Alstonville Farmers Market organiser Steve Cooke ahead of the first market in 2013. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Alstonville Farmers Market organiser Steve Cooke ahead of the first market in 2013. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Alstonville Farmers Market ‘fails to get support’

THE Alstonville Farmers Market will be a thing of the past, after organisers had to cancel the weekly market due to dwindling stalls and public interest.

The markets ran for two-and-a-half years, with more than 75 different stall holders and 128 individual markets.

Alstonville Farmers Market manager Steve Cooke said it was a shame to see the market go but there was little alternative after it "failed to get the support it needed" both from the public and from stallholders.

"We ended up dwindling down to four or five stalls," he said.

"As best as I can see, the stallholders dropped out either just because it wasn't worth their while or because they went to other markets on the Saturday which were more lucrative.

"Gradually, because it wasn't profitable enough for them, they dropped out."

Mr Cooke said one of the difficulties was the cost of storage and hiring someone to help set up canopies, tables and chairs, which became unaffordable when it rained.

"Because it became unaffordable to run the market and stallholders weren't seeing any return for their work, we decided just to call it a day," he said.

"I was disappointed because I thought there would have been more farmers in Alstonville who would have sold their produce."



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