It’s market time again – and this one is a celebration!

Six years ago about 15 stallholders gathered under the big roof on the basketball court at Mansfield Primary School to welcome in the very first Mansfield Farmers’ Market.  It was cold – snow on the hills in Merrijig and Tolmie, and wet.  Very wet – 60mm of rain in the 2 days leading up to our market.  How grateful I was that we had an enormous roof to shelter underneath but also incredibly grateful that these stallholders had taken a leap of faith to support a start up and that we also had a gathering of keen shoppers.  A market is nothing without something to sell and people to buy it!

Fast forward to September 2015 and we have a new home – on the median strip near the Post Office and the Delatite Hotel – and a range of new stallholders (as well as a handful who have been with us since the very beginning).  Over the years we have been privileged to be the launch pad for a number of local producers. A place for them to test their products and grow as a business.  YOU as market shoppers have helped in this process by tasting. buying, offering feedback and just being there.  Thankyou!

The weather forecast for this week is a good one (thank goodness) with some sunshine and clear skies (although still a little chilly).  September in Mansfield can often be deceiving – with snow still falling on the hills yet blue skies and sunshine.  The soil is still taking a while to warm up and winter vegies are still on the shopping list.

Our next few markets looking ahead are busy ones.  Festivals, warmer weather and then Christmas!  Make sure that you put these ones into your diaries…..

October 24th – Spring Arts Festival market.  Arts Mansfield join us with some fabulous arts and crafts offerings.  We also have the return of our Gorgeous Gumboots exhibition – free to enter and lots of fun.  Break out your imagination (a great school holiday activity) and decorate a boot / shoe / thong along the theme of FOOD!

December 19th – our Christmas market is on the THIRD Saturday of the month.  A perfect opportunity to do some pre Christmas lunch shopping, pick up some gifts and catch up with friends.  The Mansfield Producers Hampers will be on offer again.  A huge success last year.  This year you can pre-order or just take your chances at the market.

March 26th – Easter is an early caller in 2016 and our March market falls on Easter Saturday.  Sure to be a busy time in town this will be a fabulous market.

April 23rd – Another long weekend market – this time for Anzac Day.  With a leap year in 2016, Anzac Day falls on a Monday giving us a 3 day break with our market on the Saturday.

Who will you see at the market on Saturday?

Stallholder list 26th September 2015 (current 24/9/15)

  1. Aintree almonds and apiary
  2. Boonderoo Farm – Bread & vegetarian pies
  3. Deep Rapture Farm – Salad Greens
  4. Forrest Grasses – Wheat grass tea
  5. Gary’s veggies
  6. Howes Creek Farm – terrines / pate / sausages
  7. Jillicious – cakes and preserves
  8. Kinglake Proteas
  9. King Valley Dairy
  10. King Valley Walnuts
  11. Locheilan Cheese
  12. Londrigan beef and lamb
  13. Maindample Imperial Fudge
  14. Meadow Creek Seedlings
  15. Mojo Muesli
  16. Olivetto – olive oil
  17. Plaster Painting
  18. Produce Store – Coffee
  19. Red Elk winery – cordials & mulled wine starter
  20. Ros Ritchie Wines
  21. Ross Tomatoes
  22. Swanpool Native Plants
  23. Tin Shed Cider
  24. The Produce Store – coffee
  25. Tolmie plants
  26. Turkish Star Bread
  27. Yarra Valley Berries