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Update December 11th 2014
This market is now held at the Hilder Road State School, 104 Kaloma Road, The Gap.
It's nearly time! The Gap Residents' Association (GAPRA) is excited to be launching The Gap Farmers' Markets on Sunday, July 13th. The community is hungry for its own markets and with over 60 stallholders already signed up, these markets are shaping up to be a "must do" event.
Christopher Taylor (President of GAPRA) said, "One of the reasons that we are so excited about this initiative is because of the involvement of John and Erica Parker. They offer The Gap community their passion for fresh and wholesome food, their years of experience in successfully running the Moggill Markets and their excellent relationships with farmers and stall holders."
What's special about these markets? For starters, like the Moggill Markets, they are a not-for-profit venture, with 50 per cent of the proceeds being donated to local schools and the remaining 50 per cent used to fund events, activities and other initiatives in The Gap through GAPRA. Secondly, all stall holders must either make, bake, or shake their goods - no resellers! This will maintain a level of quality and support local businesses.
Besides fresh fruit and vegetables and meat (direct from farmers), stallholders will also be selling recycled furniture, kids' clothing, gourmet delicacies, art, crafts, ready-to-eat food and much more. Kids' entertainment and live music will also be a regular part of the market's program.
Erica Parker said, "The Gap Farmers' Markets will run on alternating weekends to the Moggill Markets, building a continuity of fresh food and homemade goods for Brisbane's inner west every weekend."
Most of us don't need a reason to wander through a great market but why not make this a family day - here are 10 good reasons to bring the kids: 1. They'll develop healthy eating relationships
2. The markets will help connect kids with "real food" 3. They can meet and talk with real farmers 4. Give them a small budget and let them buy their own food
5. Go home and make something amazing with that food!
6. Here's a chance to try and introduce new foods
7. Learn about nutrition
8. Get them away from "screens and devices" (not just the kids!)
9. This can be fun family time
10. Teach them the importance of supporting their local community
One of the "real farmers", Malcolm Sutton and wife, Sue
With such a cute logo, these markets are catching the eye of everyone in the area! Is there a story behind the logo? Of course there is. These honorary ambassadors, Alfred the duck and Lucina the cow, have been named after The Gap's very own historical farming couple - Alfred and Lucina Best. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more of their story soon.
Come and be a part of this exciting day and the beginning of something very special at The Gap Farmers' Markets - "where food has a story."
Please note that limited parking is available at the school (off Waterworks Road), otherwise street parking is available. Please do not park in the car park of the church next door to the school - thank you.