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A farmers’ market is a food only market specialising in authentic, regional, fresh, and seasonal produce. A farmers’ market helps build community sustainability through the farming and production of local food by local farmers for feeding local people and visitors to the region. The key message of the farmers’ market is fresh, regional, seasonal food, sold by farmers and makers direct to consumers at a central location.
The ideas underpinning a farmers’ market are that:
- It is restricted to the sale of food
- The goods sold are locally produced from within a defined regional boundary
- The people selling are those who grew, cooked, raised, or produced the produce
Some market organisations may agree to allow exceptions to each of these points under their Market Rules. For example;
- Non-food items may be sold e.g. seedlings, compost, worms and flowers and market fundraisers such as bags, aprons, books
- Stalls from outside the region may be allowed
- Family members and employees may be permitted to sell at the stall