WHAT IS A FARMERS' MARKET?

A farmers’ market is a predominantly fresh food market that operates regularly within a community at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell farm origin and associated value added processed food products directly to customers.

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WHO RUNS THE MUDGEE FARMERS' MARKETS?

The Mudgee Farmers’ Market is run by Mudgee Fine Foods Inc. (MFFI). MFFI is a non-profit organisation launched in June 2005 to increase awareness of our local food industry and to promote the Mudgee region in conjunction with Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Assn. Inc. and Mudgee Regional Tourism. The Farmers’ Market give the community and visitors to the region the opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown foods, delicious artisan produce and plants directly from the grower/maker. It gives local producers the opportunity to meet and connect with their customers in a cost-effective manner, whilst selling and promoting their product.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Mudgee Farmers’ Markets are all about our region’s farmers and food producers of quality regional produce. This includes fresh and artisan produced, value added foods and beverages. Our current stallholders are made up of vegetable, fruit, meat, eggs and wine producers, artisan cheese, chocolate, honey, jam, preserve, condiment and bread makers, self-propagated plants, seeds, herbs and small live-stock, organic fertilizers, worm farms, compost and flowers.

As we run the Farmers’ Markets under strict industry guidelines under no circumstances will any type of craft be allowed to be sold at the Farmers’ Markets.

Based on the ‘100 mile’ principle (160 km) the region is broadly defined as the Central West area. This includes: Mudgee, Gulgong, Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Rylstone, Kandos, Ilford, Sofala, Wellington and Goolma. Producers from other neighbouring areas are welcome to apply and applications will be reviewed and considered by MFFI Committee.

Cooked foods must be of the highest quality and where possible utilise local produce – ideally from other stallholders. All food stallholders need to conform to NSW Food Authority guidelines. See www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

In the interests of public health any breaches of food safety and handling may result in an inability to attend the Markets in the future.

SETTING UP ON MARKET DAY

  1. If you carry your own Public Liability Insurance please ensure the Farmers’ Market Manager has a copy of your Certificate of Currency before setting up. You will be charged the non-insured rate unless the Manager holds a current Certificate. If you wish to be covered by the Farmers’ Market insurance policy a small fee will apply
  2. It is good marketing to identify your stall and products with signs. There are MFFI blackboards you can borrow from the storeroom (with permission) plus chalk at the MFFI Information marquee. We encourage evidence of production authenticity e.g. signs, photos, etc.
  3. Sample giving and tastings are a great way to promote and sell your product. Please ensure you adhere to all relevant food-handling guidelines. Copies are available upon request from the Manager. We have a liquor licence that allows for wine tasting and single bottle sales.
  4. You will need to bring all your own equipment to run your stall, including table, tablecloth, signage, price lists (a wholesale price list may be handy for enquiries from chefs and caterers) wind secured marquee and gazebos, tagged power cords or electrical equipment, contoured mats for cords coverage, a change float etc. – there is a Westpac ATM directly across Church St.
  5. Vehicle access is via Market Street only. Please park on paved area to unload (unless given prior consent from the Manager) The Church has asked us not to park on grassed areas due to compaction of the grounds.
  6. The Manager is usually on site by 7.00am and will show you where to set up your stall. You may not get a permanent site straight away, it often takes a few Markets to work out the best position for you. Be set up and ready to trade comfortably before the advertised starting time of 8.30am.
  7. Vehicles must be off-site immediately after unloading. Please be particularly careful at all times when driving within the site to drive with extreme caution and limit speed to 5 kms. Parking is available behind the Presbytery, this frees up the street for customer parking.
  8. It is compulsory for all marquees and gazebos to be pegged or weighed down on all legs. Not only will it save you having to serve customers with one hand on the framework but importantly avoid serious injury or potential accidents.
  9. All stalls must have either a tarp or matting underfoot. This saves the lawn and keeps the Church grounds looking reasonable.
  10. You must not pack up before the end of advertised trading – 12.30pm, unless with the express permission of the Manager in exceptional circumstances. This is an W H & S issue.
  11. On Market day the Farmers’ Market Manager has the right to uphold the Charter and request that any items in breach be withdrawn from sale or any non-compliant stalls be requested to leave.
  12. A raffle is held at each market to help MFFI cover costs associated with running the Farmers’ Markets such as providing live music, advertising, administration, etc. All Stallholders are expected to contribute a small item from their stall as this helps keep down Stall Fees. We will collect these items at the start of the market from your stall.
  13. Stallholder fees are decided and set by the MFFI committee. Fees can be paid by either;

a) The week before the market by Direct Deposit into the Mudgee Fine

Foods Bank: ANZ Bank
BSB: 012 740
Account No. 2243 94619
Reference: Your invoice number and stall name.

B) On the day of the market by paying in cash during the morning to the Manager. A receipt will be issued to all Stallholders.

14. Leave your stall and communal areas clean and tidy when packed up, and please take your rubbish home with you, as we do not have enough bins to take Stallholder rubbish.

15. And don’t forget ……….. to have fun!