Minutes of Farmers Market Committee Meeting
Friday 8 July 2016, 1 p.m.
Kate’s Place, T*****, Moruya
It was noted that Caroline has resigned as she has returned to Canada.
Present: Kate Raymond, Stuart Whitelaw, Penny Cook, Geoff Scott, Sandra Makdessi
Apologies: Martin Gribble
2. Minutes of previous meeting
Minutes were accepted by Kate and seconded by Stuart.
- Stallholder inspections – McCash Oysters and Mogendoura Farm have been completed. Affordable Seafood had to cancel again. There is a full schedule until the end of the year.
- E-market pickup/commercialisation – Establishment of the Rustic Pantry website is ongoing. Kate will advise when further progress is made.
- Stall holder survey – Kate advised that Lexy is keen to undertake a survey looking at possible gaps in the market product range. It was agreed to add this to the FM website as an opportunity for people to make comment, etc.
3. Financial Report
Geoff presented his report. Stuart talked about the Wollongong markets and how much more the stallholders pay there. There was discussion about the pros and cons of raising the fees including the possibility of using some of the money from the quarterly support we will be receiving from Council for some ongoing support for our interns.
4. Any other business
- E-market/central pickup – Sandra made a proposal for her and Dean to take this over with a future view to a delivery service. There was discussion about how to develop the business to have maximum impact for stallholders and customers, and the best IT system we would need. Sandra and Dean will start running the central pickup next week and in the meantime they will develop a brochure with Kate plus talk to the large employers in the area. Kate will talk to Andrew Greenway at Council to float some ideas about using some of the money from the Rural Lands Strategy deal as this fits a number of their requirements.
- Update on meeting with Council re license – This meeting went very well and Council responded well to all the requests made. They will include our wet weather plan in the license agreement.
- PR release/media strategy kit – Apparently one of the doctors in the Bay has been giving misguided information about the markets to his patients. Stuart agreed to write a PR piece targeting our local doctors making them aware of the advantages of eating local, fresh food
- Stuart advised the meeting that he is editing copy for the Food Stories tour brochure. Raymond Hawkins is offering a tour next year, aimed at people who want to make a difference in the food industry. It will start in Sydney and come down to Moruya where participants will stay at the Riverside Caravan Park. They will shop at the markets and eat a meal prepared by Sandra and Stuart, then spend a day touring farms around Moruya before heading down to Narooma to see the fish people and go out to Montague Island. Profits for the tour will be shared equally with SAGE and then Raymond will be handing the whole thing over to SAGE to manage any future tours.
- Kate advised she will be on a panel representing AFMA after the showing of the movie “Sustainable” in Sydney next week. This is part of the Slow Food Festival.
Next Meeting: Friday 5 August at venue to be confirmed.
No further business. The meeting closed at 2.30 p.m.