Newcastle Farmers Market, where unity, health and job creation combines

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In a society where shopping is becoming more and more commercialised, the Newcastle Farmers Market is a breath of fresh air. Allowing Newcastillians to embrace a new era of shopping for the freshest produce and products.

Becoming a popular highlight on Newcastle’s social calendar, the Newcastle Farmers Market is more than a mere event where people can shop for trinkets.

Zuliana Zaya, founder of Zaya Africa and the driving force behind the Newcastle Farmers Market, explains the event holds several benefits for the local community.

But how does a farmer’s market benefit a town such as Newcastle?

Zuliana explains one of the facets in which the Newcastle Farmers Market benefits the local community, is through job creation. “There are not many jobs in Newcastle, and this creates a platform for new and existing entrepreneurs to grow and develop.”

Through offering local entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products in a family-orientated environment, Zuliana hopes to do her part in eradicating poverty, thereby seeing Newcastle becoming a self-sustaining town.

Arisha Dheochand at the last Newcastle Farmers Market.
But the benefits of the Newcastle Farmers Market do not end there. As a community-driven initiative, the marketplace is an ideal way to break barriers between the various cultures and people of Newcastle.

“Regardless of race, culture and religion, the market creates a safe environment for people of different walks of life to engage and socialise with each other. If we want to eradicate issues such as racism, this is one of the ways where we as a community can get together and do it,” Zuliana emphasises.

Creating a new vibe and atmosphere within the community through the Newcastle Farmers Market, there is also the health aspect which the initiative offers.

With all the products being homemade or grown locally, the market reminds the community of the importance of supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs.

Zuliana explains that as local individuals focus on growing seasonal foods, the community can rest assured the produce is fresh and does not come from outside the town’s borders.

Christine de Villiers, Karen Brown and Megan Dickie at the last Newcastle Farmers Market.

“Why are we getting our potatoes from China? Why are we buying chickens from Brazil? Also, it isn’t natural that we are purchasing seasonal foods all year round.”

Through supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs, the Newcastle Farmers Market allows the community to enjoy fresh produce, which has not been exposed to an array of chemicals and pesticides.

With the market growing steadily, with an array of produce and products available, as well as a cocktail bar and live entertainment, Zuliana is looking at ways to expand the offering.

One of the ways in which she wants to see it grow is through new products being sold.

“I am looking for people who do cheese and organic vegan milk. This is an ideal opportunity for people to invest in themselves, as the Newcastle Farmers Market offers a platform to people for them to achieve.”

The Newcastle Farmers Market will be taking place at Grey Goose on August 31, from 9 am until 3 pm.

For more information on the event, be sure to visit the Newcastle Farmers Market’s Facebook page on @thenewcastlefarmersmarket or Whatsapp Zuliana on 081 564 0099.

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