🧑‍🌾 It’s our 9th birthday 👩🏼‍🌾🎉💥🥁

April sees us celebrating our 9th birthday. I can barely believe that it was nine years ago – April 2011 – that we first opened the market to the public. This followed more than two years of planning, submissions and lots of work by a very dedicated team to bring the market to fruition.  

Our celebration this year will not take place at the market in our regular flamboyant way ending with cake for all. This year it will be a virtual celebration throughout the month of April. On Facebook, Instagram and our weekly Newsletter we will be celebrating our hard working farmers and producers and thanking all our customers – some of whom have been with us from the very first market. Without our wonderful community – producers and consumers – together supporting one another – we simply would not be able to continue. And CONTINUE we MUST especially right now.

Jean - one of our original shoppers who was a local cook at the time and also running classes in her commercial kitchen and now is a teacher. 👩🏼‍🌾🙏
More of our wonderful shoppers right from the first week. 🙏🧑‍🌾

Please help us to reach our 10th year celebration in April 2021 by being 100% compliant with the social distancing rule and no group gatherings PLEASE. Unfortunately we need to ask that there are no family groupings.  We don’t want any misunderstanding resulting in us being shut down. Perception right now is everything. We usually encourage you to linger and enjoy our music, the beautiful market ambience and delicious food but right now we respectfully ask that you SHOP & GO. 

It is more important than ever that we strictly adhere to the government decree about our social distancing behaviour during the COVID-19 lockdown as some markets have already been shut down.   Our signs are here to help and remind us all. 

Please help us to reach our 10th year celebration in April 2021 by being 100% compliant with the social distancing rule and no group gatherings PLEASE. Unfortunately we need to ask that there are no family groupings.  We don’t want any misunderstanding resulting in us being shut down. Perception right now is everything.

One hen practising social distancing (escaping a goanna) like we are escaping COVID-19

Our farmers have a pretty comprehensive planting regime that has its peaks and lows and coming into autumn and during autumn it is an extremely busy time. They have been preparing their soil for lots of successive planting and now it is well and truly underway – in fact it has been for quite a few weeks. Have you noticed some very tired faces at the market? This type of farming is constant – always preparing seed raising and planting out but – believe it or not –  there is even more to do right now with varieties of vegies being planted as we approach the peak growing season for our market gardeners. The top photo is of Summit Organic’s ute delivering their seedlings – from their greenhouses to the elevated site where most of their diverse leafy greens, herbs and winter vegies are grown. Their days are often very long. 

Bio Organic Farm has been busy planting their key crops in their vastly extended range of greenhouses whilst picking from others. This is how they maintain the continuity of their produce – week after week after week. Here are some 3,500 tomato and cherry tomato 🍅 plants 🌱 being planted as their winter crop in the security of their greenhouse. .

Of course picking sometimes brings special moments or hazards – as the photo shows??? 

Especially delicious right now is freshly harvested green ginger at Summit Organics.  It is so very juicy. Ginger dug up early tends to be less fibrous and more juicy than after flowering. Many of us wait until spring maybe hoping for a bigger root but Summit Organic’s was so fresh and juicy I have been inspired to pick earlier. 😋 .