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Farmers & Graziers

11 June, 2021

Humble beginnings create success

“MIGHTY things from small beginnings grow.”

This quote from the poet John Dryden is right to the point as we pause to reflect on the fifth anniversary of the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market.

It’s really is remarkable to see how far we’ve come and the enormous possibilities ahead in the future.

Those who threw their support behind the market in the early days shared some recollections of that time with me at our fifth birthday market celebration.

Mary-Ann Refalo remembers that very first market day when a small collection of stalls joined with a Food Co-op from Bowen- Gumlu Growers Association to bolster the amount of produce on offer.

“It was overwhelming, there were so many people there and we really weren’t sure what to expect” she said.

“Today we’re still very much a family-run operation. We’ve learnt so much from running our regular stall at the market, and we look forward to it each week”.

Another stallholder there at the very beginning is Freckle Farm’s Deb McLucas.

“The market has been such an important space for us to build the connection between farmers and consumers in our region. It has enabled us to expand on the offering of produce and value- added goods, while supporting many local businesses to develop over the time we have been operating.”

It was Deb’s daughter Hannah, who assisted Mayor Greg Williamson to officially launch the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market in June 2016.

Back then, the market was held on Wednesday afternoons in Wood Street before relocating to the to the current site at Bluewater Quay later that year. It was great to see how packed the market was last Wednesday with stallholders and customers all helping to celebrate our five-year milestone.

Thank you also to our wonderful sponsors and staff from local Radio, Tv and Newpapers for your ongoing support.

So, what can we expect to find at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market?

Get ready to make the most of fresh Zucchini flowers, oyster mushrooms, strawberries and kale, Microgreens are also making an appearance right now, along with local honey and some delicious fresh seafood straight from our coastal waters to you.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Greater Whitsunday Food Network lunch at the St Lawrence Wetland weekend. Happy Market shopping!

By Gillian Molloy

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