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Miriam Margoyles, pictured with Byron Farmers Market manager Tom Carey, included Byron Bay in her latest ABC docuseries, Impossibly Australian. ‘Byron still has a heart, and farmers’ markets keep it beating, she says.

Actress, author and British-Australian documentarian Miriam Margoyles recently launched her latest ABC docuseries, Impossibly Australian, in which Byron Bay plays a starring role.

For the three-part series, Miriam visited Perth, Broken Hill and our own beautiful backyard to hear from locals about how they are adapting to change.

She chose Byron because, in her words, it is ‘one of the most famously free-spirited places in the country… a beacon of creativity and freedom’ and she wanted to explore how locals were coping in the face of Byron becoming ‘a playground for seriously rich celebrities’.

As well as meeting the obligatory influencer and attempting to surf, Miriam visited Fletcher St Cottage and Byron Farmers Market.

A long-time advocate of farmers’ markets, Miriam wanted to see the market for herself as she felt it was the best way to gauge if Byron still has its ‘heart and soul’.

‘For me, community really matters,’ she says. ‘But I’m worried the community here is struggling to cope with the onslaught of so many wealthy newcomers. So, I’ve come to the farmers’ market to see if Byron still has its heart and soul.’

‘I love farmers’ markets because they make a community feel good about itself – the people, the food.’

Miriam roamed the market, meeting local farmers and producers and sampling some of the best food our region has to offer.

‘It was great to have Miriam here because she’s a big advocate of farmers’ markets,’ Byron Farmers Market manager Tom Carey said. ‘And she was very impressed with the authenticity of our market.’

‘She was very interested in the provenance of our produce and also the availability and access to land for young people wanting to get a start in farming, which is one of our concerns as well.’

Miriam’s verdict? Byron definitely still has a heart and, for her, the farmers’ market is helping to keep that heart beating.

‘To me, this farmers’ market is the best of Byron.’

You can watch Impossibly Australian on ABC iview.

Byron Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 7 to 11am at Butler St Reserve, and Bangalow Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 to 11am behind the Bangalow pub.


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