Farmers welcome market
IT'S not every day you come across a farmer with half-a-tonne of organic Russian garlic hanging in his shed.
But this is just one example of the variety of produce local farmer Ian Willis will have for sale at the Caldera Farmers Market when it launches today at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds.
Mr Willis said he was excited to see the market launched as it provided him a perfect opportunity to sell certified organic produce from his farm, Sylva Lining Organic.
“There was never a local farmers market when we began the farm so we launched online,” Mr Willis said.
“We got a strong following and started supplying cafes and restaurants in the area.
“Now we can do both.”
Mr Willis said he tried to provide a variety of different produce.
“We try to provide a cross-section of a variety of organic foods,” he said.
“We have plenty of cherry tomatoes, eggplants, garlic, spinach, kale, banana, lime, herbs, sweet potato, eggs and more.”
The first Caldera Farmers Market, showcasing produce from farmers living within 50km of the region, begins today in the Dairy Pavilion at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds.