Altona Meadows is expected to attract thousands to its first regional farmers market this Sunday.
Altona Meadows Community Association president Jodi Martin said it was “a dream come true“ to become the 16th place in Victoria to host a market.
She said the market, to be held at AB Shaw Reserve from 9am-2pm on the first Sunday of the month, would draw people to the suburb.
“The market came about after residents asked the Altona Meadows Community Association to investigate the possibility of a farmers market,“ Ms Martin said.
“So, after a year of talks, it has resulted in a green light for the community, which is thrilling.
“The market location was decided on due to accessibility to public transport – bus and train – as well as the open space and proximity to toilet facilities.“
Regional Farmers Markets’ Melissa Burge said the Altona Meadows move had been about 15 months in the making.
“It’s been ages getting it up but we’re very excited,“ she said.
“Everyone was really excited about having a community meeting place and fresh food and good affordable prices and things for the kids.
“Our brief, as an independent farmers market operator, is that our mission statement is to create ’food communities’.
“We run traditional farmers markets – authentic ones.
“The most important thing is having fabulous fresh produce and having farmers and producers selling it.“
Other markets include ones held at Williamstown on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.