March 17, 2012 The Land BY ANDREW MARSHALL
WORLD NEWS: Australia
AUSTRALIA’S fledgling farmers market movement might not seem much of a player compared to the shopping power of today’s supermarket giants, but surging support for community produce markets indicates they have struck a chord with consumers.
Even property developers are looking at how to include farmers market venues in new shopping precincts or urban planning projects, said national representative on the Australian Farmers Markets Association Jane Adams.
New research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) found that 44 per cent of the 160-plus weekly or monthly farmers markets across Australia service a population of almost 50,000 customers.
In capital cities, which host a third of Australia’s farmers markets, the total customer base is about 100,000.
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