I attended a meeting for a Local Farmers Market. Currently we don't have a market dedicated to the actual growers and local produce artisans. The majority of the produce in our supermarkets is from other places on the other side of Australia or overseas and our small local markets have a great deal of interstate produce.
I'm hoping the Local Farmers Market will eventuate and be a success - however I must voice my concern that it's being proposed at a large shopping centre. I dislike large shopping centres that are aimed at the gluttony of consumerism as entertainment and have very little sustainable/ecological values. I would prefer a Local Farmers Market to be in a public community area with green grass underfoot if possible. My query is; "Why is the biggest glossiest shopping centre in my state offering to host a small market with 30 stalls of local produce?"
At the meeting I found that even though the Local Farmers Market is in discussing mode and a proposal only, it felt like it was already a done deal and that the Local Farmers Market spokes person from interstate was already in bed with the large Shopping Centre's Management. Mmm got me thinking - a lot. I want the market on one hand (I would love a small stall), however it does't feel right. The meeting organisers didn't inspire a feeling of community, grass roots or looking after our local growers and consumers - which I had hoped it would include.
What do you think? Have you ever been part of a Local Farmers Market or do you shop at one? Please share your insights. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
As usual I've been over busy with work, family, studies, thinking a lot and co-ordinating a fundraising event in our Snake Bean Community Garden this Sunday. If you live in Darwin - please come to the Botanical Gardens 20 May 2012 9:00am to 1:00pm; buy a fair trade cup of coffee or organic tea and say Hello :-)
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