept no responsibility or liability for inaccurate or out of date information. In all circumstances we strongly suggest you contact the market organiser directly to avoid disappointment. However, we do ask that if you spot an error or omission, please let us know by leaving a comment so we can amend!