New Ballina twilight markets organiser Joni Teal is excited about the trial of the markets, which starts in December and will bring locally grown produce to Fawcett Park every week.
New Ballina twilight markets organiser Joni Teal is excited about the trial of the markets, which starts in December and will bring locally grown produce to Fawcett Park every week. Rebecca Lollback

Twilight markets by the river

IMAGINE buying locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and coffee while tasting food made by Ballina Shire's best chefs.

Imagine all of this at sunset alongside the beautiful Richmond River.

It's an idea which is about to become a reality, thanks to a new initiative of Ballina Shire Council.

A trial of the twilight markets is due to start on December 29.

It will be run by Joni Teal, who also runs the Lennox Head markets at Lake Ainsworth, and she said she was excited about starting a new market in Ballina.

"This is an amazing opportunity for the shire," she said.

"The market will be held at Fawcett Park, which is a fantastic location right by the river.

"It will be on every Thursday evening and I want it to be something which is really inclusive for the whole town.

"I want it to bring life into Ballina."

Ms Teal said there would be around 30 market stalls and they would be based around food, with primary producers, processors and artisans from the Ballina Shire being encouraged to get involved.

"We also want to get some of the local restaurants involved; maybe they can offer tasting plates and it's a good cross-marketing thing for them," she said.

"I won't be having clothes or jewellery because I want to complement the retailers in the CBD if they decide to stay open for late night trading.

"I really believe that markets are a great thing for small businesses and for the community."

The council's general manager, Paul Hickey, said the trial of the twilight market would start on December 29 and continue until the end of daylight saving next year.



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