ON THE third Saturday of each month, around 25 stallholders bring their best quality local produce to the Prom Country Farmers’ Market. The market is held from 8am to 12 noon in the grounds of the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, and this Saturday’s market will be an extra special one.
For a start, there will be a new producer at the market. Waratah North artist and craftsman Trevor Wheeler will be bringing along some gardening tools as well as a range of functional and decorative hooks. Trevor has made these items by hand from recycled and found materials in his blacksmithing workshop, focusing on durability, function and beauty.
The garden tools include a style of hoe/mattock that was introduced to this district by a Swedish blacksmith between the wars last century. Made of quality spring steel and using local or recycled timber for handles, the ‘Peterson hoe’ is a long lasting and effective tool that can now continue to be treasured by generations of gardeners. Have a chat to Trevor about his beautifully crafted pieces this weekend.
The market committee is also excited to once again have a dedicated egg producer. Ian and Trish Miller will be joining the market from their new venture in Koonwarra.
Making this market an extra special one will be the chance to meet a sporting great or two, as some of the 200 plus participants of Daniher’s Drive, including Neale Daniher AM himself, roll up at 11am. The former Essendon player and coach is going all out to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and accelerate the battle to find a cure for the disease, with which he was diagnosed in 2013. Daniher’s Drive is a four-day road trip from Melbourne to the north-east and back through Gippsland. After Saturday night at a fundraiser in Sale, Daniher’s Drive will stop in at Foster for morning tea (provided in the hall for the group from 11 to 11.45am) before heading to Inverloch for lunch. They’re looking forward to checking out the farmers’ market. Look out for Neale Daniher and other sporting greats including Simon Madden, Clint Bizzell, David Neitz and Guy Rigoni – to name a few. Pose for a happy snap with one of your heroes, grab an autograph, and be sure to bring along a gold coin or two to support the Cure for MND Foundation.