Markets grow in popularity

Cecilia AllenSouth Western Times
Owner and operator at NewLeaf Orchard Kate Baker is one of the new stalls at the Manjimup Farmers Market this year.
Camera IconOwner and operator at NewLeaf Orchard Kate Baker is one of the new stalls at the Manjimup Farmers Market this year. Credit: Cecilia Allen

Organisers of the Manjimup Farmers Market are hoping to make this year’s markets “bigger and better”.

Now in their 14th year, the markets are held on the first and third Saturday of each month, with extra days added for long weekends.

This year the markets will boast some new stalls in addition to the regular ones, secretary Beth Shorthouse said.

“The markets are a great way for new businesses to get their product known,” she said.

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“We get a lot of people from out of town that come through the markets as well as locals.”

New stalls include the French Pantry, The Southern Roasting Company, New Leaf Orchard, Southern Forests Green Tea and others.

“We’ve got some wonderful produce in the region so it’s nice to have it all on display,” manager Rita Gossage said.

“We’re always looking for buskers too – anyone who is interested should contact the markets.”

Owner and operator Kate Baker from NewLeaf Orchards said sales of her sparkling apple juice, made from 100 per cent locally grown fruit – had been doing well in the markets.

“Yum is the biggest comment we get,” she said.

“We’re looking at doing more juices with seasonal fruits. Our juices are available around town, Perth, Bunbury and Margaret River and will soon be available from IGA in Bridgetown.”

Instead of the regular Saturday markets on February 3, from 5 pm a twilight market will be held, with all the regular stalls, ready-to-go food stalls, music, a car boot sale and entertainment.

“It’s going to be a nice family evening,” Ms Gossage said.

“We’re still looking for more ready-to-go food stalls for the event, so people can get in touch with us if they’re interested.”

The next market day is January 21, from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

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