Weekly Bellingen Farmers Market

Tom from Mandarin Bend

Tom from Mandarin Bend

Don't forget the weekly Farmers Market is on this afternoon in the Bellingen Showgrounds.

The ring of the bell at 2.30pm is the signal for selling to begin, and the market will run until 6pm.

Organiser Louise Hensby Louise is thrilled by the feedback she's been receiving since the markets commenced three weeks ago.

"It's evident that we are delivering what people are wanting. It is hugely reassuring.

"At the first market, many of our stallholders sold out, so that confirms what we believe - that there is huge potential for the weekly market to become one of their primary distribution networks for growers and producers and a new weekly shopping place for consumers,"

The inaugural market saw an estimated crowd of more than 300 people filling the Bellingen Showgrounds.

Beets and carrots

Beets and carrots

Over 20 growers and producers from the local area and as far as Lawrence and Kempsey graced the "Kitchen Booth" pavilion with generous displays of fresh seasonal produce, baskets of garlic, ginger, turmeric and herbs, honey, jams, chutneys, pastries and breads.

Outdoor stall holders included F1 Wagyu beef, local, fresh seafood and ethically raised pork, and delicious and health snacks and meals were available from the café to eat there or take home.

Cafe selling snacks and meals

Cafe selling snacks and meals

Louise promises that there will be a continuation of the vibrancy and colour of the opening event at future markets.

"We have even more stall holders lined up to take part. Some are waiting for crops to ripen, but rest assured, each week will be another fabulous event," she said.

Louise is calling for buskers as well as local small-scale hobby growers who can contribute surplus chemical-free produce to the community stall. They can contact her by emailing bellingenfarmers@gmail.com.