Calls to sup­port mar­kets

New man­age­ment en­cour­ages fresh pro­duce:

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

CUR­RIMUNDI COUN­TRY MAR­KET: Montville farmer Lind­say Wheeler and mar­ket man­ager Lorelle Warner with some fresh pro­duce.

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