Two years fly by for lo­cal fes­ti­val

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

ON the eve of the sec­ond birth­day of the Myrtle­ford Farm­ers Mar­ket, co­or­di­na­tor Franca Nor­ris says its ad­di­tion has ben­e­fited the whole Alpine Shire.

“It’s been phe­nom­e­nal and we (the Alpine Shire) are be­com­ing such a big food bowl, there is only about two Vic­to­rian Farm­ers’ Mar­kets As­so­ci­a­tion mar­kets that have as many pri­mary pro­duc­ers so we are so for­tu­nate,” she said.

“We have had the op­por­tu­nity to give our pro­duc­ers that real en­cour­age­ment and chance to have peo­ple come from far and wide to try what they have to of­fer.

She said the re­sponse and feed­back from lo­cal farm­ers over the two years had been ex­tremely pos­i­tive.

“They love it, they get a real buzz,” she said

“I love deal­ing with the farm­ers and get­ting peo­ple to come and love what they do, it’s a chance for peo­ple to come straight up to their farm­ers, have a re­la­tion­ship with them and miss that mid­dle man.

“A lo­cal farmer bounces off peo­ple ap­pre­ci­at­ing their food, hav­ing a chat and re­ally tak­ing an in­ter­est in their life­styles.”

Ms Nor­ris said credit had to go to TAFCO who had done “all the hard yards” in lift­ing the Farm­ers Mar­ket off the ground since its inception in 2016.

TAFCO sec­re­tary Kerry Mur­phy said the mar­ket was lo­cated per­fectly in Myrtle­ford, at­tract­ing flow through traf­fic on the road to and from Bright and the ski re­sorts in win­ter.

She said it should only con­tinue to go from strength to strength.

“We are al­ways in­ter­ested in new stall own­ers,” Ms Mur­phy said.

“We have strict rules in who can and can’t come but we cer­tainly have a few spots, it’s an event that’s been very well sup­ported by the com­mu­nity and tourists.

“It’s cer­tainly at­tract­ing peo­ple to the town and mak­ing peo­ple stop as they pass through.”

This week­end the Myrtle­ford Play­ground and Toy Li­brary will at­tend the mar­ket and put on break­fast with fam­i­lies and chil­dren en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Ms Nor­ris said there will also be baby goats there for the kids and that “Mr Mush­room” would be do­ing the food pre­sen­ta­tions.

“It will be a fairly big mar­ket even though it’s sort of the tail end of the win­ter, all of our stall hold­ers are raring to go,” she said.

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Read More­land and Steve North from Three Mile Kitchen pic­tured with co­or­di­na­tor Franca Nor­ris have had a pres­ence at the Myrtle­ford Farm­ers Mar­ket.

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