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One farmers’ market closes as another opens

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The Prospect Farmers’ Market will not continue next year, but many stallholders will relocate to a new market set to open at Gawler at the end of January.

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Elaine Ratcliffe, general manager of the Adelaide Farmers’ Market, told InDaily that the “difficult decision” to close the Prospect operation followed a review which found it was no longer viable.

“We unfortunately found that customer numbers had declined over winter, which we had anticipated, but they hadn’t really picked up in the same way coming into spring as they had in the previous year.”

The Prospect Farmers’ Market has been operating on Thursday evenings next to the Prospect Town Hall for around two years. It was an initiative of the Adelaide Farmers’ Market, which runs the Showground Farmer’s Market, with support from the City of Prospect.

“It was unique in that it was a mid-week farmers’ market … it was the first time that had been tried in South Australia,” Ratcliffe said.

She said most stallholders had indicated they would rather trade at the new Gawler Farmers’ Market, set to open on January 30, than continue at Prospect.

The Gawler market will be held every Saturday morning from 8am until midday at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre car park. It will also include stallholders from the Showground Farmers’ Market, and new producers from the Mid-North and Clare regions.

“We have capacity to double in size and are particularly interested in hearing from wine, cider and boutique beer makers, seafood and dairy producers,” Ratcliffe said.

Gawler Farmers’ Market is being established through a partnership between the Town of Gawler council and Adelaide Farmers’ Market, and has also received a grant from the State Government.

 

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