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Southbank’s first farmers market takes off

14 Aug 2014

Southbank’s first farmers market takes off Image

The Boyd Community Hub burst into life on Saturday, August 2, as more than 3000 visitors converged on Southbank for the suburb’s first ever Farmers’ Market.

Stallholders from around regional Victoria were duly rewarded for braving the morning chill, with bigger than expected crowds flocking to Southbank.

Organic produce, handcrafted ciders, hot gourmet pies and freshly-squeezed juices were just some of the delicious goods for sale, as Southbank was introduced to some of the finer points of rural living.

Visitors were also treated to a range of artworks, handmade garments and live music, helping provide residents with a soothing country atmosphere.

Melbourne Farmers’ Market director Miranda Sharp said she was delighted by the response.

“We felt very welcomed by the Southbank community and many people commented on what a great asset the market was going to be for the area,” she said.

“People talked about the importance of having a local meeting place and soul in a new community and that gives us great satisfaction.”

“That Melbourne weather forecasts are no reason to not come to a farmers market!”

The day also featured a number of other activities, including the launch of a new hatha-yoga class, now running every Saturday at Boyd Community Hub in conjunction with the market.

While organisers are yet to secure a permanent location for the market, with the permit at Boyd set to expire in January 2015, Ms Sharp said she was confident that, with local support, they wouldn’t have a problem.

“We need to find a permanent home in the Southbank area but we are confident that, supported by local residents and working with the City of Melbourne, we will find somewhere from January onwards,” she said.

The next Southbank Farmers Market will be held at Boyd Community Hub (207 City Rd) on Saturday, September 6.

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