FARMERS’ MARKETS FEATURE IN HARVEST TRAIL REPORT

Delve into the #HarvestTrailReport2018 launched today by the Fair Work Ombudsman and you will discover one statistic that should spark the serious attention of all farmers’ market managers and stallholders.

The report claims supermarkets are rivaled by farmers’ markets as a preferred food shopping option – if time wasn’t an issue.  The research states 14% of shoppers are regulars at farmers’ markets, but…

‘When asked where people would shop if time wasn’t an issue, every shopping venue increased apart from supermarkets, which fell from 91% to 64%. Greengrocers increased from 34% to 58% and farmers’ markets from 14% to 57%! ’

So all we need now is to make more time, grab the trolley and head on down to a local farmers market!

www.fairwork.gov.au

MARKET WASTE MANAGEMENT FACT SHEET LAUNCHED

Reducing waste matters.   And farmers’ markets can lead the way!  Simple steps can make a big impact.  Whether you sell or shop at a farmers’ market do what you can to reduce food, packaging and other waste on market day!

The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) MARKET WASTE MANAGEMENT FACT SHEET is now available as a Free Download from https://farmersmarkets.org.au/market-waste-management-fact-sheet-launched

DELICIOUS 2018 AWARD FOR MARGARET RIVER FARMERS MARKET

Drum roll and fanfare for Australia’s Most Outstanding Farmers Market… Margaret River Farmers’ Market winner at #DeliciousProduceAwards2018.
Congrats to market manager Kat Lombardo, the passionate producers and supportive ‘Margs’ community.

Serious clapping too for finalists Willunga Farmers Market and Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market at Abbotsford Convent

Thanks to delicious. Australia for supporting authentic farmers markets, farmers and Australian artisan food producers.

Find your nearest farmers market www.farmersmarkets.org.au

SOUTH-WEST WA FOOD COMMUNITY CALL-OUT

Does your work involve supporting healthy food availability, access and use in the Western Australia ‘South West’ region?  South West Food Community is a new project which aims to understand the current initiatives supporting food security in the region.  A comprehensive mapping of these local initiatives is currently underway, which involves participating in an interview or focus group.  We are keen to capture as many initiatives that exist in the South West region.  If you would like us to include your South West initiative, or to find out more about the project, please contact s.godrich@ecu.edu.au
  

DELICIOUS 2018 PRODUCE AWARDS FINALISTS

Drum roll for the three Farmers’ Market finalists in the delicious. Australia 2018 #produceawards:
* Abbotsford Convent Farmers’ Market (by Slow Food Melbourne) (VIC)
* Margaret River Farmers’ Market (WA)
* Willunga Farmers Market (SA)

All are terrific contenders and exponents of authentic farmers’ markets that support local farmers and their communities.
Winner of Australia’s Outstanding Farmers’ Market will be announced in mid-August!

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC EXAMINES ‘IN SEASON’ NEW FARMING

 

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC Magazine examines ‘new’ trends in Australian farming and food production – which of course include farmers’ markets!

 

Click here to read all about it!

New Farming

GREAT BAKERS CHANCE TO RISE & SHINE

Fremantle Media producers of the TV series THE GREAT AUSTRALIA BAKE-OFF are casting the next series and are looking for talented bakers.
Dab hands with pies, pastries, crusty loaves, cookies and cakes all count.

So if you make and sell baked goods in a farmers’ market – or know shoppers who are keen on flour power and fancy their baking talent, suggest they check out the casting process.
Applications close end February.

 

More details:  http://www.bakeoff.castasugar.com

DELICIOUS PRODUCE AWARDS – 2018 NOMINATIONS LAST CALL

Applications for the 2018 delicious.  Produce Awards Outstanding Farmers’ Market award close soon!
Deadline:  5pm 14 February 2018
This national award showcases and celebrates excellence and true authenticity in Australia’s farmers’ markets.
The 2018 delicious.  Produce Awards’ Outstanding Farmers’ Market award will be presented to a farmers market that, in the judges’ opinions, stands out as a vibrant and engaging community focused market and which displays true authenticity, based on the following definition:  ‘A Farmers’ Market that is a predominantly fresh food market that operates regularly within a community, at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added artisan food products directly to customers.’  Definition sourced from the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association.  Please note:  An authentic farmers’ market excludes resellers, and arts and craft goods, unless made on-farm from farm origin product.
More details about this award and the 2018 application form can be accessed here. To be considered for this award, you must be an authentic farmers’ market based on the criteria outlined above, and, submit a completed application form by 5pm AEDT on Wednesday, 14 February, 2018.
For more details on this year’s delicious.  Produce Awards, click here.

 

BYRON REGION PRODUCE GUIDE 2018

Delve into the delicious fresh produce of the Byron Hinterland with this handy new produce guide, which also features a number of the vibrant popular weekly Farmers’ Markets in the region.

 

Copies available from:  Amy Colli gastronomicgoodness@gmail.com

WAFMA FARMERS’ MARKET RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH UWA

In 2018, the University of Western Australia (UWA) will be working with the Western Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (WAFMA) to develop new research on the importance of farmers’ markets for regional development.

The research project will focus on the reasons why food producers choose to sell at farmers’ markets.  This will include identifying the economic and social drivers and constraints for participation in farmers’ markets, the potential multiplier effects for regional agribusinesses, and may include a short survey of farmers’ market consumers.

Ms Helena Shojaei, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student, has been awarded a prestigious UWA Agribusiness Connect Honours/Masters Regional Research Scholarship to help finance this research.  The scholarship is funded by the Government of Western Australia’s Royalties for Region program.  Ms Shojaei has recently finished a double major in agricultural science, and human geography and planning.

The project will be supervised by Dr Natasha Paull and Prof Fiona Haslam McKenzie of the School of Agriculture and Environment and Centre for Regional Development, UWA.

More details:  Jenny Payet  0457 340 736

Meet researcher Helena Shojaei

WA FARMERS MARKET RESEARCH