Farmers planning Mullum market

MULLUMBIMBY foodies will soon be able to buy fresh produce if plans to set up a weekly farmers market at the showground goes ahead.

The group that runs the New Brighton farmers market every Tuesday morning is calling for expressions of interest from local farmers, food and plant producers and artisans.

The North Byron Farmers Market Association (NBFM) hopes the move will revitalise the Mullum Showgrounds.

Planned for Friday mornings, the Mullum market will expand the traditional farmers market model to include local small businesses producing value-added foods and stalls selling garden products, food and native plants and artisanal crafts.

It is hoped that ducks, beehives and alpacas will be for sale. Once a month, recycled farm and gardening tools will be sold.

Start-up date for the new market could be in April if all goes smoothly.

NBFM president Ian Cameron said the association was set up to develop more farmers’ markets in the north of the Byron Shire.

The New Brighton market was being inundated with inquiries from businesses making food from local ingredients, but they were not farmers and didn’t fit the current farmers market model entry rules, he said.

The NBFM recognises the need to provide more opportunities for small local business and the Mullumbimby Showgrounds provides a natural setting for such a market and has plenty of space.

“This market will provide a great starting point for new farmers and new local sustainable enterprises and it is looking for stalls that offer a diverse range of local products such as heritage vegetables, cheeses, pasta, tofu, handcrafted bread-boards and bowls, handmade ceramic mugs and plates and heritage live poultry varieties,” Mr Cameron said.

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