buy lo­cal at the mar­ket

Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

NSW Gaia Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Ev­ery Thurs­day Young peo­ple who had gone to the city to study and work are re­turn­ing home to Ul­ladulla, and bring­ing with them ideas and en­thu­si­asm for new projects. Some grow food and need a mar­ket for their goods, while oth­ers just want ac­cess to fresh food — which is what the farm­ers’ mar­ket is all about. Tim Cooper brings his fresh veg­eta­bles down from Wan­dan­dian Or­gan­ics. Gzone Hy­dro­pon­ics do a great line in cu­cum­bers and toma­toes (yep, year round), and Dews­burys Free-range Pork has good-value pork cuts and boxes. Pia Win­berg, from Bo­maderry, at­tends about once a month with sea­weed for all sorts of culi­nary ap­pli­ca­tions. Waste is­sues are be­ing tack­led head on: the mar­ket is a site for Boomerang Bags, hand-sewn bags made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als which aim to re­duce the use of plas­tic bags (boomerang­bags.org). Ul­ladulla Civic Cen­tre, Princes Highway, Ul­ladulla. 2pm–5pm. 0406 995 469; facebook. com/ga­ia­farm­ers­mar­ket NSW Bega Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Ev­ery Fri­day There’s an ac­tive net­work of farm­ers mar­kets in south-east NSW, with a mar­ket held some­where in the Bega Val­ley most days of the week. The de­vel­op­ment of these mar­kets has been due to the hard work of vol­un­teers and SCPA, a com­mu­nity-run group that un­der­stands the im­por­tance of lo­cal food pro­duc­tion and sup­ply in an iso­lated com­mu­nity where shops only hold enough stock for three days at a time. SCPA has two stalls at the mar­ket. One rep­re­sents up to 10 difff­fer­ent grow­ers, while at the mem­bers’ stall, any­one can sell what they’ve grown. Lit­tle­ton Gar­dens, Zin­gel Place, Bega. 8am–1pm. 0417 860 798; scpa.org.au

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