A MOVEMENT encouraging locals to tuck into home-grown produce that has taken off in Wagga could be replicated in Griffith.
The weekly farmers market called Eat Local Thursday has gone from strength to strength since it started on February 27 at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC).
Organiser Pennie Scott said the same thing could happen here, if the right person could be found to drive it.
The first event in Wagga attracted a crowd of almost 1000, selling out most stalls even before the market entered its last hour of trade.
“To find the right person to coordinate it in Griffith is what we need,” Ms Scott said.
“It is a money making venture. I’m dead set keen to make this commercially viable.
“I think the right person would need to be an entrepreneur, an event coordinator and also know a bit about real estate because you need to find the right venue, with undercover parking, power and ambience.
“Someone who loves people, loves food and has a background in organics would be ideal.”
As a self proclaimed bush goddess, Ms Scott said Eat Local Thursday was good news not only for producers, but also for buyers looking to pick up the best produce the region has to offer.
“With a weekly opportunity to trade, producers can improve their cash-flow which makes them more financially viable and in turn increases our nation’s food security,” she said.
“Part of the picture is to divert some of the leakage from going out of town through supermarkets.
“There is no point growing anything unless there are trading opportunities for the growers to sell their produce and, in doing so, become and remain prosperous.
“If we want to have food security we need to do something now. This is about feeding Australia first.”
For more information about Eat Local Thursday contact Pennie on 0427 441 107.