Daid Roby and Christine Raward at the Lismore markets.
Daid Roby and Christine Raward at the Lismore markets. Northern Star

Market grows on area

ALSTONVILLE'S self-described 'peasant farmer', Dave Roby, was one of a handful of local growers who began the organic market at the Lismore Showground nine years ago.

“We wanted local people to feed local people. That was the idea behind this,” he said.

From humble beginnings the Tuesday market has grown to attract dozens of stall operators and hundreds of people wanting locally-grown food.

At the market yesterday, celebrating the market's ninth birthday, Mr Roby's stand - like those of other stall operators - was hugely popular, with shoppers attracted by his bountiful supply of beet- roots, avocados and rhubarb.

His scales are a 1970s relict, and to overcome its cantankerous accuracy of measure, Mr Roby avoids any customer conflict by dropping on another three pieces of fruit.

“No one expects accuracy,” he explained with a laugh.



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