Talbot Farmers’ Market Has A Barrow Load to Celebrate
Talbot’s hugely successful farmers market will host a, special market event this Sunday in celebration of it’s 13th anniversary market.
On the third Sunday of the month for the past 13 years the town of Talbot has transformed into a vibrant village market place. In the early hours of the morning farmers, bakers and gourmet product makers gather in Talbot to set up stall over 80 stalls 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 the markets Marketing Officer Jayne Newgreen.
Talbot Farmers’ Market was founded in 2004 with a barrow load of dedication from a group of passionate locals and seed seed funding from Victoria’s Department of Regional Development. The 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 shop for fresh seasonal produce,” Jayne explains. “It is a place for locals to catch up with one another and people from further afield to visit and experience an authentic country farmers market 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. “We have a small but dedicated committee and a great bunch of locals that volunteer with all the ‘behind the scenes jobs’ such as the set up and pack down on market day each month.” “That said, we can always use an extra set of hands on market day, so we encourage anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch!”
For many a chance to win the unique and quirky Barrow Raffle is a highlight of each farmers’ market day. Every month the purple wheelbarrow is loaded with produce and products donated by the markets generous stall holders, at 12:30pm the raffle is drawn and one lucky ticker holder wins the entire contents of the wheelbarrow, estimated at over $250 worth in products.
“Every month we are asked if the wheelbarrow is included in the raffle.” says Jayne. “We have to explain that the prize is the entire contents of the Barrow but unfortunately does not include the wheelbarrow itself”
This month however, in celebration of the markets 13th anniversary, the farmers market committee will donate a brand new wheelbarrow to be part of the prize along with all of the wonderful produce and products donated by stall holders.
Funds raised through the Barrow Raffle go towards the ongoing running costs of the market and back into the local community. Over the past year the Talbot Farmers Market has made donations to the Maryborough SES, Talbot Action Inc and the Talbot Primary School.
The extra special Barrow Raffle is just one reason to get along to this months farmers’ market this Sunday, many of the markets 80 stalls will also have anniversary specials, making it a market event not to be missed.
Sunday 19th March 2017 , 9am – 1pm
Scandinavian Crescent & Camp Street, Talbot.
Barrow Raffle tickets are available from the purple Information Marquee in front of London House on Scandinavian Crescent, the raffle is drawn at 12:30pm each market day.