The Koonwarra & Coal Creek Farmers Market Inc. are producer operated not for profit events. The management group represents elected committee members from regular stallholders; Market Manager is appointed by the committee and is a member of the committee.
Produce for Sale: The market operates with the key objective of providing a
viable/sustainable outlet for the smaller local grower’s produce/plants and specialty food makers. Vendors at the market sell primary produce (including small livestock), freshly grown food and specialty food. Non-food items such as self-propagated plants or cut flowers are accepted, No craft or ‘bric a brac’ will be accepted. At the discretion of market management assessment non- compliant products must be removed.
The Farmers Market endorses and operates under the principles of an authentic farmers’ market
‘An authentic farmers’ market is a predominantly local fresh food and produce market that operates regularly at a public location which provides a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell their farm origin product and their associated value added primary products directly to customers.’
Criteria of Sales at the Koonwarra Farmers Market:
Stallholders are invited to attend these Farmers Markets by the market's management. They are required to abide by the Rules and Charter, non compliance may result in this invitation being withdrawn.
All produce to be sold by the person, family member or farm based employee directly involved with growing, rearing, catching, or making the product. Re-sellers are not permitted to be vendors.
Collaborative selling is permitted. Market management must approve the arrangements
Pricing must be clearly displayed, weight and measures accurate and scales compliant with regulation. The origins of the produce are to be clearly communicated, distinguishing the identity of farmer, farm, region, processor or food manufacturing business.
Stalls must only sell the items listed on their application or by prior arrangement. The market management may inspect stalls to ensure compliance with the Market Charter. At the discretion of market management non-compliant stallholders may be removed if they fail to comply with the provisions of the Markets Charter, Guideline Regulations or if they act in an uncooperative manner.
Geographical Boundaries: Specialty food makers and producers, who grow, catch and manufacture products within the South Gippsland Shire or adjoining Shires will be given priority by market management. Selection criteria will be established according to product availability in the local region. Established stallholders will retain their site if additional local producers (of the same product) make an application; this however is at the discretion of market management.
Vendor Mix: The Koonwarra Farmers Market aims to offer a broadly diverse and seasonal range of fresh produce and value added products. Duplication of product is actively avoided to make maximum space for wide range of produce and to assist in maintaining sustainability of all stallholder/producers
Produce Quality: Stallholders must be committed to offering for sale, fresh, high quality, seasonal produce, and artisan or high standard specialty food products. The manufacture of all specialty products must comply with regulations applicable to food processing, packaging and food labeling. Food cooked on site at the market (including tasting samples) must be of high quality and wherever possible utilize the market vendor produce. Its preparation must comply with food safety requirements.
Pricing: The Farmers Markets aim to educate consumers about the true value of the cost of food production. Vendors will offer all produce at fair, market driven prices that reflect the quality and/or specialty nature of the goods sold and which achieve profitable outcomes. The total product price is to be clearly marked, which includes GST where applicable.
Labeling & Packaging:
All produce must be clearly identified. All value added produce is to be labelled and packaged in accordance with prevailing food safety regulations. Only certified organic produce should be labelled ‘organic’. Sellers who claim organic status should display proof of certification.
These Farmers Markets operate in accordance with prevailing community and government regulations including food health and safety, weights and measures, public and product liability, and applicable local government requirements. Wineries are required to display their ‘Limited Liquor Licence’ and their ‘Responsible handling of liquor certificate’..
Stallholder Principles: The markets are run for the benefit of vendors (growers & specialty food producers). Their representatives are expected to behave in a courteous manner at all times. No consumption of alcohol (other than sampling at the wine and beer stalls by appropriately licensed stallholders) is permitted. No smoking is allowed on the market site at any time. Any issue that is unresolved by market management will be referred to the elected market committee.
Customer Relations: Customer satisfaction and goodwill is of critical importance. Customers expressing dissatisfaction should be refunded or offered replacement goods of equal value. Market management will assist with any unresolved issues.
Insurance: The Farmers Markets are covered by appropriate public and product liability insurance and stallholders attending the market are also expected to have their own public and product liability insurance policy. It is the responsibility of stallholders to comply with their public liability insurance requirements.
For further market enquiries please contact:
On market day see the market manager
KOONWARRA David: 0411 413 716
COAL CREEK Rod: 0408 619 182