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Local action – Farmer’s Markets Newsletter

Posted in Events, Models, Movements by Ferne Edwards on May 8th, 2007

Contribution by guest author, Miranda Sharp, Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets, Veg Out Farmer’s Markets Newsletter, May www.mfm.com.au

In her letter published in The Age last week, “ex-vegetable grower” and reluctant farmers market retiree Leonie Bessant from Murchison suggests that the evidence of conditions for agriculture in eastern Australia was forecast decades ago but ignored. Were now told to expect greater food costs, more imported foods and less local produce, such is the result of the catastrophic impact on many producers.

The irony, adding insult to injury for local growers, is that these conditions directly play into the hands of big business giving more opportunity to control the marketplace, setting the prices and squeezing out the little guys who cant compete. So what can we the consumers, do? How about a statewide pact to only buy Victorian-grown food this winter? From the markets, greengrocers or supermarkets, if we all curtailed our expectations of the choices we expect to see, the suggestion is completely achievable.

Hows this for a range of this seasons fresh produce…apples, artichokes, Asian greens, beetroot, broccoli, Brussells sprouts, cabbage, caulis, carrots, celery, fennel, fejjoa, grapefruit, kiwis, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, mandarins, mushrooms, nuts, oranges, parsnips, pumpkin, quinces, rhubarb, rocket, spinach, spuds and swede… to name but a few on offer over the lean times. Just how much more do we need?

The Locavore movement started in San Francisco in 2005 and is dedicated to purchasing food from a radius of 100 miles as the local boundary. That might seem too much of a challenge living in a sprawling city as we gobble up our agricultural fringe for bigger ‘burbs, but not so long ago the outer areas provided a very significant proportion of the cities fresh food and who would have believed that thered ever be a demand for aisles of freezers full of imported, prepared vegetables
and ready to eat meals.

FARMER’S MARKETS:

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

Collingwood Childrens Farm  Farmers Market
12th May & 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
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
4th Sat every month 8am–1pm.
Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers St, Abbotsford. Melway ref 44G5. $2 adult entry.
St Heliers St carpark (if you use it) $2 goes to restoration & maintenance

Phone: 5657 2337 or 0429 146627
Email: msharp @vtown.com.au
Web: www.mfm.com.au

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