While still in plastic free July, we are reminded that farmers markets are a great way to buy fresh produce and help reduce plastic consumption, and the Mullumbimby Farmers Market is in the running to win an award for being outstanding at what they do.
The market is one of three finalists in the Australia-wide ‘delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards’ which recognise Australia’s most vibrant and engaging community-focused farmers’ markets. Applications are assessed on authenticity, community impact and engagement, market stall mix, innovation and accessibility.
Mullum has been nominated as a finalist in the 2019 Outstanding Farmers Market category.
Established in 2010, the Mullumbimby Farmers Market has grown to more than 60 stalls, selling fresh local produce from Byron and surrounding shires.
The market itself is also home to several award winning producers, including Burringbar cheesemaker Deb Allard, Nimbin cheesemakers Nimbin Valley Dairy, Bay Smokehouse and Playing With Fire – Rebecca Barnes, native foods.
Judges of the awards are looking for true authenticity, meaning a market that is a predominantly fresh food market that operates regularly within a community, at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and specialty food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added specialty foods for human consumption directly to customers.
Applications are open to eligible markets; applications are assessed on authenticity, community impact and engagement, market stall mix, innovation, accessibility, and, if they are a market that has been going for more than five years, that they maintain all of the above and continue to build on these values.
The 2019 Outstanding Farmers’ Market national finalists are the Margaret River Farmers’ Market WA, Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market and the Willunga Farmers Market SA.
The 2019 trophy winner will be announced in Sydney on August 19.