Thanks to market founder Michelle Martin and her enthusiastic and hard-working team the idea grew legs.
After three years of fundraising, building awareness, developing the model and securing accreditation, it finally became a reality two years ago.
The rest, as they say is history. It is now a regular fixture on the local calendar, bringing fresh regional and seasonal produce to Bendigo in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Market manager Brierly Drummond said the market provides a chance to catch up with friends, enjoy a coffee or a snack, chat to the local producers and connect with
your food before selecting gorgeous produce and wine.
Each market showcases local chefs and food aficionados on the recently dedicated Michelle Martin Community Stage.
This month, Annabelle, one of two local entrants in the Junior Masterchef series, will be demonstrating pork and apple skewers.
“We’re celebrating our second birthday this Saturday, April 14 from 9am to1pm, in our usual spot
at Sidney Myer Place next to Rosalind Park,”
volunteer market co-ordinator Jodi Duivenvoorden, said.
“There will be cake made by Maria, one of our stallholders, as well as a talented juggler, a treasure hunt for the kids, cooking demonstrations, and of course, all the beautiful produce usually on offer.
“Come down and help us celebrate.”
Other regular producers at the market this week include A&B Trees who will have winter seedlings, including cavolo nero, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, silverbeet, brussel sprouts, and lettuce.
April will be A&B Trees’ last market until Spring.
Camboer Goat Meat is confirmed as an ongoing stallholder and will be coming this month and many more to come.
Sue and Andy from Growing Green are back with their beautiful native flowers, and plan to stay until September.
Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens will have freshly-picked plums, Packham pears and apples (Fuji and Snow).
The Farmer and The Chef will be bringing
back their yummy pumpkin soup-in-a-cup this month.
The Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market is held on the second Saturday of every month.
– Vicki Harrington