People come to the market for different things. Some come for the community and the experience of connection to where their food comes from. Some come for the organic produce available. Some come because they can get a wide variety of locally grown, fresh produce. Some come for spray free. Some come for the great prices available from our stall holders. Some come just to be part of the market. I am proud that we can offer so many things for so many different needs and desires.
To make sure everyone gets what they are after we have recognised the need to clarify the communications around what is on offer at the market. The immediate area of focus is food provenance and growing methods.
‘Food provenance‘ means where your food comes from i.e. where is it grown, raised or reared i.e. it’s point of origin.
We will be working with our stallholders to make this clear on GLFM signage, digital media and communications. Please also feel free to engage and enquire with stallholders if you want to know more about where their produce is grown.
Under the market terms and conditions Stallholders are permitted to on-sell local produce from other growers if cleared by me as the manager. This is usually to ensure a good range of fresh produce is available for our community. Anything not grown directly by a stall holder is to be identified as coming from another local farm.
Organic – Organic certification is an independent validation of a producers claim to be organic. The food is grown naturally and without the routine use of synthetic agricultural pesticides or fertilisers.
Bio-dynamic – Biodynamics is a spiritual – ethical – ecological approach to agriculture. The aim is to treat the farm as a living system which interacts with the environment to produce food that nourishes and vitalises. Like organics the food is grown naturally and without the routine use of synthetic agricultural pesticides or fertilisers.
Spray-free – Produce that is grown without the use of synthetic sprays. The core focus is on avoiding the use of chemical insecticides.
For further clarification the GLFM definition of spray -free refers to vegetables that are not certified organic but have been grown using some or mostly organic principles. Avoiding the use of insecticides is the main focus of the term ‘spray-free.’ Secondary requirements are minimising chemical fertilisers and using natural systems such as compost to improve soil quality. To qualify as spray-free, produce must not (at any point in their production) have been sprayed with: • Any insecticide including so-called organic insecticides such as pyrethrum (naturally occurring virus or bacteria or ground up insect bodies are acceptable) Any of the present chemicals that fall within the grouping of conventional pesticides (copper fungicides and oils are acceptable).
Conventional – Conventional farming allows the use of synthetic chemicals such as fertilisers and pesticides. In the case of animal products antibiotics and hormones may also be used.
The GLFM does give priority to stallholders who make an effort to use locally sourced ingredients, as well as those who use fair trade, organic, spray free and free range however there are some conventionally grown items at the market as well.
Stallholders are asked to clearly label their produce. We have organic produce available that is certified and non-certified. There is also spray-free and conventionally grown produce. Our stallholders are always happy to discuss their farming practices directly with customers and I encourage you to do that.
Once again we will be working with our stallholders to make the growing methods clear at point of sale signs, on GLFM signage, digital media and communications. Please also feel free to engage and enquire with stallholders if you want to know more about how their produce is grown.