Mar­ket sup­ports lo­cal com­mu­nity

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Sup­port­ing the Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is a great way to sup­port lo­cal farm­ers and the com­mu­nity, and it’s on again this Satur­day.

Held the first Satur­day of each month, the mar­ket was es­tab­lished seven years ago by a pas­sion­ate group of peo­ple who saw a need for it in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket chair Gemma Brockie said stall­hold­ers from through­out the district bring freshly picked, lo­cally grown sea­sonal pro­duce.

As a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, the com­mit­tee is very ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the town.

‘‘The gourmet stall, bar­be­cue and do­na­tions made at the en­trance are all di­rected straight back into the com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Brockie said.

‘‘In re­cent years the mar­ket has do­nated to a wide va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity ser­vice clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions.’’

Some of these in­clude $15,000 for the Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre, $2000 for re­cent up­grades to Memo­rial Park, $1000 for the pur­chase of soc­cer goals, and $420 to­ward a Bi­ralee Preschool farm visit ex­cur­sion.

In ad­di­tion to fresh pro­duce, stall­hold­ers sell freshly baked bread, al­monds, con­serves, honey, wine, de­li­cious cup­cakes and more.

And there’s usu­ally live mu­sic to keep you en­ter­tained.

‘‘We in­vite lo­cal crafts­peo­ple who of­ten at­tend to sell wood­work, gar­den or­na­ments, gifts and dec­o­ra­tions,’’ Ms Brockie said.

Any­one wish­ing to hold a stall or vol­un­teer on the com­mu­nity stalls can con­tact the com­mit­tee on 0412 340 550.

The mar­kets are held at the Rail­way Park on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month from 8am to noon.

RIGHT: Rob Massina and Nola Pin­nuck at a pre­vi­ous Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

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