AFTER many wet and cold months, the Prom Country Farmers’ Market last Saturday at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre was at its sunny best with a big spring boost in visitor numbers.
A special Farmers’ Market 3rd Birthday celebration was held, with the highlight being cooking demonstrations throughout the morning by students involved in the kitchen garden program at Foster Primary School, led by kitchen specialist Kim Albert.
The students’ recipes at the market made use of stallholders’ donated seasonal fresh food as well as items from the school’s garden. Students were kept busy offering delicious tastings to the appreciative crowd and stallholders. Many recipes were handed out along with produce gift vouchers donated by stallholders during the morning. Numerous visitors congratulated the participants on the excellent cooking presentation.
The Foster Primary School is part of the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program that demonstrates the growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing philosophy.
Congratulations to dedicated volunteers Janne and Graham at the Farmers’ Market BBQ stall that has now raised almost $2,000 towards equipping the Yooralla kitchen and various other related projects. Young adults of Yooralla now have a successful catering business.
Stallholder numbers at the market have been increasing in recent months and a variety of local producers will be returning in the coming months. Last Saturday’s additional stalls included Ian Sandiford’s Hazelnuts, Cara’s Spices, Julie’s Cakes and Grand Ridge Brewery. Next month’s produce will see new season’s potatoes and blueberries.
The next monthly Prom Country Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 18 December (8am to 12 noon) and will have a Christmas celebration with shopper raffles being held throughout the morning. As a thank you to customers, vouchers from participating stallholders will be given away in lucky draws. With luck, Father Christmas will have time to visit.
The Prom Country Farmers’ Market is always seeking new and different local seasonal produce to add to the market mix. If you would like to join this friendly monthly community event contact the stallholder coordinator, Juneen Schulz, tel. 0427 809 509.