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A warm welcome

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A WARM welcome to holiday makers here on the north coast, and to anyone discovering North Coast Markets for the first time.

There’s been a big spike in visitors to the blog over the past couple of weeks, I’m guessing because many of you are enjoying time off at this time of year, and probably also thanks to the recent run of first class weather which I’m sure has contributed some great market days.

While some markets have been put on hold, many others have additional stall holders and are attracting large crowds. If you’re in doubt, please check directly with the market organisers – we’d hate to see you disappointed. You can find the most comprehensive market and event directory in Northern NSW here. Where possible, we’ve provided links directly to a website or facebook page.

Check out Yamba’s Twilight Market on New Year’s Day. A section of the main street was closed to traffic.  If you watch this video, you can see how busy it was in the CBD.

If you haven’t done so already, please stop by and like the North Coast Markets Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @nthcoastmarkets. Like you, we’re a big fan of markets. And we’re independent. Our goal is to promote and support north coast markets and stall holders – and to showcase the diverse range of talent we have in the region. There’s a link over there on the right for Twitter >>>>

You might also like to look through our daily market guide, or do a quick search using the box on the top right side of the page. >>>>

If you’re a market fan, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have a favourite? Where will you be this weekend? Please comment below.

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http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/videos/yamba-twilight-markets/16864/

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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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