Run and managed by a small but passionate close-knit team whose children attend Bonbeach Primary School, the first market will kick off on Sunday 12 October, thereafter, will run every month (except January) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Although this is the first Farmers' Market for the school, it is not the first time Bonbeach Primary School have embarked upon a fresh food initiative, with the successful introduction of a Green Thumbs program this year, encouraging local children to re-connect with nature in a meaningful, seasonal, productive and enjoyable way.
Now Bonbeach Primary School reaches out to the wider community, providing locals with access to buy fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables (including organics) as well as fish, meat, eggs, breads and not forgetting a stall manned by school students selling "Worm Wee" fertiliser produced in the school's very own worm farm.
There are 45 stallholders already booked in for the first market, selected based on the Victorian Farmers' Market Association criteria including:
Cheesemakers Andriy and Taras Kogut are the faces behind Blue Bay, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. The two brothers come from a family rich in cheesemaking tradition producing cheeses that would make their grandmother proud. Cheeses on offer at Bonbeach market are made cultured, ripened and matured to influence their flavor, body and texture.
Peninsula Fresh Organics, located in Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula will be bringing their certified organic produce to Bonbeach. Farming 30 acres of land and specialising in heirloom/heritage vegetables including heirloom carrots, beetroot and radish. Peninsula Fresh Organics provide 100% organic produce without chemicals or fertilisers.
To support this new local initiative, you can join Bonbeach Farmers' Market group on Facebook. Most importantly though, grab your trolley, mark the dates in your diary, head down to Bonbeach Primary School between 9am - 1pm, and fill your pantry with the freshest local produce you can get.