a basket full of goodness from mansfield farmers market

It is REALLY exciting to be able to celebrate 7 years of the Mansfield Farmers’ Market – it means so much more than simply “making it through” 7 years.  Over that time:

  • the number of regular stallholders has grown
  • some of our producers have expanded on gone on to bigger and better things (yay)
  • producers have won awards for their products
  • Mansfield Shire based stallholders has grown from 25% to over 60%
  • our location has changed
  • our shoppers have kept on coming back every month

We really want to thank YOU the customer for supporting our market.  Our stallholders turn up every month regardless of the weather because this is their business.  They have grown animals, baked bread and cakes, picked fruit and vegetables, planted trees and seedlings, milked cows and goats – the list goes on.  They then pack their vans and cars and turn up at markets all over the state to sell their products.  They can only do this if people turn up to buy it.  Even when it is wet and cold.  Thank-you.

A huge well done to Thomas and Gabi from Boonderoo Bread – for not only turning up to our very first market but for continuing to do so EVERY month since!  Thank-you.

We have some brand new stallholders with us this month – Greta Valley Free Range Eggs and Eildon Trout Farm, as well as returning stallholders Tin Shed Cider, Tolpuddle Cheese and L’Amour de la Crepes.

Whilst September is a very exciting month because it is our birthday, our October market also deserves a mention.  October 22nd falls within the local Spring Arts festival and our market LOVES to take part.  This year we will be welcoming the Mansfield Arts Council with a number of art related stalls at the Western end of our market.  There will be entertainment from Bush Poets.  Some music from the Mansfield Steiner School orchestra and the Geelong Grammar Timbertop students.  October is also the month for our Gorgeous Gumboots exhibition – grab an old boot / shoe / pair of thongs and decorate it along the theme of “Food”.  We have had some fantastic exhibits in past year and this is always a bit of fun.

Locally in the “world of food” a number of our producers have been successful in the recent Australian Fine Food Awards.  Gold medals were awarded to Stephen’s Fine Foods (Christmas puddings), Long Lane Capers (capers and caperberries) and High Country Farm (garlic).  Silver medals went to Rushnot Garlic and Delatite Special Occasions (fruit pudding).  This is a fabulous achievement for both the producers individually but also for our local area.  Well done!

September Stallholders (correct as at 22/9/2016)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm – Bread & pies
  3. Delatite Special Occasions
  4. Gary’s veggies
  5. Greg’s Seedlings
  6. Greta Valley Free Range Eggs
  7. Howes Creek Farm – terrines / pate / sausages
  8. Jedda’s Garden
  9. Jillicious – cakes and preserves
  10. King Valley Walnuts
  11. Lake Eildon Trout
  12. L’Amour de la Crepes
  13. Locheilan Cheese
  14. Long Lane Capers
  15. Mansfield Ice-cream
  16. Maindample Imperial Fudge
  17. Mansfield Steiner School – pumpkin pies and soup
  18. Mojo Muesli
  19. Ninn’s Pantry (including King Valley Dairy)
  20. RenMar Chocolates
  21. Ros Ritchie Wines
  22. Ross Tomatoes
  23. Social Bandit Brewing
  24. Swanpool Native Plants
  25. The Herb Shop
  26. The Produce Store – coffee
  27. Tin Shed Cider
  28. Tolmie plants
  29. Tolpuddle Cheese
  30. Turkish Star Bread
  31. Verduci Produce