Tumut farmers’ market a goer

Wayne Skein is looking forward to selling his produce at the Tumut farmer’s market next Friday.

A new farmers’ market will kick off in Tumut on Friday after a successful meeting last week.

The meeting held at Tumut River Brewing Co on Wednesday October 24 to gauge interest in the forming of such a market, attracted around 30 people and it was decided to get one started.

“We are still in the process of informing potential stallholders, but we are looking to hold it at The Connection courtyard,” market spokesperson Sam Phillips said.

“The consensus at the meeting was positive, so we are confident of getting a few growers and producers there. Hansie Armour, who owns The Connection, has kindly offered her space. We thought the Connection would be a good venue because it is in the CBD and people can go there when they finish work.

At this stage, the market is likely to run from 2pm to 7pm.

The push to get such a market going comes in the wake of the recent closure of the Falling Leaf Fruit Shop.

“A few years ago we had a farmers’ market called Friday Forage, at the riverside near the racecourse, and a lot of the feedback was that it was too far away,” Mrs Phillips said.

“We thought if it was more central people would support it better. A lot of people used to shop there, and they don’t want to buy their fruit and vegies at the supermarket; they want to support local growers. We will be selling local produce as much as possible.”

Tumut grower Wayne Skein believes the market will be good for the town.

“I hope the town gets behind us and gets most of their staples there,” he said.

“Now that the fruit shop has shut down; a lot of people don’t want to buy fruit and veg at Coles or Woolies; they want to support farmers.”

The market has a Facebook page tumutfarmersmarket and Instagram @tumutfarmersmarket.