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Published July 14th 2014
Getting fresh at The Gap Farmers' Market
The Gap Farmers' Market mascots - Lucinda and Alfred
It's official - The Gap Farmers' Market is open for business! Congratulations to GAPRA (The Gap Residents' Association) and everyone involved with the launch of The Gap Farmers' Market! I don't think that there could be any doubt that the morning was a huge success. A sea of bodies milled around stalls, littlies enjoyed the animal farm, long queues waited patiently for coffee and food and market trolleys were stuffed to the brim with fresh produce and other purchases. Live entertainment added to the Sunday morning vibe and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. These markets have a lovely community feel, with friends bumping into each other and lively conversations taking place.
It was great to see the local community supporting local farmers and producers. Market goers were spoilt for choice when it came to fresh fruit and vegies but it wasn't just about fruit and veg. Kyogle beef, The Goat Guy Pies, fresh seafood, Echo Valley free range eggs and tasty brownie morsels from the Cocoa Elf were just some of the other items for sale.
Also available were skincare products, teas, fresh flowers, organic soaps, fabulous metal sculptures, aromatic spices and herbs, sausage, jerky, hand knits, baby clothes, Sol breads - the list goes on. A grumbling tummy could be pacified easily whether you were looking for breakfast fare or feeling like a treat. Juices, tea and coffee were on sale for those needing to quench their thirst and although there were long queues for coffee it was worth the wait.
Amazing sculptures - this one made from horse shoes
A beautiful camphor laurel cutting board from Wood Kreations. Dick and Lyndell Bentley sell beautiful timber bowls, decorator items and cutting boards - all handmade.
Beef jerky (for the other half).
Ready for breakfast and lunch!
Jars of Mustard Pickles and Orange Whisky Marmalade from D.A.D.Z Farm.
A Himalayan Crystal Salt tea light holder and scented tea lights (very pretty and smells divine!). Drop by next time and Teresa can tell you about the benefits of the decorative Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamps.
Decorative, beneficial lamps and aromatic tea lights
Oh, and two flat white coffees to sip as we browsed. We did line up for one of those wicked potato slinkys but unfortunately the stall ran out of potatoes before we made it to the top of the queue. Shows you how good they must be!
I know I haven't mentioned all the stalls that were at the markets this morning but look forward to going back again in two weeks time to investigate further - and to get in early for my potato slinky. Mark Sunday, July 27th in your diary and get along to the next Gap Farmers' Market for a very pleasant morning for the whole family.
This market will now run every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 6.30am - 11am at The Gap State Primary School. Congratulations again to GAPRA, organizers and workers - we'll be back.