Crackdown - Kawana & Noosa Farmers Markets

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  1. stevo

    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    Here's an interesting story for you Mark. .... and , you could go along sell stuff here?

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    A CRACKDOWN on stallholders at the popular Kawana and Noosa farmers' markets next month will protect small growers and give consumers greater transparency, management says.
    Farmers' markets director Shane Stanley said a clampdown on stallholders selling wholesale produce would come into effect on April 5. "

    Story here: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/farmers-markets-to-insist-on-the-real-deal/2568966/
     
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    That's an excellent idea and all farmers markets should do the same thing and not let wholesale produce they didn't grow themselves be sold.

    If people are not sure the produce being sold is genuine or locally grown all they have to do is question the people selling the produce and ask things like: where was this product grown, were pesticides used, when was it harvested, etc and by the reaction of the seller you can usually tell if they really have no idea. If the seller at a farmers market can't look you in the eye and say exactly where the produce is grown without hesitation then walk away... That's what I do!

    Also, get to know what produce is in season around your area and buy fruit & veg typically grown at that time of year because unless you live in a place with extreme winters there's always an alternative product to buy which is grown locally rather than imported into the area.

    Yep, that's a great move by by the management of Kawana and Noosa, hopefully other market organisers will do the same and stop the wholesalers who skip from one market to the next undermining the true local grower heros! :)
     
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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    I guess if it was just a "market" then it's no problem, but being a "farmers market" then you assume any sellers are going to be the producers.
     
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    Yandina used to be a 'farmers market'. You were not allowed to buy stuff wholesale and sell it there, but these days you are hard pressed to find a stall where the majority of the produce is grown by the stall holder. There are a couple, but they are a small stall in a sea of Woolie's style fruit and veg shops under tarp.
     
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    That's a bit of a shame but the Caboolture markets are similar whereby large fresh goods stalls rule the landscape - it's just like Wollies but outdoors :)

    Thankfully, there are still genuine homegrown or small farmer stalls selling in season fruit and veg at Caboolture but they do have to compete with the frenzy wholesales, which must be annoying. Hopefully, more people will see the value in buying from the little guys and we'll a resurgence in mini fresh food stalls popping up with chem free backyard produce!
     

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