Perfect spring weather and an exciting new location proved the right combinations for the Forbes Farmers Markets held on Saturday. The markets, which are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, saw new stall holders and an increased number of people in attendance at Victoria Park.
The central location was also popular with morning walkers, stopping to have coffee and peruse the many stalls. The addition of children’s activities such as face painting and colouring in, is making the event ‘family friendly’ and was well received by local families who were able to purchase fresh produce while their children were being entertained.
The markets have a strict charter of guidelines that stall holders must comply with to enable them to join the growing number of regular attendees. Producers must reside within the Central West, an area reaching as far south as Wagga Wagga, Dubbo in the north, Bathurst to the east and Condobolin heading west.
All produce must be home/farm grown and must be fresh or a bi-product of the fresh produce. Producers are on hand to answer any questions you may have about their wares so you know exactly what you are buying and eating.
Farmers Market coordinator, Melissa Ross, was very pleased with the change of venue which will continue for the summer months. In March next year organisers will reassess the situation for winter and decide whether or not to make the move back to the showground and the all-weather facilities of the Ben Hall Shears complex.