Farmers market in hiatus until drought breaks

The Magner family were regular Farmers and Producers Market stallholders, but the drought has forced a break.
The Magner family were regular Farmers and Producers Market stallholders, but the drought has forced a break.

The ongoing drought has claimed another victim with the Tenterfield Farmers and Producers markets regretfully put on hold until conditions improve.

A meeting was held on Saturday to discuss the effects of the drought on production systems and stallholders' ability to supply the markets, and it was unanimously decided that the markets be paused until sufficient rainfall occurs.

After supplying the markets for almost two years, the stallholders said they deeply regret this decision but at present they simply have no choice.

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Granite Borders Landcare established the markets along with local farmers and producers in November 2017. In that time the markets have developed, not only as a fantastic place to source excellent local produc, but also a great social community meeting hub which has been of paramount importance in times like this.

Steve Haslam, the owner of the Old Tenterfield Church which is the home of the markets, is passionate about the Tenterfield Farmers and Producers markets and the positive impact it has in the community.

"The farmers markets are very close to my heart," he said.

"In the beginning I enjoyed seeing the producers and community interact. However, I never envisaged what an important social event this provided for the township which I love."

At the meeting on Saturday there was discussion amongst stallholders about expanding the markets to run every weekly when they are reinstated after the drought breaks. The stallholders wish to thank all the community and visitors for the support and attendance over the last two years and are promising to be back soon, bigger and better than ever.

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