New Tumut farmers market a hit

Una Skein made $150 selling home-made lemonade at the market.

Organisers and stallholders were delighted with the public’s response to the first running of the new Tumut farmers market on Friday.

“It was fantastic; we were very happy with the crowd that came down,” market spokesperson Sam Phillips said.

The market ran from 2pm to 7pm at the Connection Centre, right in the heart of the Tumut CBD.

“There was a steady stream of people the whole time,” Mrs Phillips said.

“We were very grateful for the support.”

Success seemed far from assured in the lead-up to the market, but eventually seven stalls were selling their wares, many of which sold out.

“Early on, we were worried because we only had a few stallholders, but later we had a few extras, which filled it out a bit more,” Mrs Phillips said.

“The markets were held at short notice, and we’ve definitely got more stallholders coming this week, some of who didn’t have enough stock ready before.

“There were a few teething issues, and we will have to move stalls around a bit, but in a few weeks we will work out the best spot for each stall.”

Tumut producer and stallholder Wayne Skein was optimistic in the lead-up to the market but it exceeded his expectations.

“It went great; much better than I thought,” he said.

“All the people there were very happy with what they did.”

Mr Skein’s young daughter Una made $150 selling home-made lemonade.

“She was stoked,” Mr Skein said.