Lismore farmers market's new digs
THE dream of a Lismore farmers market in the heart of the city is getting closer to reality.
Lismore City Centre manager Stephen Nelson yesterday said he was putting the final touches to the development application, to which Lismore council has already given in-principal support.
“More and more business owners, staff members and even shoppers are letting me know that they recognise and accept that we need activities such as markets and entertainment to bring people back into the city,” Mr Nelson said.
As part of the three-month trail, the organic market, which operates at the Lismore Showground every Tuesday, will move to the Magellan Street site between Carrington and Molesworth streets.
So far up to 20 organic stalls have signed up for the move.
Mr Nelson envisages that at some time during the trail a traditional farmers market will start operating every Saturday afternoon.
He said he had already received 'an overwhelming response' from farmers interested in selling at the market.
“The market will allow the farmers in the hills around Lismore to earn a living - the equivalent of farm-gate sales - and it's also a chance to let consumers know what is on their doorstep,” Mr Nelson said.
Lismore Chamber of Commerce, which has previously expressed concerns about the market's impact on city retailers and traffic, has begun surveying its members before it develops a final position, the president of the chamber, Michael Haddin, said.
It is believed the results so far are overwhelmingly in favour of the market.