6 February 2014

Minutes of Farmers Market Committee Meeting

Thursday 6 February 2014, 12.30 p.m.

SAGE Garden, Moruya

1. Attendance/apologies

Present: Kate Raymond, Vivienne Moss, Sandra Makdessi, Stuart Whitelaw

Apologies: Isabelle Hennequin, Penny Cook, Hughen McCongaghy, Geoff Scott

2. Minutes of previous meeting

Minutes were accepted by Kate and seconded by Stuart.

Matters arising

  • Farm visits – Luke Hemler’s property was visited by Kate, Sandra and Stuart and a profile is being prepared.
    • Kate/Sandra
  • Market financial sustainability – Contingent on meeting with council to discuss site fees.
  • Graphic Design brief. One return brief has been received and another due tomorrow. If neither are suitable then the option to approach another designer – specifically Don and Russell (Inky Smudge) – was agreed. Stuart has removed himself from the appraisal panel.
    • Kate/Sandra
  • Helen and Dave’s request to sell pot plants – resolved to ask Jane Adams from Australian Farmers’ Market Assoc to advise.
    • Kate
  • E-commerce – further progress awaiting the logo resolution.
  • Problem of producers advising they would be at the markets and then not turning up which creates gaps in prime positions. Kate suggested that a punitive approach was not in keeping with the spirit of our markets and that we ask stallholders as a matter of courtesy that she be notified 24 hours in advance of any changes.
    • Kate

3. Financial Report

See attached.

4. Any other business

  • Meeting with Council GM Dr Catherine Dale to discuss markets license. Main issues to be canvassed:
    • Markets only require to be on site from 2pm to 6pm, so pro rata adjustment of license fees for time on site will be requested.
    • How can Council help us get more people to the markets?
    • Events at Riverside Park (including the farmers market) need some simple, modular sign support structures on the approaches to Moruya as well as adjacent to the Riverside Park sign.
    • Suggest that recommendations of the food security summit be implemented regarding returning all income from farmers markets to not for profit groups promoting sustainable agriculture.
    • Our markets are expensive compared to Bega ($12) and Saturday markets ($20), yet are barely financially sustainable.
  • River Cottage relationship – Aim to continue to build on this to increase profile of both local growers and markets themselves. Possible tourism outcomes that may be of interest to council.

Next Meeting – 10am Thursday 6 March at the SAGE Garden (Kate’s place if raining).

No further business. The meeting closed at 7.30 p.m.