Inaugural Clunes Farmers Market
An overwhelmingly successful first market. Patron numbers were higher than expected with many market stalls selling out of produce early.
Visitors and locals alike enjoyed the beautiful Autumn weather that Sunday 12th April turned on for the Inaugural Clunes Farmers Market. People flocked to the market to sample and buy the variety of local produce on offer ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables, organic meat, cheeses, honey, coffee, croissants, shortbread and wines to plants, bulbs, chickens and hay. The market was a standout with a variety of entertainment on offer that made you want to sit on a hay bale, have a chat, listen to toe tapping tunes of Cat and Clint the folk musicians, enjoy the autumn sunshine and soak up the atmosphere.
Patron numbers were higher than expected with many market stalls selling out of produce early. Fraser Street cafes and restaurants were extremely busy and shops reported doing an excellent trade for the day.
A feature of the inaugural market were the Sandy Creek Clydesdales. These are the same much loved Clydesdale horses previously owned by the Hill family and having them back in Clunes for the day was such a highlight for many local residents. The Clydesdales and wagon took adults and children for rides around the streets of Clunes. It was obviously a 'must do' as witnessed by the queues that developed. Wildfire, the fabulously friendly llama from White Stone Farm was up for plenty of hugs, the free jumping castles run by the local Fields family were popular and first, second and third prizes of the giant vegetable competition were won by local children.
A 3 night mid week stay at the magnificent Lodge B&B in Clunes is to be won by a lucky market patron. This competition runs from May to June and to lodge your entry you will need to complete an entry form at the market. Shayna and the glamourous Rockabilly girls were making sure that market patrons were completing the entry forms. Entry forms will be available from the market information stall for the next two markets.
The committee would like to thank the locals for their support of the Clunes Farmers' Market. It was heartwarming to see so many familiar faces and we appreciate that you all got behind us to make this event a success. Being a country market, it will evolve as a monthly social event for the district. Many people commented on what a happy market it was - happy stallholders, happy customers, happy organisers!
Be sure to wander along to the next Clunes Farmers' Market on Sunday 10th May to discover the surprises we have lined up for Mothers' Day. The extremely talented Chooka Parker will be playing at the May market. For those who havent heard of Chooka, he is a local pianist who plays his emotions on his keyboard. Make sure you bring your mum! Enquiries 0439 717 006