Farmers market a growing initiative
If all goes to plan for Lisa Loveday we should be able to ditch the supermarkets and buy most of what we need fresh from local producers.
Ms Loveday is the chairwoman of Grow Sandringham which is about to launch a monthly farmers market in the suburb.
The group has its roots in the international Transition Towns movement which encourages communities to make themselves more self sufficient to enable them to better deal with challenges of climate change and oil shortages.
Some of the initiatives the group has been running since its inception last year include food swaps, bulk buying of organic products and offering classes in things like sewing and cheese making.
‘‘These are all skills people have lost but would love to learn,’’ Ms Loveday says.
‘‘If you buy organic it can be more expensive and the bulk buying means it’s available to people at affordable prices.’’
The market is a flagship project.
Interest has been strong and almost all of the stall spaces have been taken.
The market will showcase lots of new and unusual local businesses as well as the usual vegetables, cheeses, breads and eggs.
‘‘It is an opportunity for locals to start a business,’’ she says.
of Sandringham residents growing produce on a commercial scale means some has to come from outside the area, but there will be a trading table where people can sell the excess from their gardens.
The market will run on every second Saturday of the month.
Ms Loveday says the goal is to have it running more regularly.
‘‘The whole idea of a farmers market is that it is always there and it can get people out of shopping at the supermarkets and able to buy local instead,’’ she says.
Ms Loveday and Grow Sandringham both received awards at the AlbertEden Community Volunteer Awards.
Albert-Eden Local Board member Helga Arlington says it was Ms Loveday’s efforts to bring the community together that made her stand out.
‘‘She puts her energy into so many things, but the net effect is community cohesion,’’ she says.
Lisa Loveday hopes the Sandringham Farmers Market will get people out of supermarkets and buying local produce.