New colours help market shoppers
HAVE you ever felt confused about "organic", "local" and "non-organic"?
At the Bellingen Growers Market organisers have now introduced a colour coding system to help make it easier for shoppers: green for certified organic, yellow for locally grown and chemical free and red for locally grown with conventional farming practices.
Over the years the market has shifted from being a purely organic market to a more inclusive market, acknowledging the importance of buying food grown locally even if it is not organic.
"Locally grown" means anywhere within 100 kilometres of Bellingen – which means the food is fresher and has required less fuel to reach its destination.
Organisers encourage stall holders to display the origin of any produce that is not local.
This Saturday the market will be having a big Easter raffle to raise funds to ensure its own solid future.
The market is held at the Bellingen Showgrounds from 8am.