New research conducted by Griffith University (McKinnis and Wilkinson) shows that farmers’ markets have played a vital role in fostering trust and community connections in our now Covid-era. The survey by two nutrition and dietetics students was conducted at Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby Farmers’ Markets (NSW) and highlights several major benefits of farmers’ markets, including the alleviation of feelings of Covid-19 induced isolation and loneliness.
NSW farmers’ markets were classified as an essential food service by state government under Covid. The Northern Rivers region shoppers reported that they wanted to buy local healthy produce and felt safer shopping in the fresh air. They trust and want to support regional farmers, the local economy and sustainable farming. But the greatest benefit was social connection.
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