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Farmers' market is one step closer

Local growers are hoping to get a farmers’ market running in Alstonville. Supporters (from left) are Rebecca, 4, Phyllis, 7, Samantha Green, Monica Martignani, organiser Justine Lucas and Jos Webber.
Local growers are hoping to get a farmers’ market running in Alstonville. Supporters (from left) are Rebecca, 4, Phyllis, 7, Samantha Green, Monica Martignani, organiser Justine Lucas and Jos Webber. Doug Eaton

FARMERS on the Alstonville Plateau are good at what they do - think award-winning coffee and macadamia products, local avocados, tropical fruit, honey, free-range eggs and more.

That's why local woman Justine Lucas believes a farmers' market is a "perfect fit" for the village.

She has been working towards setting up a farmers' market in Alstonville for almost a year and now she could have an opportunity to get it going.

The council last week voted to support the concept of a weekly Alstonville farmers' market, which would be held every Saturday between 6am and midday.

It would be held in the public car park between Bugden Lane and Commercial Rd for a 12-month trial period.

Expressions of interest will soon be called for the market management and Ms Lucas plans to lodge an application as soon as possible.

"I've already got quite a lot of support from farmers and producers in the area," she said.

"This is something that Alstonville really needs."

Jos Webber from Kahawa Estate Coffee said a farmers' market was the perfect chance to showcase the region's excellent produce.

"This would allow us to show people what we've got, to try it out and support local producers," Mr Webber said."

Samantha Green from Sagh- tar Fine Foods said the location, in the centre of town, was essential to the market's success.

"It will bring people into town," Ms Green said.

Ms Lucas said any producers or farmers who wanted to talk to her about the proposal could get in touch with her through the Alstonville-Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce.



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