Mar­ket Day for Moss­burn

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‘‘It is an­other way of bring­ing lo­cals to­gether, sup­port­ing the se­nior cit­i­zens and giv­ing peo­ple dif­fer­ent food choices.’’ Anna Yates

A de­sire for lo­cally pro­duced goods has pro­vided im­pe­tus for a monthly Mar­ket Day at Moss­burn, open­ing on the Sun­day of Labour week­end.

Co-or­gan­iser Anna Yates from Otau­tau said Moss­burn is an ideal spot, with its keen lo­cal pro­duc­ers and farm­ers, along with the trav­el­ling pub­lic, es­pe­cially tourists.

‘‘One of the ideas is to get a full range of gluten free, or­ganic and dairy-free op­tions avail­able for the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple who are look­ing for those prod­ucts, in­clud­ing dif­fer­ent flavoured gluten free pies such as beef and chicken,’’ she said.

Honey Bee Keep­ers Southland will have a dis­play at the mar­ket, in­clud­ing a vir­tual hive and an ed­u­ca­tional ob­ser­va­tion hive.

There will be in­for­ma­tion about the de­clin­ing bee num­bers and what peo­ple can do to help that sit­u­a­tion, such as grow­ing trees for bees.

Mem­bers of the Moss­burn or­gan­is­ing group are work­ing with lo­cals to get a full range of stalls, so cus­tomers have a good range and va­ri­ety to choose from.

With the em­pha­sis on grow­ing and eat­ing lo­cal, in­clud­ing off-the­farm pro­duce, there will be honey, pack­aged pre-cooked meals, fresh meat, farm eggs and a good choice of pre­serves, jams and pick­les.

‘‘Lo­cal crafters with soaps, cheeses, salami, chil­dren’s clothes and knit­ting will sit along­side veg­etable plants and some fresh veg­eta­bles, al­though these will in­crease as sum­mer ap­proaches,’’ Yates said.

Sev­eral artists paint­ings for sale.

The lo­cal se­nior cit­i­zens’ group will have Devon­shire teas for sale inside their rooms while the stalls sell pro­duce out­side.

‘‘It is an­other way of bring­ing lo­cals to­gether, sup­port­ing the se­nior cit­i­zens and giv­ing peo­ple dif­fer­ent food choices,’’ Yates said.

‘‘There are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties of other pro­duc­ers join­ing in later if they are not able to come on the Sun­day of Labour week­end, with ideas al­ready bub­bling up for fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties around our theme.’’ ❚ Moss­burn Mar­ket day: Sun­day Oc­to­ber 22, 10am to 2pm, Moss­burn Se­nior Cit­i­zens, R.S.A Hall, Devon St. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a stall, phone 03 2486474, or email: jolind­say@xtra.co.nz will have their

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