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Koonwarra’s monthly Farmers’ Market was where it all started; in fact by setting an exceptional standard at its foundation Koonwarra’s model has been duplicated all around regional Victoria.
Both Koonwarra and Coal Creek Farmers’ Markets have a well-deserved reputation for connecting and strengthening the local community’s sustainable food production, economy and well-being. The Markets continue to help stimulate, promote and distribute local fresh food from primary producers, growers, hobby farmers, home gardeners and small specialty food makers. The local economy also benefits from the employment opportunities made available on small farms previously consider non-viable.
Emphasis on Southern Gippsland regional produce and authenticity of our small producers is of utmost importance. The markets do not permit re-sellers or on sellers. Many of these formative guiding principles and philosophies are now followed by the Victorian Farmers Market Associations accreditation scheme.
These monthly Farmers Markets have plenty to celebrate with their achievements over many years. For example the venue at the Koonwarra Memorial Park and Hall continue to benefit from the market initiated infrastructure improvements and there has been a substantial increase in local producer’s turnout.
You will find a variety of 40 seasonal stalls delight patrons with an enticing assortment of produce presented by a network of local farmers, growers and specialty food producers. Since their inception these monthly events rapidly developed a reputation for being a friendly community minded gathering of locals and visitors to the region.
Products that are not available in supermarkets are always a feature, with many unique items. Market guidelines allow for minimal duplication of products to maximize the wide variety of products available from this region. It is a great bonus for the customer to be able to talk to the growers and makers of the products on offer.
Going to our monthly Farmers Markets are also good for the principles of an ecological farm environment; organic and chemical free wholesome food production is actively encouraged.
These Farmers’ Market concepts also help to reduce “food miles” from producer to consumer. Garden-fresh local food is made available economically and resourcefully to consumers. Customers are increasingly apprehensive about chemicals in food and GM free status, whilst rejecting much of the mass produced food with its lack of taste
Both Farmers Market aim to educate the true value of the cost of production of food by allowing local producers expertise being rewarded by a fair and realistic financial return. Customers frequently express surprise at the affordable prices and quality on offer; as a result there are an increasing number of regular patrons eager to access their favorite products knowing that they are directly supporting local small producers.
Throughout the year these monthly markets reflect the changing seasons with a diverse range of produce on offer. Not everyone has the time to bake in the kitchen, look after chooks or manage a vegetable garden so this is the opportunity to get the best of fresh local vegetables, fruit and artisan local produce.
Relax, enjoy the attractive markets atmosphere and have a picnic in the shade on the chairs and tables provided. You may even spot one of the local Koalas in the overhanging trees.
Remember to be early, the produce is all eagerly sought after.