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Farmers’ market filling bellies and wallets

The Tumut Farmers Market has been a success since it started a month ago.

After a month of operation it appears the move to establish a farmer’s market in the Tumut CBD was a good one.

“It’s been going really well; it’s been well received by consumers and stall holders alike,” Tumut Farmers Market spokesperson Sam Phillips said.

“Everyone is happy with the way things are going and we have had more stalls come on board since we started.”

Mrs Phillips said there were usually about 12 stallholders at the market each Friday afternoon. “Some come once a fortnight, some once a month, and others every week,” she said.

“The Bakers from Adelong that make sourdough bread have been selling out every week, usually within one hour. Even on the day it was really cold we had a reasonable turn out.”

She said all the feedback she had had about the market was positive, from customers and stallholders. “I haven’t heard anything negative,” she said.

A meeting was held at Tumut River Brewing Co in October to gauge interest in establishing such a market, and the response was proportional to the success of the market so far.

“We also have the community table operating, where we encourage backyard growers and anyone with fresh produce to sell, and charge a 10 per cent of sales fee,” Mrs Phillips said.

“That has been successful so far.”

There will be a special Christmas market on the last Friday before Christmas itself, December 21.

“We are opening it up to locals who produce arts and crafts, and giving them an opportunity to sell those products,” Mrs Phillips said.

“It’s not something we would do regularly. We will also have things like face-painting for kids.”

To find out more go to the Tumut Farmers Market Facebook and Instagram pages.