Home' Grower : November 2009 Contents Markets
The South Australian Grower -- November 2009
By LINDA BOUCHER
Riverland Farmers' Market
THE Riverland Farmers' Market sets itself
apart from many other farmers' markets
across Australia by offering the public an
indoor and outdoor experience.
The convenience of such a facility not
only allows us to provide locals and
visitors with somewhere to do their
shopping, but also a place to meet for
breakfast with friends and family while
enjoying a vibrant atmosphere all year
The market, held each Saturday morning
at the Berri Senior Citizens' centre, just
won the 2009 Riverland Tourism Award
for Best Tourist Attraction.
Established in 2006, the market aims to
provide local growers and food
processors with a place to sell their goods
direct to the public and near their source
of origin, creating benefits to growers, the
environment and the local community.
The market provides the community with
a greater understanding of local produce
and the environment, and helps the public
make healthy lifestyle choices by
providing them with the freshest and best
quality produce grown in the region.
The average number of stall holders varies
between 18 and 24 each week, depending
on the season. Stallholders include citrus,
fresh cut flowers and vegetable growers.
Value-added products include bakery
items, Indian cuisine, olive oils, honey,
eggs, teas, lavender soaps, Greek sweets,
emu meat, fresh fish and Italian goodies.
We coordinate a cooperative stall each
week for the convenience of stall holders
not able to attend and to provide
continuity at the market week in week out
for the public.
The drought has had an affect on the area
and some stall holders with no water have
had to pull out. We are currently seeking
more vegetable and citrus growers to
support the market.
About 400 shoppers come to the market
each week, and this number goes up
during school holidays, special events and
public holidays to as many as 1,200.
Events at the market include cooking
demonstrations by guest celebrity chefs,
special ethnic cooking shows by our stall
holders, holiday events, cooking
demonstrations with the latest appliances,
taste testing, recipe ideas, kids' activities
and a kids' culinary corner.
Live entertainment is provided by local
artists, giving them a platform to promote
The market also supports local charities
and fundraising events.
Details: Linda Boucher 08 8582 4864, river-
Market variety means
something for everyone Berri at best for
Loxton locals Jill Fogden, from Jilly's Produce, and Barb
Swanson, BJ's Produce, team up and share a stall selling
sauces, pickles, jams and condiments.
Sara Altman and her
father James, from
Loxton, with a dazzling
display of tomatoes.
Catherine Higgins, from Lyrup, mans the cooperative stall
where growers can display their goods for sale. Illalangi's
extensive range of olive products were a popular feature.
Assaggio Ristorante chef Camillo
Crugnale whipped up a treat for an
Phil Sims, of Riverland Dried Fruits,
Renmark, with his delicious dried
apricots, nectarines and pears.
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