I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling bananas and avocados. In no stretch of the imagination could Tweed Valley be considered ‘Canberra region’! (I have previously asked other stall holders where they were from and one bread and cake seller told me he was from Sydney, but I had thought that was an aberration.)
Capital Region Farmers Market (http://capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au) state on their website that they are ‘proud to do something positive to underpin the growing agri-business opportunities in the region and offer a great seasonal food experience.’ Hmm. I am really starting to wonder if this is true, given the presence of stalls clearly from outside our region.
Since then I have discovered another farmers market, the Canberra Farmers Markets (http://www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au) which are held at UC on Saturday afternoons and at Woden CIT on Sunday mornings. Their website states that they sell ‘fresh, regional ,seasonal produce’ and that their stall holders have to display market signs which are ‘green for produce grown or processed by the stallholder and white if the stallholder is an agent for another grower or producer.’
This seems more my style, but I have not had the opportunity to attend these markets.
I would be most interested in other Rioters’ views on what is ‘local’ or ‘regional’ produce and how they rate the alternative farmers markets.