Farmers market one step closer
QUEENSLAND Farmers Markets and Enterprise Whitsundays (EW) are testing the waters to see what consumers want from a local produce market in the region.
The community survey was launched yesterday with a mini market at the Whitsunday Gold coffee plantation to give growers and shoppers a taste - quite literally- of what a farmers market in the Whitsundays would be like.
There were Berkshire pigs, freshly roasted coffee, cakes, fruit and vegetables and all sorts of locally made produce.
EW project manager Claire Dulieu has been working on the idea of a farmers market for 12 months and said she was excited with the way it was progressing.
She said now it was up to the community to have their say.
"We are going to do this once and we want to do it right," she said,
"This is the community’s opportunity to say if they want a market and where they want it.
Ms Dulieu said the beauty of the project was that it allowed all sorts of producers to get involved with EW’s guidance.
"Even if you have always made jams in your kitchen at home and give them to your friends but want to take it that step further, we can help with that," she said.
"Each town needs to fight for this if they want it in their town."
Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach are all contenders for hosts of the market.
Calen citrus grower Karen Higgins supplies to Airlie Beach and Mackay.
She said she couldn’t wait to get involved in the market.
"We don’t send any of our produce away," she said.
"It is just what the area needs.
"I don’t see why the produce should go all the way down south and then come back up here.
"I firmly believe in local produce for local people."
The survey is a simple questionnaire to allow you to have a say on where you would like the market and when you would like it to be held.
You can fill out the survey on page 18 of the Whitsunday Times today.