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Model & Local Action – Farmer’s Market Newsletter, October

Posted in Events by Miranda on October 4th, 2007

Below is an extract of the Farmers’ Market Newsletter for August, by Miranda Sharp, Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets Freelance Food Writing, www.mfm.com.au.

Mainstream media repeatedly tells us to prepare for an increase in food prices due to the impact of the environmental conditions for local agriculture. Whilst this might be hard on the average household budget, we surely need to get a few things firmly in perspective. Consider how spoilt we are in the first place; the variety, quality and availability of fresh food in this country make the prices ‘cheap, if you will, compared to much of the rest of the world. Secondly, with a cynical hat on, theres no doubt farmers are going to suffer from the impact of water and climatic conditions, are we considering that the consequences may actually favour others…indeed, the heavyweights at the top of the food chain.

If food becomes harder to produce locally, where will fruit and vegetables come from to meet the demands? Youd have to think that the major distribution networks will respond enthusiastically and just go that bit further afield to source imports. Once those relationships and prices are set, how will our producers ever get a foot back in the door? Country of Origin labelling of fresh food in supermarkets is a step in the right direction because at least theres no excuse for ignorance but we are going to have to make a mighty leap into understanding and accepting our own seasonal produce if local growers are to
have a chance competing in a marketplace with such a strong incoming tide.

The farmers market community is growing and the public is gradually recognizing how much of a positive impact their choice of shopping is making. Together we do make a difference and have a chance of keeping our food under our control. Out there on the land, mid-Spring is living up to its wily reputation; no rain where its really needed, not enough warmth for the emerging crops to flourish and wild winds to make the work of bees harder pollinating summer fruit. On the up side we can revel in Spring lamb, asparagus, artichokes and citrus plus anticipate the return of broad beans, strawberries, snow peas and cheeses from that abundant Spring milk. Coming back to the markets this month we welcome Di the Rhubarb Queen, Westernport Greens, Kanooka Nursery, Daylesford Organics, Puds for all Seasons and Romsey Roses.

October is birthday month in St Heliers Street, we notch up 5 years at Collingwood and our first anniversary for Slow Food Melbourne at the Abbotsford Convent. What a long way weve come in a short time! Thanks you to everyone for your great support and encouragement…keep in touch, help spread the word and lets see what we can achieve in another 5 years!

Veg Out Farmers Market
6 October & 1st Sat every month 8.30am-1pm
Chaucer Street, St Kilda Melways 2P B9.
Free Entry

Collingwood Childrens Farm Farmers Market
13 October & 2nd Sat every month 8am–1pm
St Heliers Street, Abbotsford Melways ref 44 G5
Entry $2 adults& stay all day. St Heliers St carpark (if you use it) is $2 donation

Gasworks Farmers Market
20 October & 3rd Sat every month 8.30am–1pm.
Graham Street, Albert Park. (cnr Pickles St) Melway ref 2J H7
Free Entry

Slow Food Melbourne Farmers Market
27 October & 4th Sat every month 8am–1pm.
Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers St, Abbotsford. Melway ref 44G5.
$2 adults entry & St Heliers St carpark to restoration & maintenance.

Please dont forget all the markets are plastic bag free so get into the swing and BYO!
For more information or if youd like to receive the monthly newsletter contact Miranda Sharp on 0429 146627 or mfm @vtown.com.au or www.mfm.com.au

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