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Our member-designed accreditation program underpins our promise that you're supporting genuine farmers and producers when you shop at accredited farmers' markets. Look out for the accreditation signs at markets and on stalls.
friends of the VFMA, october 31 2019
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news from across our network:
farmers' market prices

When the article on the left was published on October 16 and again on the 22nd, it was hurtful to read the negative comments that proliferated.  Over time we noticed more support for farmers and farmers' markets appearing in the comments.  That helped a lot when it came time to write our response.  If you were involved in that support, thank you so much.  An especial thank you to Mary who wrote to the editor of The Age in response to the article!

Since our response was published on Tuesday, the support, shares and comments on our facebook page and on the article on Good Food's facebook page have been growing and spreading.  The original article gave us a reason to take our concerns about perceptions of price and what it means for farmers and our food system out to the wider public.  If you've been part of sharing it already, thank you!  If you haven't read it - here's the link!

new accredited farmers' market: welcome to mt martha!


Mt Martha Farmers’ Market is a monthly market held at Mt Martha House Community Centre and Parade Lawn on the 1st Saturday of the month, starting 2nd November from 8.30am-12.30pm.

This is being complemented by a MINI Market known as ‘Mt Martha Farmers’ and Community Twilight Market’ held at Mt Martha House on the 3rd Friday of the month, beginning on 15th November from 3pm-7pm, from Nov-March.

Offering both markets delivers a fortnightly option for the community to purchase fresh, seasonal produce direct from local farmers and producers, thus encouraging food purchasing habits that enable those who grow our food to connect with those who eat it, whilst receiving a fair price for their food.

These markets are being delivered by environmental not-for-profit, Sustainable Table, in partnership with the community. This has been made possible through the generous support of the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project community grants initiative. 

direct from our farmers this week:
garlic shoots, lettuce and chicory, Hass avocadoes


Garlic shoots:  Fill cravings for spicy garlic flavours with the first of the garlic stems from Weyhill Garlic Farm.  These squeaky fresh stalks resemble leeks but are finer in texture – sliced raw into coleslaw they wake up the palate!  Find them at Veg Out, Kingston and Flemington.

Lettuces and chicories: The soil is warming up at Thriving Foods Farm in Gippsland and their early-season leafy greens and tender lettuces are really taking off.  Choose from elegant chicories or buttery lettuces for your greens this week.  They’ll be at Coburg, Alphington and Eltham.

Hass avocadoes: Recently spotted on the Kingfisher Citrus stall are the first harvests of their Hass avocadoes.  A quick chat will net you some to eat soon and others to ripen slowly according to your week’s menu – just ask one of the staff.  Catch them at Coburg, Veg Out, Woodend, Alphington, Swan Hill and Eltham. 

have you been to:
Carlton Farmers' Market?

Carlton Farmers’ Market
Corner of Canning, Lee and O’Grady Streets
Carlton 

Saturday 2nd of November

8am-1pm

Gold Coin Donation

Whether you’re heading out of town for the long weekend or staying local, a trip to Carlton Farmers’ Market is on the agenda. This month we welcome back strawberries from Benny’s Berries, asparagus from Cloud Produce, artisan butter from Lard Ass plus all of your staple meat, veg, fruit and egg stall holders.  With One Bean will be slinging the lattes, pastries from Q Le Baker and The Village Bakery plus cheese toasties from Milawa cheese will keep you well fed. This weekend, put Victoria on the table!
 

connecting you directly with Victorian farmers:
accredited farmers' markets this week
31 Oct -7 Nov

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