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