Girgarre Farmers Produce Market hits the mark


Promoting all things Australian, the Girgarre Farmers Produce Market attracts over 2500 visitors each month.

The Girgarre Farmers Produce Market may have started from humble beginnings five years ago, but today it is a success of grand proportions.
At the last market held in June, 64 stall holders showcasing Australian made produce attended and with an average crowd of between 2500  4000 people, the market obviously ticks a lot of the right boxes.
Organiser Doug Grey believes the Goulburn Valley region is the food bowl of nation and it is from this belief, the idea of the market began.
I loved watching the European television shows with their live markets and I thought Australia needs one of those, Doug said.
We had our first market with eight veggie stalls and about the same number of craft stalls, 1000 people came and by 11am the stalls were all sold out.  We held two more markets which were quite successful and then we broke for winter and we have been going ever since.
We have picked up locally grown fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, beef from Cobram, pork from Stanhope, local cheese from Kyabram and wine from Nagambie. There are farm trees and vegetable seedlings and an Asian lady come along and cooks some beautiful Thai food.
The market also hosts four live chook auctions over winter. People can purchase all different breeds of chooks from the everyday back yard chicken, to the more fancy feathered friends.
There is no second hand things for sale, no imported products and everything is Australian made. We dont allow raffles and all the money from the market goes back into the local community. The local fire brigade sell egg and bacon rolls and sausages, all their money raised goes to the CFA. The local school also makes a bit of money selling pancakes.
Doug said from a small country town with a population of 180 people, the market attracts around 80 volunteers.
We started out with only five volunteers, he adds.
Tea and coffee is served free of charge and music is played by a local musician. We try to make it a social gathering as well.
Doug has been more than happy by the success of the market.
I envisaged something like this to happen. I am delighted by the size and success of the market. The general public can come along and get access to fresh food and one of the general comments I always come across is, I buy my fruit and vegetables from the market because I know they will last longer than those bought from the supermarket.
The Girgarre Farmers Produce Market is held on the second Sunday of every month.
For more information contact Doug Grey on 03 5857 2270.


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