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Farmers Markets extending their opening hours

By johnboy - 28 August 2012 46

The EPIC Farmers Markets are a religion to many of you. So it’s of vital importance to those people that the opening hours are being extended.

So if you want to get in first for the good stuff it’s now a 7:30am start.

Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), has responded to customer demand and increased their opening hours to allow even more Canberrans to enjoy the region’s freshest produce.

The new opening hours of 7:30am to 12:00pm come into effect on Saturday 1 September 2012. With the previous trading hours being 8:00am to 11:00am, this is an increase of 1.5 hours every week.

“A recent customer survey revealed an increasing demand for extended opening hours,” said Farmers Market spokesperson, Tony Howard.

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Farmers Markets extending their opening hours
Jivrashia 1:29 pm 29 Aug 12

ShanePeart said :

Shane. Bread Nerds

O_o So you’re the Bread Nerds.

Love your work. I buy one from Chokubaijo each week.

ShanePeart 1:14 pm 29 Aug 12

None taken. Didn’t realise I’d said that I didn’t like my job (I love it) or that I didn’t want to do my hours. Thought I had just made a humorous remark about it being bad for my health and then gotten slapped around the head with a wet fish.

mezza76 12:57 pm 29 Aug 12

ShanePeart said :

mezza76 said :

ShanePeart said :

So now I have to start at midnight instead of 1.30 am. That’s not good for my health!! Shane. Bread Nerds/That Bagel Place

Kinda late to realise that now and become a baker isn’t it? Maybe you should find a new career. One that isn’t dependent on getting your goods to a market that’s convienient to customers.

Like your job presumably.

It’s ok. I just found it odd that you publicy stated that you didn’t like yours (most people grumble behind the scenes).

We love the markets and find this move to be more convienient – and I would hope it makes more money to people like you and your employers/colleagues.

No offence but I found your comments to be somewhat typical of the way canberra customers are treated in this town. There seems to be a culture of service industry people ‘doing everyone a favour’ by opening a business. From the delivery guy that knocks off at 3pm, the baker who doesn’t like early starts, the car service place that would never work a weekend – practically, its a 9-5 town – bugger those who cant reorganise their lives around that time.

ShanePeart 11:42 am 29 Aug 12

mezza76 said :

ShanePeart said :

So now I have to start at midnight instead of 1.30 am. That’s not good for my health!! Shane. Bread Nerds/That Bagel Place

Kinda late to realise that now and become a baker isn’t it? Maybe you should find a new career. One that isn’t dependent on getting your goods to a market that’s convienient to customers.

Like your job presumably.

mezza76 11:05 am 29 Aug 12

ShanePeart said :

So now I have to start at midnight instead of 1.30 am. That’s not good for my health!! Shane. Bread Nerds/That Bagel Place

Kinda late to realise that now and become a baker isn’t it? Maybe you should find a new career. One that isn’t dependent on getting your goods to a market that’s convienient to customers.

ShanePeart 10:26 am 29 Aug 12

So now I have to start at midnight instead of 1.30 am. That’s not good for my health!! Shane. Bread Nerds/That Bagel Place

NoAddedMSG 7:41 am 29 Aug 12

niftydog said :

On a good day we’re done and heading home by 7:30. After 8 it becomes Muppetville.

Yeah, oblivious people with their trolleys which they park right behind you while you are standing still paying for something, so when you turn around you trip over it.

Those trolleys are lethal.

screaming banshee 7:34 pm 28 Aug 12

Pfft, I arrived at 7:05 once in search of a pre-work pie to see people leaving with their fill already

niftydog 5:22 pm 28 Aug 12

On a good day we’re done and heading home by 7:30. After 8 it becomes Muppetville.

A few stall-holders that I know say it’s already difficult to bring enough stock and find willing staff; some are doubtful as to whether it will pay-off.

Disposable 4:27 pm 28 Aug 12

I get there at 6.30 in summer and the place is packed.

NoAddedMSG 12:40 pm 28 Aug 12

Haven’t they been unoffically open at 7:30 for a long time already? I’m usually there around 7:45 am and there are people already leaving having finished shopping at that point.

Watson 12:17 pm 28 Aug 12

I have been living less than a km from those markets for over 5 years and I have NEVER managed to get there so far. Because I agree with Jivrashia. Well, I may get up before noon on Saturdays, but I need at least 3 hours to drink coffee and read the paper in my PJs and slippers before I feel ready to face any sort of crowd.

And I gathered that they would sell out well before closing time, so will be interesting to see if they will take more stock with the longer hours… I also doubt it.

Keijidosha 12:10 pm 28 Aug 12

Agreed. Extended opening hours won’t help the late comers when all of the best produce is cleaned out before 10am. Still, it should help the vendors who have enough stock to continue selling through until midday.

Jivrashia 11:50 am 28 Aug 12

The EPIC Farmers Markets are a religion to many of you.

My religion says it’s a sin to get up before noon on a weekend…

On a serious note, I’ve been there at 10am to be greeted by stalls that have ran out of stock.
Given that as a norm, what are the chances that there would be anything (good) left for anyone trying to take advantage of the extended hours?

77Eliza 11:14 am 28 Aug 12

Yeh!- I’ve been waiting for this for 6 years….

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