Michael and Cheryl Smith have big plans.
Michael and Cheryl Smith have big plans.

Big plans for Yamba Famers Market with new operators

A SUSTAINABLE change is on the horizon for the Yamba Farmers Market.

The Organic Matters Foundation, run by husband and wife team Michael and Cheryl Smith, has been granted the license to operate the Yamba Farmers Market for the next three years.

Starting from next week they will take the reigns from the Challacombe family, who have operated and managed the markets for years.

Mr Smith said they hoped to adequately fill their shoes.

"They've done a very good job and should be congratulated," he said.

"Hopefully we can shape up and do just as good."

The Organic Matters Foundation, run out of the Smiths' organic farm at Mororo, is a small not-for-profit organisation which works in Australia and the South Pacific to educate people on sustainable farming practices and the importance of soil health.

Mr Smith said he believed it was time for the organisation to step up and increase its presence in the Clarence Valley.

What better way to do that than by connecting local farmers with people who like to eat good food.

"We believe the Valley's ready for this type of social enterprise; we're very conscious of the population coming here from the north and that brings all the funky stuff with it," he said.

"(The Organic Matters Foundation) is a social enterprise for us to help build the local food community.

"The markets give us a really good platform to promote and do that."

The agricultural expert added that they had plans to "mix up" the market and make it the place to be.

In the future, market-goers can expect to see a larger range of local artisan products alongside food sellers

"The council has been very helpful in their desire to help us grow," he said.

"What we want to do is create a bit of diversity across the market and show people what's available in our market.

"We've got ideas on where we'd like to take the market in the future; we'll have a look at what we can do to mix it up and make it a fun place to be.

"People are going to see some interesting things at the Yamba Markets, but when we take over it will be business as usual until the dust settles."

The Yamba Farmers Market runs from 7am-1pm every Wednesday at the Whiting Beach car park.

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