Calls to support markets
New management encourages fresh produce:
NEW managers at the Currimundi Country Markets are bringing stallholders back in droves and the market has a new lease on life.
Banana stallholder Lindsay Wheeler, whose Montville hobby farm supplies his produce, decided to take on the management role alongside produce farmer Peter Gentle and book stallholder Bob Cave.
“It was getting really low and the morale wasn’t great so … we were going to lose all our livelihoods if it closed,” Mr Wheeler said.
He and Mr Gentle agreed to forgo any management fees to make sure the markets got running again.
“It’s purely to get the markets running and humming again like it used to be,” Mr Wheeler said.
It now costs only $15 for a casual stall site, and the number of stalls had already increased.
“Every week we’ve gained more stalls,” he said.
“We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls and interest, and we seem to be getting more customers although that can be a bit hard to tell.”
Marketgoer and Dicky Beach resident Carolyn Giovannetti said since moving to the Sunshine Coast three years ago the farmers’ market at Currimundi had become a favourite Sunday outing.
“Sadly in those three years I have seen the market diminish with less stallholders and less visitors,” she said.
“The bananas, locally grown are amazing. The fresh free range eggs often have double yolks and are delicious.” Ms Giovannetti urged local residents to support the new managers and returning stallholders by doing their shopping at the market.
Currimundi Country Market is open 7am-noon every Sunday at Currimundi State School.
OFF TO MARKET: Currimundi Country Market manager Lorelle Warner with some fresh produce.
CURRIMUNDI COUNTRY MARKET: Montville farmer Lindsay Wheeler and market manager Lorelle Warner with some fresh produce.