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Going to the supermarket is definitely not fun.

For most people, the weekly shop is a last minute dash filled with long queues, passive aggressive fellow shoppers and confusion over what organic actually means. Canberra’s newest farmers market, Farmers and Foodies, wants to put the fun back into food shopping.

“It doesn’t have to be boring!” says Stacey Allen, a local beef farmer and the brains behind Farmers and Foodies.

“Farmers and Foodies came about because I’m a farmer myself and I also love food,” she says. “I love the culture, and I found the farmers markets in Canberra were excellent but they were lacking a bit of soul. There wasn’t a real community feel to it, so I wanted to create a place where people could go and have a couple of drinks after work with friends while they get their produce.”

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Stacey grew up on a farm and now runs a cattle stud and raises commercial beef cattle near Bungendore with her husband. Before she had children, they sold at produce markets in Sydney and she is now hoping to recreate a community food experience in Kingston. The connection between the farmer and the foodie is becoming more and more important as consumers navigate the ethical and nutritional value of their food. Stacey believes that farmers markets are an important link in food education and enjoyment.

“I want to get back into selling at markets because I love being able to have a great rapport with my clients and see people enjoy the products,” she says. “I think people are definitely conscious of where their food comes from, there’s a really strong food culture in Canberra. We like to know that its free from chemicals, has been ethically produced and the animals have been well taken care of.”

Bredbo Black Garlic, one of the stallholders at Farmers & Foodies

Bredbo Black Garlic, one of the stallholders at Farmers & Foodies

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

“Everything you need for your weekly produce shop you can get there,” Stacey says. “The producers we’ve got coming are excellent and they really put their heart and soul into the produce. Farmers & Foodies will be different.”

the essentials

What: Farmers and Foodies Markets
When: Every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm
Where: Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Deot Markets

Image of ‘couple buying…‘ via Shutterstock

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