Now that we are all restricted to venturing no further than 5 kilometres from our homes, how and where you buy your food becomes so much more relevant. A day out to shop at market can be become a pleasurable pastime and an opportunity to get some fresh air. It is also an opportunity to help your local businesses stay in business.
Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market has always made a commitment to the notion of reducing food miles and shopping locally. Our whole philosophy is based on thinking global and acting local, which has offered up challenges as well as opportunities during Stage 4 COVID19 lockdown. Our networks within the hospitality industry mean we have seen friends and colleagues struggling to stay afloat and our position with the market being able to trade as an essential service has offered us the opportunity to lend a helping hand. So once more we reassess and rethink how we operate within our local community and what we can do to keep people trading.
This has seen us welcome new stallholders many of whom are local businesses looking for creative options to stay afloat in these difficult times. Often that means changing the nature of catering or events management businesses to become producers of take home meals.
Buying direct at market gives you an opportunity to get to know your producers, but what you may not have realised is that many of them are also neighbours.
Many of these businesses are local people trading and working within the 5K radius, so when you buy from them you are truly supporting your local community and traders.