Sunday 23 June – Spend a bright winter Sunday by the river and stimulate the senses with fresh food aromas, the myriad guises of local handmade crafts and the delicious lure of morning coffee enjoyed outdoors.
An annual visit from local humoursome Australiana legend in the making, Errol Gray, provides the soundtrack for a classic north coast community market.
Enter the Eco Era
We’re delighted to be entering a new ‘era’ in our management of waste at the markets. It’s no secret we have struggled to manage our green (compostable organics) and yellow (recyclables) bins – it’s hard to know what items belong in which bin. Many of our stallholders supply entirely compostable packaging serving materials and cutlery…however there are some tricky items that might appear compostable, but actually go in the yellow bin. Likewise there are items that appear recyclable but which sadly, have to go in the red bins, destined for landfill. How to navigate this issue while running a market that attracts between 2,000 – 3,000 visitors?
Enter our friends at the Eco Era. Not only do they run a stall offering viable and sustainable alternatives to everyday items that are usually designed for single use and destined for landfill, they are assembling a team of volunteers to manage our bins. During the market, they sort rubbish between the bins while talking with visitors and stallholders about which items are suitable for each bin.
The result is a massive reduction in the waste going to landfill and a large increase in the waste directed for recycling and composting.
Other initiatives being rolled out include a mug library, operating from the Eco Era stall (adjacent to the market Info Tent), whereby for a gold coin donation, you can borrow a mug in which to drink your morning coffee. Not only do you get to drink your coffee in a real mug, you’re saving on those tricky single use coffee cups & lids, most of which cannot be composted in the Clarence (even if it says ‘biocup’ on the packaging) and benefiting a local charity with your donation. You even don’t have to wash your mug – simply return it dirty to the Eco Era stall!
Volunteer at the markets
Volunteers at the markets enjoy giving something back to their community…and the free coffee and camaraderie ain’t bad either! Interested? Get in touch…
Perform at the markets
Are you a musician or band interested in playing under our big shade cloth? Musos that connect with our crowd can sell a decent amount of merch. Get in touch…
A message for dog owners
Ford Park – home to the markets each month – is a dog friendly place, albeit with exclusion zones applicable at certain times.
Specifically, dogs are not permitted within 10m of food preparation and serving areas.
So when bringing your pooch to the markets, which you’re very welcome to do, we ask you to please be considerate and observe the rules.
Keep your dog on the lead and clear of the food stalls and dining area under the large shade cloth.