Frankston Farmers’ Market will become a permanent fixture in Wells Street after being embraced by the community.
Peter Arnold, who runs the market, said fresh produce had been a hit with shoppers and was the key behind its success. “I was dubious when we first started it … (but) the people of Frankston have really patronised it,” Mr Arnold said. “The support locals have given us is overwhelming.”
Mr Arnold said the market would continue weekly on Thursdays from 8am to 2pm after a successful trial. “Locals meet the producer, find out how to cook it, how to store it, where it comes from and they get a story to their food,” he said.
Chris Helleren, who sells gourmet products, said the market was growing weekly and there had been a warm response from shoppers. Mark and Brenda Robinson said the market had helped them develop their gluten-free brand. The couple sell their own peanut butter and Vegemitestyle spreads made with fish oil — combinations they created after their grandchildren struggled to take fish oil as capsules. They also sell mayo with flaxseed oil.
Shopper Alex Gardiner said the market made the city centre more inviting. “It’s opening up Frankston,” Ms Gardiner said. “It helps invite people to come into Frankston.”
Mayor Sandra Mayer said she was rapt the market was here to stay. “We’ve all enjoyed the delights of the local fresh produce coming to our city each Thursday,” Cr Mayer said. “Our local traders have supported the idea too and are also receiving the flow on economic benefits.”