Christmas may look and feel a little different this year, but with the amazing range of fresh local produce on offer at our farmers markets, there’s no reason why this year’s festive feast can’t be the best yet!
‘After a pretty challenging year, having to navigate and instigate heath and safety procedures to ensure our farmers’ markets stayed open during the pandemic, now really is the time, more than ever, to shop local and eat seasonal,’ says Byron Farmers Market manager Tom Carey.
By shopping at farmers’ markets, you are not only supporting local farming families, but you’re also buying the freshest local produce available. Produce that has not travelled hundreds of kilometres or been kept in cold storage to prolong its shelf life.
When you buy direct from the farmer or producer, you are buying produce that tastes better, and also contains higher levels of nutrients. Fruit and veggies that have been plucked straight from the earth, or bread that has been baked fresh that day, means there’s no time to lose nutrients or flavour. It doesn’t get better than that!
‘As we count down to Christmas, now’s the time to get your orders in for free-range pasture-raised hams from Hayters Hill, Brooklet Springs and Esperanza Farm; seafood from Brunswick Seed Oysters and Joblins; and mince tarts from Scratch Patisserie,’ says Tom.
‘The dining tables and chairs are now back at the market as well, and we’ll be open as usual on Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve), so it’s a great chance to shop for Christmas Day and take a bit of a break.
‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers who have continued to support us through a difficult year. We wish them a safe and merry Christmas filled with friends, family and great local food!”
Byron Farmers Market is held every Thursday 7–11am at the Cavanbah Centre, and Bangalow Farmers Market is every Saturday morning 7–11am behind the Bangalow Pub.