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Much more than a market

15 Jul 2014

Much more than a market Image

Who said we couldn’t have it all here in Southbank?

While we enjoy our bustling urban metropolis, Melbourne Farmers Markets (MFM) is about to introduce us to the finer points of rural living by starting the Southbank Farmers’ Market.

The market will be held on the first Saturday of each month at Boyd Community Hub and provide Southbank locals the opportunity to buy regionally grown produce, directly from farmers themselves.

MFM director Miranda Sharp told Southbank Local News the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) commitment to address food security, sustainability and healthy living had influenced her decision to open in Southbank.

“We’re really keen to see farmers’ markets happen anywhere and everywhere,” Ms Sharp said.

“The CoM seems like a great place to start, with such a focused plan to give a resident and worker population access to locally grown and sourced produce,” she added.

“Boyd sought me out and it was terrific timing. We were looking for opportunities to expand.”

Ms Sharp said she had been liaising with Boyd about the market for two years and was excited it was finally coming to fruition.

“An enormous amount of planning has gone into this,” she said.

“I think communities need real things and real food. You can’t just manufacture real community events and I think this will fit in well here.”

The market will be at Boyd for at least six months, but Ms Sharp said she was determined to keep it in Southbank long beyond that.

“We may move out onto Balston St or another location near by. We’re not fussed by that, some of the best markets in the world are portable by nature or street markets.”

Ms Sharp said she was looking forward to bringing a country feel to the inner city and had a message for all us city-slickers.

“The farmers and I will be here every single month, regardless of the weather – so toughen up people and get down here!”

The first Southbank Farmers Market is at Boyd Community Hub (207 City Rd) on Saturday, August 2.

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