Carlton Farmers Market to close due to Carlton Primary School Building Developments
Carlton Farmers’ Market, held on the first Saturday of each month and managed by Melbourne Farmers Markets, will be holding their final market this Saturday 2 September 2017 and moving to a new site.
Melbourne Farmers Market’s Managing Director, Miranda Sharp says she is pleased for Carlton Primary School, which has received funding to build new facilities on the market’s existing location but “sad to say goodbye to the partnership developed over the last three years. We are just sorting out the final details of a new farmers’ market site so there’s a lot of opportunity and potential in the move,” adds Sharp.
Carlton Primary School was awarded extensive funding from the State Government for the modernisation of their existing school buildings and infrastructure. The redevelopment works were scheduled earlier than expected which unfortunately deems the site unusable for the monthly market activity from October.
Melbourne Farmers Markets would like to thank Carlton Primary School, the local neighbourhood and organisations for their support of the market community. Specifically, the 2016 Community Grant received from the City of Melbourne, with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services at the Atherton Gardens Public Housing Estate, enabled Melbourne Farmers Markets to partner with Fitzroy Learning Network and Cultivating Communities to deliver two ten-week courses to assist migrant women to start their own food businesses. The establishment of Harari Kitchens, a family operated traditional Ethiopian food business has been trading regularly at the Carlton Farmers’ Market and University of Melbourne Farmers’ Market as a direct outcome of this grant.
Melbourne Farmers Markets will provide an update shortly on the alternative site where the 30+ Victorian producers and food businesses will be offered a new home.
Melbourne Farmers Markets is a not-for-profit social enterprise, operating seven accredited markets around Melbourne, supporting over 300 Victorian food businesses and providing fresh, seasonal produce to urban communities.
Carlton Farmers’ Market customers are encouraged to keep in touch on the CarltonFM Facebook page and find out about the upcoming new farmers markets run by Melbourne Farmers Markets through their newsletter via www.mfm.com.au
Prudence Rothwell, Business Manager, Melbourne Farmers Markets