Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets: December
Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 4th, 2009
December 2009 Newsletter:
What a year it’s been. It’s been very tough for so many and we sincerely thank you for your support. There’s plenty of good cheer now however…the VFMA accreditation launch saw around 200 producers and artisan makers awarded around Victoria. At our markets, thats over 75% so we are well on our way to the 90% required to gain accreditation for the markets themselves. This will be achieved early in 2010 when the few stallholders whose strength is not paperwork, get their application in! Please help us by spreading the word to look for the signs and support authentic markets…
So the summer spoils roll into the markets and are selling fast so put orders in or miss out! The season welcomes cherries, nectarines, peaches, onions, berries, lettuces, and zucchini with new garlic, basil, spuds, beans, peas, and capsicums just around the corner. Not too mention the free range meat & eggs, organic dairy and handmade cheeses. Then there’s also all the fabulous goodies so perfect for the pantry and as gifts; breads, mayonnaise, meringues, wine, nougat, bikkies, beers, juice, Xmas puds, mince pies and cakes, dips, pates, flowers, olive oil, olives, nuts, dried fruit and so much more.
And while we’re celebrating, well done to Mark and Sam from Eureka Coffee who received 2 Silver medals at the Golden Bean National Roaster Competition in the most competitive Espresso Class and also the Australian Grown Class. More than 700 entries were received for the competition from 330 coffee roasters. Also Bruce and Sue from Lochielan Cheese who won Gold at the Sydney Specialty Cheese Show for their white mould – Kaarimba Soft. As Sue said ”Having repeat customers is of course the best reward and recognition, but it is also fabulous to be judged by ones peers to make a good cheese”.
You’ll remember that we collected for our fire affected communities following Black Saturday and many of you were very generous. We held the money until recently when stallholders who bore the brunt assisted us to find some local projects which had slipped through the cracks and I thought you’d be interested where the exactly $10,000 was given. Warragul Community Church who have continually prepared thousands of meals for volunteers working in fencing, counselling, land clearing and property re-building around Labertouche and Jindivick. This was suggested by Ron and Dianne Moore from Labertouche Free Range Eggs. Clonbinane CFA for equipment for a new command vehicle through Allen and Lizette Snaith at Warialda Belted Galloway Beef. Redesdale CFA for fencing material costs and native revegetation. A direct donation was given direct to Nick Brocksopp and Wendy Robinson from Strathewen who are living in their shed having lost their house and crops so therefore their livelihood. Through them, another $2000 was given to the Strathewen community to help with re-equipping local facilities having been so totally decimated on 7th Feb.
For all that life is ever challenging, we’re incredibly lucky for the welcome and camaraderie on a Saturday morning. See you all in January when markets will all be running as per normal on the 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd!
Please don’t forget all the markets are plastic bag free so get into the swing and BYO!