WA FARMERS’ MARKETS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The WA Farmers’ Markets Association has launched a website – a terrific platform for all WA farmers, stakeholders and shoppers keen to support authentic farmers’ markets and keep abreast of the latest developments in this important sector. There are now 22 Farmers’ markets trading regularly in WA .

 

Check out the list and the site: http://www.farmersmarketswa.org.au/wa-markets

 

NEW ALLIANCE FOR NSW FARMERS’ MARKETS

Calling all fans of NSW farmers’ markets – the new Farmers Markets Alliance of NSW has recently been launched to represent the interests of authentic farmers’ markets and advocate for the sector in NSW. The organisers are building a statewide network to elevate the awareness and authenticity of NSW  farmers’ markets. Let’s strengthen the community around fair and local food!

More details: FMANSW President Kate Raymond T: 0413 920 620

2017 OUTSTANDING FARMERS MARKET AWARD GOES TO…HARVEST LAUNCESTON

The premier national award for Farmers’ Markets is the Delicious Magazine Produce Awards ‘Best Farmers’ Market’- a coveted accolade.

Congratulations to the 2017 Winner – Harvest Launceston – a Saturday weekly market that five years on is an integral part of the Launceston community. Shop there for amazing quality vegetables and fruit, local creamy Tassie butter, artisan cheese, seafood, paddock raised eggs, free-range meats, honey, nuts, olive oils, preserves and so much more. Truly authentic, with generous smiles and salsa dancing.

Definitely detour-worthy!

HARVEST LAUNCESTON FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Cimitiere Street, Launceston

Congratulations too go to the other farmers’ market finalists: Albany Farmers’ Market (WA), Willunga Farmers’ Market (SA) and SAGE Moruya Farmers’ Market (NSW)

DELICIOUS PRODUCE AWARDS 2017 FINALISTS

Drum roll for the four farmers’ market finalists in the Delicious 2017 Produce Awards...and it seems clear the judges vote is for consistency, authenticity and community outreach.

Take a bow Harvest Launceston, Willunga Farmers Market, SAGE Farmers Market Moruya and Albany Farmers Market Western Australiafour of Australia’s longest running farmers’ markets that continue to thrive and set the highest standards.

The winner will be announced on Monday 7 August in Melbourne.http://http://www.delicious.com.au/people-events/produce-awards/article/fancy-fresh-produce-these-australias-top-farmers-markets/MC9zjwn3 

 

FACT SHEET: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING

The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) has developed a COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING FACT SHEET to assist stakeholders in the farmers’ market sector understand the new food labelling standards. These standards become mandatory in July 2018.

All market stallholders, managers, and market committees are advised to carefully investigate how the new food label provisions affect their business.

The FACT SHEET is intended to provide an introduction to the new standards – but AFMA accepts no liability in relation to the information provided, its interpretation or compliance. Food producers are requested to consult the various government agencies (links provided) for additional clarity or information regarding the new food labels.

DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET HERE:

CoOL FOOD LABELLING FACT SHEET

BOOTS FOR CHANGE WINS PHILANTHROPY AUSTRALIA AWARD

The AFMA national BOOTS FOR CHANGE 2016 campaign has been highly acclaimed at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards winning SPECIAL MENTION in the BEST SMALL GRANT category (under $50,000).

In fact the FRRR Grant to AFMA to create the BOOTS FOR CHANGE campaign was $10,000. That seed funding (and leveraged philanthropic partnerships) was deployed to create a national campaign to raise awareness of farmers’ markets and the beneficial role they play in supporting Australian farming families.

‘The impact of BOOTS FOR CHANGE was simply astounding. The total national spend at these markets tallied more than $17 million. The social media coverage reached an audience 0f 1.75million Australians. At least 48% of markets reported increased shopper numbers as a result of the campaign, and 99% of market managers were extremely satisfied,’ said Boots For Change project manager, Jane Adams.

‘ The power of BOOTS FOR CHANGE lies in its simplicity. Everyone can pull on a pair of boots as a gesture of support for our hardworking farmers and food producers.’

BOOTS FOR CHANGE Market Days ran throughout April 2016 in 56 farmers’ markets Australia-wide. The campaign hosted a total of 96 markets that engaged 3000-plus farmer stallholders and reached 180,000-plus shoppers in all states.

More information: Jane Adams M: 0417 733715 E: info@farmersmarkets.org.au

 

CYCLONE DEBBIE APPEAL LAUNCHED

AFMA is partnering with FRRR (www.frrr.org.au) to support the many farmers so severely affected by Cyclone Debbie in QLD and the NSW Northern Rivers. Market managers in farmers’ markets across Australia are being invited to host ‘Cyclone Debbie Appeal’ Market Days to raise funds to support the farmers in affected areas.

The Appeal Call-out link below includes fund raising ideas and details for remittance to FRRR of funds raised. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Please support this appeal to help farmers and their families rebuild their farming businesses and lives after this major disaster.

If you are a market manager – please rally your stallholders and shoppers to support this appeal.

Farmers market shoppers please give generously!

Cyclone Debbie AFMA :FRRR Appeal

ICONIC FRENCH CHEF SHOPS FOR DINNER AT TASMANIAN FARMERS MARKET

Iconic 3-Star Michelin French chef Alain Passard devised his entire menu for the one-off 14-course Gale Dinner in Launceston on produce sourced and bought from stallholders at the HARVEST LAUNCESTON Farmers’ Market.

Chef Passard spent over two hours tasting and choosing different ingredients for the dinner served to 120-plus guests.

The fresh local produce included Robbins Island Wagyu, Flinders Island lamb, celeriac from Elphin Grove Farm, local apples, beetroot, figs, cabbage, garlic, local leatherwood honey, Tasmanian Butter Co. butter,  Sandy’s Sourdough – and the tables were decorated with herbs and fruit.

What a coup for one of Australia’s stand-out authentic farmers’ markets.

Passard and his assistant chefs were supported by  chefs and apprentices from Launceston restaurants and the  students at the Drysdale Hospitality College. What an opportunity for these youngsters to work with one of the world’s most lauded chefs who operates his own bio-dynamic farms in France to ensure peak quality ingredients.

Asked what he thought of the Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market and its food – Passard had one word – ‘Magnifique!’

FARMERS’ MARKETS ON SUNDAY ABC RADIO

ABC Radio’s Cassie McCullagh served up an extensive Sunday brunch interview (Sunday 19 March) on the growth, importance and permanence of Australia’s farmers’ markets.

She was talking with AFMA spokesperson Jane Adams.

Listen here:

CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE

The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) has launched a new website – the go-to information platform for the national farmers’ market sector.
To view: www.farmersmarkets.org.au

Or read the Media Information:

AFMA NEW WEBSITE

More information and images: Please call Jane Adams
T: 02 9360 9380
M: 0417 733715