For just the second time since the market began on 1st January this year, the Tuesday afternoon Moruya Farmers Market has had to be cancelled, due to heavy rain.
The first time was back in February, when the market was cancelled due to a severe fire danger warning.
“The market’s committee wanted to wait until as late as possible to make a decision about whether the market should go ahead, but we received a call from Council on Monday informing us that Riverside Park is closed,” said the market’s site coordinator, Kate Raymond.
“It’s a real disappointment, as we’ve had such good luck with weather so far. Last week was the first time we had rain in almost six month’s of trade. We got caught out with a couple of showers, but most stall holders reported no or very little impact on their trade.
“It was great to see people undaunted by a little rain and coming down to buy their local produce, holding their umbrellas and sheltering under the stall holders’ marquees. The atmosphere was so… so convivial, as friends and strangers shared whatever shelter there was. They’re a very loyal and hardy lot, our customers, and we want to be there for them if we possibly can.”
However, the last 24 hours has brought too much rain for the market to proceed this week.
The Moruya Farmers Market recently reaffirmed its declaration to trade all year round, through every season. Stall holders were consulted about whether to keep trading even as we enter the depths of winter and the unanimous response was to continue.
The market’s committee would like the community to know that some dedicated stall holders have given their guarantee to stay open for the after-work crowd until 5.30pm. The winter solstice has just passed, bringing more light with each passing week, so 9-5 workers can be assured that they won’t miss out on the fabulous local food on offer.