Media Release – 22 December 2011

Local family law specialists, Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson, have devised a way to connect their referrers and referrers’ families with local farmers and producers, with the introduction of gift vouchers redeemable at the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC.

“We wanted to offer our referrers a unique gift idea so that they can give a gift that matters, a gift with a story behind it, and a gift that supports our local producers and farmers from now into the new year,” said Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson (DDCS) Director, Julie Dobinson.

“We’ve always been strong supporters of the Capital Region Farmers Market and the stallholders they represent, and wanted to connect our clients with them so that they can experience the quality for themselves. This is a gift that helps support local businesses and our local producers, a gift with ongoing benefits to our economy.

“We’ve all received hampers of non-descript products from overseas of which you end up throwing half of the products out. The Farmers Market gift vouchers mean they can visit the market in their own time, meet with local and regional farmers and producers, and take away their gift of fresh, tasty produce that the market is known for. ” she continued.

DDCS and the Capital Region Farmers Market have worked together on the new gift voucher program. Initially, a small amount of gift vouchers were produced which can be redeemed exclusively by DDCS supporters at the market over the next three months. DDCS referrers will receive a handmade shopping hamper, bottle of Canberra District wine and a voucher to fill their basket as desired.

“DDCS and the market feel this is a great way to encourage people to get shopping and support local businesses for Christmas and over the new year,” said Capital Region Farmers Market spokesperson, Tony Howard.

“We are trialling this new gift voucher program over the next three months with DDCS. In the past many people have asked for them to give to friends and family and we see this as a fabulous way to extend the gift of local produce.

“It has been great to work with a fantastic local business such as DDCS. And if this trial is successful we will look at extending the gift voucher program and offer them on a wider basis in 2012,” he concluded.

DDCS are local family law specialists assisting clients in Canberra and rural NSW in dealing with issues such as separation and divorce, property, financial matters and parenting matters.

The Capital Region Farmers Market is a genuine farmers market with over 100 stalls offering a diverse range of fresh food and agricultural produce straight from the producer to the customer. The Market is open from 8- 11am on Christmas Eve, and will return on Saturday 14 January 2012. All profits from stallholder fees generated from the Market are fed back into regional communities and other projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Hall which founded the Market in 2004.

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