The Food Forest's Annemarie and Graham Brookman report...
This October, Adelaide families will have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over South Australia at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market.
People had been thinking about an Adelaide market for some time but it was the 20,000-strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the Go Organic Festival in September last year that encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation.
Zannie Flannagan, one of the driving forces behind the genesis of the Willunga Farmers Market, all-round food expert and co-author of the Farmers Market Start-up Pack commissioned by FoodSA was appointed as coordinator of the venture. Together with the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market Committee and RAHS staff, she has both an office and physical market infrastructure well on the way. The market will open on 1 October and will run each Sunday, apart from the weeks of the Royal Show, from 9am-1pm.
In the tradition of farmers markets it will be a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA.
The Showgrounds location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Showgrounds parking and other major infrastucture will be available and the delightful 'Dairy Lawn' and associated 'tin dairy' will provide a characterful site for the market.
Becoming a member brings with it 10 per cent discount on all purchases as well as contributing to the market's management costs. You'll get your $55 membership contribution back quickly both in satisfaction and discounts.
To become a member or a stallholder, download the info from the Farmers Market website: http://www.asfm.org.au
Annemarie and Graham Brookman operate The Food Forest, a mixed-cropping, commercial farm that demonstrates sustainable agriculture and the design principles of Permaculture. The farm is not far from Adelaide. The Brookmans offer a range of Permaculture and other courses at the farm. Information: http://foodforest.com.au/