01 Sep

Spring 2017

Experience Spring at the Farmers Market

The tiny town of Talbot boasts an authentic country farmers’ market experience, with real livestock, real produce, real farmers and real community spirit.  On market day the town centre is closed to passing traffic, the streets are lined with market stalls and the whole town becomes a vibrant village marketplace.

1000’s of visitors flock to Talbot to wander the beautiful heritage village and explore over 80 regional produce and artisan food stalls, offering seasonal fruit and organic vegetables, local milk, artisan cheese, fresh bread, regional wine, gourmet oils, delicious delicacies and more.  In true country farmers’ market style visitors to Talbot will also find farm animals, stockfeed, cut flowers, plants and seedlings.

Live music can be heard in streets along with cheerful greetings from friends and stallholders as they pass each other on their monthly visit to the farmers’ market.  First stop for many is to one of the coffee vendors before setting off to fill their shopping bags with groceries, then to forage for a yummy breakfast and lunch in the open air food court.

A highlight of any visit to the Talbot Farmers’ Market is the chance to win the famous Barrow Raffle.  Each month the purple wheelbarrow is wheeled through the crowds by market volunteers collecting produce and gourmet products, all kindly donated by the stall holders. The raffle is drawn at 12:30pm on market day and one lucky ticket holder takes home the entire contents of the barrow, whilst all ticket sale proceeds go towards the ongoing running costs of the farmers’ market and to support local community groups.

Talbot Railway Station Nursery

In season: Spring is a busy time in the nursery, more people get out into the garden as the weather warms up and they are looking to purchase new season seedlings and plants.  The warmer weather and longer days mean the plants grow quicker so there is a faster turn around between planting the seed or striking the cutting and having the plant ready to sell.

About Talbot Railway Station Nursery: Each month Ralph pushes his plant cart from his nursery at the nearby Talbot Railway Station to set up stall on Scandinavian Crescent, in the heart of the farmers’ market.  Here he sells a range of drought hardy plants including many varieties of suculants.  Ralph strikes many of his plants from cuttings which are hardy and well suited to local conditions.  Ralph is a wealth of information and many regular market goers make a stop at Ralph’s stall to seek advice and chat about particular plants and their gardens.

Inglenook Dairy

In season: Milk, Cream & NEW product Yogurt

Spring time sees an increase in milk production as the days get longer, warmer and more grass grows. More milk means more work in the dairy to process all the milk.  All the milk is required to be pasteurised, this is done by passing the milk through tubes to 76C, held at that temperature for 15 seconds, before chilled to 3.2C. Some products are homogenised and  some run through a separator.  In total their daily production is about 1000 litres of full-cream unhomogenised milk, 3000 litres full-cream homogenised milk, 2500 litres low-fat milk and 200 litres of cream.

About Inglenook Dairy:  Inglenook Dairy is a family owned business established in 2011 by Troy and Rachel Peterken.  Rachael’s grandmother first settled on the farm in the early 1900s. with six cows and no land and grew it to 20 cows and 20 acres.  The Inglenook Dairy farm, located in Dunnstown near Ballarat, now runs about 250 cows on 400ha.

Inglenook Dairy have been attending the Talbot Farmers Market for over three years selling coffee, milkshakes and their own fresh milk and cream direct from the farm dairy.  Just recently they have began producing their own yoghurt product which is proving very popular with customers.    Visitors to Talbot love that Inglenook Dairy offer an unhomogenised milk which has the ‘cream top’ they remember milk having from their childhood.

Aside from running their own coffee stall at the Talbot Farmers Market, Troy & Rachael of Inglenook Dairy supply to many local cafes and their milk is highly regarded by baristas.  Care is taken on the farm to ensure the correct level of proteins and fats are present in the milk, as if the protein isn’t 3 per cent as a minimum it won’t froth as desired for making coffee.  This is done through careful grazing on a mixed pasture of canola, clover and rye grasses and supplementary feed if required.

Spring time at the Talbot Farmers Market is an exciting time as we emerge from the winter chill and embrace all that the new season has to offer.  As the weather warms up both plants and animals spring to life, it is a time to get out in the garden and get planting and to enjoy the bounty of fresh produce the season brings.

The Talbot Farmers Market is held on the third Sunday every month, Scandinavian Crescent and Camp Street Talbot, from 9am until 1pm.

30 Sep

Barrow Raffle Supports Local SES

Barrow Raffle Supports Local SES

On the third Sunday of every month, local volunteers John and Lindsay manoeuver a bright purple wheelbarrow through the crowded streets of the Talbot Farmers Market

They are collecting donated produce and products from each of the markets stallholders to go towards the famous monthly Barrow Raffle.  “Our stall holders are fantastic” says Marketing Officer Jayne Newgreen.  “Not only are they extremely generous with their donations to the Barrow Raffle each month, they are really friendly and provide the market with an inviting community atmosphere”.

Just after midday the crowds gather in front of London House, raffle tickets in hand, hoping to be the lucky winner.  While there is only one lucky raffle ticket holder each market the Barrow Raffle gives so much more, to the farmers market, the stall holders and the local community.

The Barrow Raffle provides stall holders an opportunity to showcase their products and the Farmers Market an opportunity to raise important funds to cover its ongoing running costs and put back into the local community.

Over the years Talbot Farmers Market has donated monies raised to local community groups as a token of appreciation for having the market literally take over the town each month, and to support the good work of others in the community.  Recipients of these funds in the past have been the Talbot CFA, Talbot Medical Car and the Talbot Primary School RACV Energy Breakthrough.

On the third Sunday in August, Talbot Farmers Market president Lindsay Hazelman and vice-president John Wright presented a $500 cheque to Maryborough SES Unit Controller Jesse Wright, recognising the great work that the group does for the local community at times of need.

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VicSES) works to ensure the safety of Victorian communities by responding to emergencies and disasters across the state.  Just last week, as the wild weather and heavy rainfall hit our region, the Maryborough SES was called out to assist at a home in Talbot that was experiencing inundation.

The Talbot Farmers Market decision to donate to this worthy cause was, in part due to recent changes to funding for the Maryborough SES, which has seen the local shire council withdraw their part of the subsidy.  This subsidy had been provided to the SES and relied upon for many years.  In fact, during his more than 35 years with the SES, Jesse could not recall a time that they were not supported by the local shire.

“There is always a need to upgrade and maintain equipment and vehicles”  said Jesse, appreciative of the much needed funds.  Without the local shire council subsidies the Maryborough SES is in danger of having to dip into their savings which are reserved for major equipment upgrades.  Donations such as that received by the Talbot Farmers Market help to ease the pressure on these funds.

“Its a pleasure to be able to give back where we can.” explains Jayne. “We would love to see visitors pick up a Barrow Raffle ticket each time they visit the market.  There is a chance they may win the entire contents of the Barrow, but for certain they will be contributing to the ongoing success of the market and supporting our local community.”

20 Mar


A Vibrant Village Market Celebrates 12 Years

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

11 Mar

Farmers’ Market Set to Celebrate!

Farmers’ Market Set to Celebrate

The town of Talbot will burst into life once again on Sunday 15th of March as the hugely popular Talbot Farmers’ Market celebrates it’s 11th anniversary market.

For over a decade farmers, bakers, makers and growers have gathered on the third Sunday of every month to set up stall in the beautiful heritage precinct of Talbot.  From near and far visitors descend upon Talbot, friends and families stroll the streets together, shopping bags slung over their shoulders ready to be filled with fresh locally grown goodies and gourmet products direct from producers.

“The Talbot Farmers’ Market was founded over a decade ago with seed funding from Victoria’s Department of Regional Development, plus financial and in-kind contributions from local businesses and individuals.” explains Jayne Newgreen, Marketing Officer.  “This together with a barrow load of dedication and energy from a group of passionate locals brought the first market to life in March of 2004.”  “We are really excited to recognise their hard work and celebrate the ongoing success of the market.”

One of the founding group that brought the market to life is Tiffany Titshall.  A fine artist, designer and passionate foodie Tiffany’s contribution to the markets success ranged from early mornings setting up roadside signs to designing the markets beautiful artichoke logo, which has become synonymous with the Talbot Farmers’ Market.  “I visit Talbot Farmers’ Market every month,” says Tiffany.  “I never miss coffee and yum cha whilst picking up fresh veg and bread.  I love to take weekend guests to the market. The town charms them and the size and quality of the market surprises them”.

“I love the atmosphere of the market – the music, the people and the variety of stalls.” Tiffany goes on to say.  “As a designer I particularly appreciate the attention to detail, quality and style that new food producers present in their branding, and to see that flanked with straw, chooks and veg straight from the soil in the back of a truck is the best of everything to me”.

Reflecting on how the market has changed over the past 11 years Tiffany says  “The market has certainly evolved.  It has grown and spread along Talbot’s streets and the crowds have followed.  I am proud of the role I played when I see the market flourishing.  I am always looking forward to what’s on offer next month”.

The ongoing success and longevity of the Talbot Farmers’ Market can be attributed to many factors, including the passionate local volunteers who work tirelessly to make the market happen each month together with two part-time employees who co-ordinate and promote the market.  The market would not be possible without the customers who choose to come along and support local farmers and of course the passionate producers, who attend the market every month with their produce proudly presented on the market stall tables.

Long time stall holder Frank sells stone-fruit, tomatoes, grapes and cherries seasonally at the market and while he could sell all of his produce at the farm gate he still chooses to attend the Talbot Farmers’ Market when the fruit is in season.  “My customers wouldn’t let me get away with not attending the market” says Frank with a smile on his face, giving you the impression he would miss catching up with old friends and customers as much as they would miss buying his fruit.
“A day at the Talbot Farmers’ Market is not complete without picking up a raffle ticket for your chance to win the popular ‘Barrow Raffle’,” says Lee Holland, the markets Co-Ordinator.  The wheel barrow overflows each month with produce and products, kindly donated by the stall holders.  John Wright sells his rare breed Large Black pigs at the market and will this month donate a pig to the hugely popular Pig Raffle. Raffle tickets are just $2 each and are available from the information marquee in front of London House on Scandinavian Crescent.
To complete the vibrant village atmosphere live music is played in the streets on market day, this month local musician Kim Ritchie will entertain the crowds.   Although blind since birth, through her passion for singing and enjoyment in sharing her love of music with others Kim has become a very accomplished entertainer.

Come along to Talbot on Sunday 15th of March (9am -1pm) and share in the celebration of the milestone market day!

For further information please see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/talbotfarmersmarket



20 Mar

Jams, Pigs & Cake in the Crescent

Jams, Pigs & Cake in the Crescent

This months Talbot Farmers’ Market offered a few more jams than usual, as thousands of people packed the historic streets of Talbot to celebrate the Markets’ 10th anniversary celebrations on Sunday.

The tiny town of Talbot came alive with the sounds of local musician Kim Ritchie singing in the street and sharing her humorous quick wit between songs and also a series of short ‘Meet the Farmer’ talks drawing a crowd.

A busker all the way from Melbourne played around the corner in Camp Street pleasing crowds with his guitar skill and stunning songs.  Many stopped to listen, quickly realising he was in fact Ross Hannaford, a band member of “Daddy Cool” fame.

Stall holders lined Scandinavian Crescent and spilled down Camp Street with many offering 10th anniversary specials.  Market goers with calico shopping bags over their shoulders strolled the streets enjoying offerings of food, wine and organic beer tasting while filling their bags with purchases of fresh produce and local gourmet delicacies.

Both the Barrow Raffle and Pig Raffle tickets were in demand with market goers vying for a chance to win one of the many prizes on offer, such as luxury overnight accommodation at Chesterfield House in Talbot, hampers of market stall product, gift vouchers for local eateries and of course the renowned ‘Barrow’ overflowing with Market goodies.  All prizes kindly donated by stallholders and local business go to show the great level of support the Talbot Farmers’ Market receives from its local community.

The Barrow Raffle was won by an ecstatic Melbourne resident Leanne Simmons, who enjoys staying in the local area.  “The market has such a wonderful atmosphere and it’s a great event to enjoy whilst visiting Central Victoria,” Mrs Simmons said.  Leanne visited the market with her daughter Prue Simmons, who owns a sustainable property White Stone Farm, in nearby Clunes.  The Talbot Market offers a fantastic opportunity for Prue to buy vegetables that they don’t grow at White Stone Farm. “I love coming to the market – it’s a social event, a chance to catch up with other local producers and buy veggies that we don’t grow,” Ms Simmons said. “One day we hope to be able to sell our goods at this thriving and vibrant market!”

Three little pigs were raffled in the Markets popular Pig Raffle with each winner being absolutely thrilled to have their ticket drawn from the bucket.  Wendy Aston of Ballarat was very excited to have won one of the pigs. “It was a really great and successful day, a real credit to the Talbot Farmers’ Market and winning a piglet just topped it off!” said Wendy of her win.  Wendy is going to have a friend join her on the new adventure of pig ownership, they will buy another pig as a companion and keep the two pigs on a farm just outside of Ballarat.  Here they will roam free range in a grassy paddock and be well looked after with a straw lined house, shelter trees and space to wallow in.  John Wright of Ragin’ Pigs will guide Wendy and the other winners through the steps of pig ownership and has offered to always be on call for support if required.  John cares greatly about his free range rare breed black pigs and is happy to see the pigs going to three new caring homes.

The Talbot Farmers’ Market information and raffle marquee in front of London House was adorned with balloons for the kids and a cake made by Bryce’s Bistrot to celebrate the milestone event.  The cake was cut by Tiffany Titshall, one of the team of dedicated locals who founded the Market a decade ago.  Following which an impromptu song of Happy Birthday was sung by Lindsay Hazelman with many in the street joining in.

The day concluded with many stallholders having sold out of fresh produce and smiles on the faces of market goers having experienced yet another enjoyable day at the Talbot Farmers’ Market.