Next Market: Saturday October 28th, 2017

2018:  Saturdays:  January 27, April 28, July 28, October 27.

Produce Market - fresh tomatoes

Produce Market – fresh tomatoes

Held at the Community Hall once each season – learn more about the Seasonal Produce Market from their website here. More than just a market, this is truly an event, which  attracts many visitors and locals who chose to spend a few hours soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the “added extras”.

The diverse range of produce for sale includes vegetable seedlings, fruit, vegetables,, plants and flowers, beautiful home -baked goods (including famous Nethercote cakes and quiches), jams & sauces, olives & olive oil, plus grass-fed beef, free-range chooks and eggs and smoked fish.  While most of the stallholders are truly local Nethercotians, the only stipulation is that produce comes from within 250ks of Bega.  Being not-for-profit, any funds raised are used towards improving future produce markets .  Seed funding is available for anyone who wishes to grow specifically towards future markets; no obligation or risk and “no worries” if the crop fails.

Excellent coffee is available and the Nethercote Residents’ Association cooks up great bacon and egg rolls.  Musical entertainment will be provided by local Jazz trio “Easy Street” – back by ever-popular demand.  A fun and informative cooking demonstration will happen again in the fabulous stainless-steel industrial kitchen.

Nethercote is a great place for growing your own veggies, particulary root vegetables. Nethercote’s cold climate also makes it a great place for growing a range of fruit, including a variety of apples, stone fruit & citrus.

Fresh food production is being actively encouraged within Nethercote and neighbouring areas by a group of locals keen to promote vegetable growing for healthy lifestyle reasons and to grow sufficient excess to sell at Nethercote’s Seasonal Produce Markets, which are held quarterly in and around the community hall. The rules for selling produce at these markets are simple:

  •  Any money you make from sales is yours

  • You pay a small fee for your stall to help cover costs ($10)

  • The markets are run on a non-profit basis by Karen Lott who just likes the idea of getting fresh and locally grown produce at great prices to the market place.

  •  The seasonal produce markets have nothing to do with the Nethercote Residents’ Association Inc., although NRAI does run a market stall selling excellent breakfasts

  • You don’t have to have a lot of produce available to take part in the market. You don’t even have to have your own stall. Even if you only have half a bucket of tomatoes or green beans to sell, you can leave it with the general garden stall and you’ll be paid for it

  • Experience, so far, with every market , has been that demand always outstrips supply

  • Should there be any excess, there are restaurants and shops always ready to buy it. 

  • Seasonal Produce Markets are kept afloat with income from stall rentals, sales of tea and coffee, and from the market raffle which is always a fabulous hamper, made up on the day from generous donations of produce from stallholders.. 

To encourage and assist people in their growing enterprises, occasional informal information/question & answer sessions are held when local growers (professionals and gifted amateurs) share their knowledge and experience. These sessions will be listed in the “Events” section on this website. Also available at these sessions:
  • planting guides and calendars

  • useful handouts – such as recipes for organic weed sprays

  • a seedbank (set up and donated by Bega Valley Seed Savers Group) for purchase or exchange of seeds

  • free seedlings may be available to help new growers

Suggestions:

  • to see a calendar of when to plant different veggies in Nethercote, click here

  • to see planting notes for those veggies, click here,

  • to see Pete Cundall’s formula for home-made organic fungicide, click here,

  • to see a formula for a home-made organic oil spray suitable for use in Nethercote, click here.

  • to see a calendar of upcoming markets, check the booking calendar in the sidebar.

WE ARE KEEN TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO GROW A CROP OF THEIR CHOICE, SPECIFICALLY TOWARDS FUTURE MARKETS OR IF YOU CAN LEND A HAND ON A STALL OR HELPING OUT  (Contact: Karen 6495 7102 karenlott@bigpond.com.)

We welcome any additonal information and useful link suggestions – just contact Karen.

For more information or if you would like to assist at the market as it takes many hands to keep this wonderful vibrant market afloat: Karen Lott (6495 7102)