Every Saturday 8.30am - 1.00pm. A fabulous range of fruit, veggies,
seedlings, woodfired breads and delicious pastries, as well as local
home-made produce. The grain mill is also available to grind your
own grains or buy them from the market.
Sustainability is the theme ..... Grow local, buy local.
by Arts & Gourmet Food correspondent Len Martin
folks, it really was a fabulous community event. So many people
turned up there was almost a parking problem, there were cars
everywhere. Now there's a sustainability issue! For sustainability
was the theme for the day and is the name of the game. Grow local,
buy local. This was voiced passionately by Peter Calkin, a member
of the Farmers Market organising committee, a great MC who also
provided music with Ian on accordion, played a mean ukelele, and
led the mob in making animal noises!
need for sustainability was also addressed eloquently by Nimbin
Neighbourhood & Information Centre's Nat Meyer who officially
opened the Market - and no one has done more to promote sustainability
in Nimbin than Nat. She noted that she was not the Mayor, not
the Premier, not the Prime-Minister and not the Governor-General,
but some wag in the crowd suggested she could well do all those
jobs and more! Both speakers thanked Jeni, Robin, Heather and
Blue Knob Hall Gallery members for their support.
were blessed with perfect weather in a wonderful venue. No wonder
the crowds turned up. It is another great Nimbin Community Venture,
and a pretty good social event, reinforced by all that art in
the Gallery and culinary delights in the Cafe. Complete culture
- art and food! As well as numerous customers there were lots
of stall-holders (21 I believe) with, among other things, a great
variety of vegetables, fruit, native plants, organic yoghurt,
top quality vegetable seedlings for planting out now, wood-fired
oven-baked bread and a huge variety of preserves.
last I managed to get some real marmalade - both stiff and runny
- nothing like it in the supermarkets - and two jars of Green
Mango chutney (ditto). Blue Knob Hall Farmers Market has so much
more to offer than those dreary supermarkets with their endless,
soulless, boring corridors of stuff.
Knob Hall goes from strength to strength with this Farmers Market
initiative, an initiative reinforced by the great progress made
with the hall's verandahs - last week, at the Artists and Friends
Lunch, they were only pegs in the ground, today the structures
were sufficient to shelter many stall holders from our fierce
by the time the next Blue Knob Hall Farmers Market is on - next
Saturday in fact, and weekly thereafter (note that in your social
diary) the whole place will be even more weather-friendly for
stall holders& customers, not to mention family friendly -
for this is a beautiful place for kids - complete with some much-used
rope swings in the Old Big Fig.
tell your friends, come along and buy, or indeed bring.
Calkin emphasised that the market committee was keeping stall-holders
fees as low as possible to encourage wide participation, including
back-yard growers - for further information Peter can be contacted
at 66 897 004. And now I'm off to enjoy some real marmalade!
printed "Nimbin Goodtimes".
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Knob Hall Gallery 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock NSW 2480
Phone: (02) 66897449
Thursday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm