On the third Sunday of every month for the past 12 years the town of Talbot has transformed into a vibrant village market place.
Every month farmers, bakers and gourmet product makers gather in Talbot to set up stall and await the crowds to arrive, and arrive they do, in droves.
“There is always a buzz in the air on market day, visitors love to soak up the atmosphere as they wander along the beautiful heritage streetscape bustling with market stalls.” said Marketing Officer Jayne Newgreen .
Talbot Farmers’ Market was founded in 2004 with seed funding from Victoria’s Department of Regional Development, plus a barrow load of dedication from a group of passionate locals. Their aim was to stem the demise of the small town and create a monthly event which would allow the economic and physical health of the town and its people to flourish.
“The market has always been more than a place to pick up fresh seasonal produce,” Jayne explains. “The Talbot Farmers Market provides visitors with an authentic farmers market experience with real livestock, real farmers and real community spirit.”
It is this community spirit that Market Co-Ordinator Lee Holland sees as one of the main reason for the markets’ ongoing success.
“It’s been yet another amazing year for the Talbot Famers Market.” she said.
A highlight for the Talbot Farmers Market during the year was its inclusion in an article “7 Markets you will Love to Discover in Victoria” as compiled by the Herald Sun. The Talbot Farmers’ Market was ranked in at number two, which for a tiny town of about 350 residents is a huge achievement.
“Our whole market community is thrilled to receive such wonderful recognition.” Lee said. “It’s no secret anymore, we really do have something special here in Talbot and we are looking forward to celebrating this with everyone on Sunday”
One of the many stall holders who attends the monthly market is John Wright, a local pig farmer. John has been loading up the trailer and taking his rare breed Large Black pigs to the Talbot Farmers’ Markets for almost all of the markets 12 year history.
“People are fascinated by pigs.” explains John. “The old farmers come and reminisce about the days when they had pigs on the land, and then there’s the young people who have never seen a live pig before.”
Following research into the many various breeds of pig John came across the Large Black, originating from Great Britain. “The breed is more docile, hardy and very adaptable to the outdoors” said John. Further rare breeds such as the Large Black “need to be nurtured and preserved” explains John of his decision to raise the Large Black pigs.
In celebration of the markets’ 12th anniversary milestone John will give visitors a chance to win one of his rare breed pigs this month. The winner of the “Pig Raffle” will have the choice between taking home a little piglet to raise or a young boar whose future is set to ensure the breed lives on.
John is not the only stall holder getting into the celebratory spirit, many of the markets stalls will have Anniversary Specials this month, making it a market event not to be missed.
Sunday 20th March 2016 , 9am – 1pm
Scandinavian Crescent & Camp Street, Talbot.
For further information please see the Talbot Farmers Market Facebook page www.facebook.com/talbotfarmersmarket