Help save Farmers’ Market

Glenn and Donna Pavey with some fresh produce at a recent Forbes Farmers' Market. The markets, on this Saturday, need more volunteers to continue.

Glenn and Donna Pavey with some fresh produce at a recent Forbes Farmers' Market. The markets, on this Saturday, need more volunteers to continue.

The Forbes Farmers’ Market is calling on the Forbes community to join the committee and help ensure the Markets can continue.

Over the past two years, the Forbes Farmers’ Markets have been run by a small but dedicated volunteer committee. Now two committee members are moving and the markets may be forced to close if new volunteers cannot be found.

“We are very proud of what the markets have become since 2014,” said Coordinator, Rachel Wythes.

“What began as an idea to connect local producers directly to consumers has grown into a regular fixture for many people, who not only enjoy getting great quality produce, but also the social aspect of the markets.

“It would be a great shame if the markets were unable to continue due to a lack of volunteers.”

Committee members have several jobs, including confirming stallholder’s attendance, promoting the markets through social and traditional media, collecting stallholder fees and some set-up on market days.

“The work isn’t overly time consuming when it is shared between a few people,” said Mrs Wythes. “It is also very satisfying when you have a really successful Market Day, with happy stallholders and customers.”

The Forbes Farmers Markets are this weekend at Victoria Park. There will be vegetables from Neurea Valley Produce, meat from “Pride of Oak” Tableland Premier Meats and Trunkey Creek Bacon, cider, sough dough and other local produce.

For more information about volunteering, contact their Facebook page or speak to one of the organisers on Saturday.

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