MEDIA RELEASE – 21 January 2010

 Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC is back for 2010. The markets are set to be bigger than ever in 2010, welcoming new stall holders from all around the region.

Rotary Club of Hall spokesperson, Tony Howard, said ‘The reputation of the markets attracts producers and growers from far and wide. With new stall holder enquiries coming in every week, 2010 is set to be bigger than ever, once these stall holders pass the stringent market approval process.’

Since its inception in 2004, the markets have grown from a mere 18 stalls attracting around 250 visitors to more than 100 stalls attracting around 5,000 visitors on a weekly basis. In 2010 these numbers are expected to grow as the demand for fresh local produce increases.

‘A growing number of consumers prefer to buy fresh, locally grown produce due to the superior quality and flavour of the food. They are becoming more aware and they want to know where their food has come from’ Tony said.

This weekend will be the second week for the markets since the New Year and visitors can expect a spectacular array of the region’s best seasonal produce.

‘This week’s markets are set to be absolutely fantastic, there is a great range of seasonal fruit and veggies. The stonefruit; peaches, nectarines and plums are delicious at the moment’ Tony said.

The Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra 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. It is held every Saturday morning at Exhibition Park from 8 am to 11 am.

All funds 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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