Market party 10 years in the making
THE Coffs Coast Growers Market will celebrate 10 years of bringing local fresh produce to the Coffs Coast community on Thursday.
To ensure the milestone is celebrated in style, everyone is invited to the party.
"The Coffs Coast Growers Market is a wonderful asset to our city,'' Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, who will be cutting the special birthday cake on the day, said.
"It has brought so much more to our community than just the opportunity to buy fresh local produce and support our local entrepreneurs. It has become a colourful and fun event that brings people into the city centre every week to shop, enjoy the atmosphere over a coffee or snack and meet friends."
The Market's original aims were to help provide support to local farmers and producers, as well as bring more people into the then recently-remodelled city centre.
Now the Market is seen as a significant catalyst in the development and evolution of a number of local businesses.
Red Sparrow Tea, Quigley's Smokehouse, Hearthfire Bakery, Blue Berrylicious, Me-Healthy Farm, Coffs Coast Honey, Booma Boer Goats and Bakarindi Bush Foods are just some of the businesses that have achieved success and reached a whole new audience as a result of attending the Market.
"The Coffs Coast Growers Market has given us the opportunity to engage with our customers," Blue Berrylicious owner Gwenda Ford, said.
"We can get feedback on our products directly from our clients and this has definitely helped in the success of our business. The ability to talk to other producers and partner on various projects has also been invaluable.
"We have won a number of awards and now retail nationally, which is just amazing."