EP 18 - Farmers' markets: promoting healthy individuals, communities and environments
Farmers' markets promote individual health, environmental health and healthy communities. These weekly markets support local farmers, stimulating local economies and building direct relationships between the growers and buyers.
They offer a place where the consumer can ask questions about how their food is grown, creating consumer trust and encouraging sustainable farming practices that reduce exposure to toxic fertilisers and pesticides. Consumers are guaranteed fresh, locally grown, (often organic) seasonal produce that is low in food miles, has minimal packaging and is highly nutritious. The environment also benefits, with consumers bringing their own bags or baskets, cutting down on unnecessary single-use plastic bags. It's also a great place to connect with friends and family, listen to music and let the kids play.
Murwillumbah Farmers' Market springs into life every Wednesday morning from 7.00 – 11.00am, allowing consumers to purchase super fresh, seasonal local produce from small family farmers and artisanal local producers. Situated at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, visitors can enjoy stunning views to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and the surrounding Caldera.
In this episode Sue Beckinsale, the Manager of the Murwillumbah Farmers Market chats about the market's humble beginnings 10 years ago and its transformation into a wonderful gathering place for surrounding villagers to catch up with family and friends over a cuppa and delicious food, while relaxing to beautiful music local music. April 2021 marks the market's 10-year anniversary and Sue reflects on how the market has expanded into a rich offering of local fruit, vegies, meat, dairy and much more, becoming a destination for locals and tourists to enjoy.
In this episode Sue talks about:
- what makes the market such a special destination
- why its important to shop locally and support our farmers and artisans
- how markets are a special weekly community event
- why our local market is thriving, attracting 1500 visitors each week
- what is planned for the upcoming celebrations for the 10-year anniversary
- why they are hosting a stall welcoming our new residents to the 2484 on the 24th of March 2021
- how these markets support local environments by reducing the number of kilometres our food travels from the farm gate to plate.