The Tallarook Farmers’ Market scheduled for Sunday has been postponed.
Market manager Cynthia Lim said the decision was not made lightly and the interdependence of the market and the community was the driving force to take a break, with the assumption the market would return at full steam in September.
“It was a really hard decision to make but after speaking with many stallholders, the decision to postpone the market during the second lockdown was agreed,” she said.
“Shoppers should know that markets are one of the oldest forms of commerce, are conducted in the open air and provide food which has generally only been touched by the farmer or maker and then the eater.
“The food is fresh and the farmers’ market shopping conditions adhere and often exceed COVID-19 guidelines for food handling.”
Ms Lim said with more than 30 stallholders regularly attending the market, she knew there would be pain caused to those who had been working on growing, cultivating and making products.
“We urge everyone to seek out the online stores and support the producers as best you can until we resume,” she said.
“These farmers and growers choose to be part of a short supply chain, they choose to know the faces of their customers and to be connected to the community.
“There are many keen supporters of our market who will also not be able to easily access their favourite products and we do apologise.
“There will be social media posts all week sharing locations of where farmers’ market supporters can access these goods.”
For more information, visit tallarookfarmersmarket.com.au/meet-our-makers