Heading Toward our First Birthday
We are very much about supporting the businesses and community organisations in the town and several community organisations benefit regularly from the markets including the RSL, Clunes Primary School and the Clunes Football Club. If your community organisation would like to have a produce stall at the market please contact us on 0439 717 006.
The Clunes Farmers Market has achieved the holy grail of Victorian Farmers Market Accreditation which is the highest accolade of quality that a fresh produce market can be given. Congratulations to everybody who helped to make this happen. It is a fantastic achievement.
The Shire of Hepburn have been very supportive of the markets throughout. There is a lot of work done behind the scenes to bring you a market each month including traffic management, stallholder procurement and retention, marketing, entertainment, budgeting, grant writing, liaising with traders, stallholders, consumers and business and licensing bodies.
The move along Fraser Street for the March market was well received by the traders at the Templeton Street end. The band "In Limbo" was a resounding success with many market goers singing and dancing in the street. The amazing Doug Jeffreys and his band were absolute superstars and the market will definitely be asking them back again.
There are some very high quality and unique stallholders that attend the Clunes Farmers Market. One of these is Pink Muesli who is the darling of the foodie set. Pink Muesli chose the Clunes Farmers Market to launch their new product in March - Pink Muesli with Cinnamon Carrot Apple & Raisin. If you havent yet had a taste test, get yourself down to the April market to try this amazing product.
We have introduced a free raffle ticket upon entry and the gold coin donation. This goes into the draw for a fresh produce raffle with produce donated by the stallholders. The happy winner was Julia from Melbourne.
The Clunes Neighbourhood House in collaboration with Hepburn Shire ran an educational seminar on All Things Worms at the March market. Everybody left this event much the wiser about how to set up and manage a worm farm to reduce organic waste and keep their gardens happy.
The April Farmers Market will be celebrating a nationwide event called Boots for Change. This was originally started up by some schoolgirls who saw their farming parents suffering through a drought. Boots for Change focusses attention on fresh produce bought directly from the farmer for a fair price - rather than the supermarkets wrangling farmers into the dust over pricing. The Boots for Change will run at the April market in collaboration with the Clunes Neighbourhood House.
There is a big celebration planned for the Clunes Farmers Market's first birthday. So, come on down and help us celebrate. You may even be lucky enough to share in the birthday cake.
Finally, a big thank you to the Clunes people for the incredible amount of support from the locals that we get both in market attendance and volunteering.