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friends of the VFMA, october 17 2019
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news from across our network:
getting curious about eggs

The newsletter is late tonight because I just got off the phone from one of our eggscellent producers who was telling me that they've run their numbers and, for this young family to receive a living wage, they need to sell their pastured free range eggs (stocking density 300 birds per hectare) for $8 for a dozen.  Less than that and their income is below the Newstart allowance.

At some markets customers cheerfully tell them that they can buy free range eggs (stocking density maximum 10000 birds per hectare) much cheaper at $3 a dozen.  My heart sank to hear how disheartened this farmer was. 

So may I ask that we all get curious about the reasons behind such enormous price differences - after all, it's unlikely that farmers are trying to price themselves out of the market, don't you think?

direct from our producers this week:
tomato seedlings, asparagus and cider

Tomato seedlings:  The Mushroom Shed in Eltham has raised another diverse crop of healthy tomato plants – they’re too big to be called seedlings! Transplant deep into soil for a strong plant – choose Grosse Lise or Rouge de Marmande, perhaps, at Eltham or Flemington.
Asparagus season: Family farmers the Jonellas specialise in growing asparagus in Spring and sweetcorn in Summer. Asparagus grows quickly so they’re harvesting all hours of the day to bring fresh spears to the markets – they’ll be at Gasworks with crates full on Saturday.
Farm cider: Darraweit Valley Cider will be at Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market this Sunday. Cider apples are grown and pressed on farm to make a range of ciders – try the hopped apple brew.  It’s sparkling and very light in colour with a sweet apple flavour that finishes dry.

have you been to:
Malmsbury Village Farmers' Market?

Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market
Mollison Street
9am – 1pm,
Sunday October 20
Free entry
Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market is the newest accredited market in the Macedon Ranges, showcasing local producers from the region.  Get in early for lamb from Tupping Lamb, farmed a few kilometres away.  Fill the basket with flowers picked that morning from Belle Ame flower farm in neighbouring Drummond.  Stock up on fresh free range eggs from The Good Life Farm Co. in Kyneton.   There’s plenty to eat at the market when the shopping’s done, and don’t miss a visit to Ice-Cream Social’s quirky van!

connecting you directly with Victorian farmers:
accredited farmers' markets this week
17-24 Oct

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