1 February 2021

Canberra’s newest farmers' market to opens at Haig Park

| Michael Weaver
Rosie and Alex on the site of the Haig Park Village Markets at Braddon

Rosie Green and Alex Webb on the site of the Haig Park Village Markets at Braddon. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra’s vibrant market scene will have another farmers’ market for those seeking to support local producers when the Haig Park Village Market opens in Braddon for the first time on Sunday, 7 February.

The market will support local and regional producers while encouraging visitors to stay and enjoy the surroundings. Local live music and places to relax will also allow locals to connect for workshops and other community initiatives.

Market director Rosie Green said more than 40 stallholders have already been secured, while the market will be an evolving collaboration of farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people seeking to share their specialties.

“We are working to create a lively community hub and want to ensure the Haig Park Village Market is not only a great place to get fresh produce for the week, but a place where people can spend the day, connect with each other, our stallholders, and learn about the food they eat,” Rosie said.

“Braddon is the perfect place to create this market and we are excited to have the support of the ACT Government to deliver these markets in the beautiful Haig Park.”

Haig Park market

The ACT Government has wanted to increase use of the park (Artist’s impression). Image: Supplied.

The market at Haig Park follows an almost $1 million project that trialled a range of improvements and events in Haig Park for more permanent changes to revitalise the little-used green space in the inner north.

Many stallholders are from other markets at EPIC and the Southside Farmers’ Market, while a number of new stallholders are taking the opportunity to sell their produce in the inner north of Canberra.

The market will be held every Sunday (from 7 February) rain, hail or shine, from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Fellow market director Alexandra Webb said she and her good friend Rosie are proud Canberrans who have long wanted to set up a market in Canberra’s inner north.

“Markets are not just about selling produce and craft, they are a community within a community – a place to come together, get to know one another and celebrate everything that is local,” Alex said.

“There will be live music, delicious food and places to relax at the market which will eventually also include a host of community initiatives such as workshops, discussions, and activities to provide a way for locals to connect.

“While the market is still in the development phase, there is substantial initial interest from stallholders, indicating that it will grow quickly.”

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People can expect to find an array of fresh produce such as eggs, artisan bread, flowers and food items from local producers. There will also be handmade soaps, cosmetics and a contingent of crafts.

Dogs are also welcome as Haig Park is generally is a great place to walk the dog. Just make sure you bring some water and keep them on a lead.

Working together with regional growers and local business, the markets will create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike,” said Alex.

New stallholders are encouraged to contact Rosie and Alex through the Haig Park Village Markets website for more information.

Original Article published by Michael Weaver on The RiotACT.

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