Posted by Ian Salek
The weather was magnificent on Easter Saturday morning with blue skies and temperatures in the mid twenties. Whilst there were only 23 paying Stallholders present all key areas of produce were covered, fish, red meat, pork, bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables, honey, jam, wine and pasties etc. Our regular coffee vendor, Eureka, decided to take the Easter break and we were most grateful that Nickie Wainwright found us a late fill-in who we did not charge to be present. Along with the staples of meat, fruit, vegetable, bread and eggs coffee is essential at a Farmers Market. On a most pleasant warm Saturday morning it encouraged patrons to sit under the trees and enjoy the ambience with something to eat and drink.
It is relevant to note that the start-up of our first Saturday of the Month Markets has been thwarted by difficult conditions. The threat of poor weather forced us into the carpark in February and this Easter Saturday Market meant that both Stallholders and patrons that would have come along were away. Nevertheless as I reported to Rotary Glenferrie on the 23rd March, comparing the first Quarter of calendar 2021 to the same Quarter in 2020 the increment of the first Saturday Markets in 2021 has been beneficial - albeit that in making the comparison the Market was cancelled in March 2020. The first Saturday of the Month Markets in February and March 2021 combined have meant 54 more Stalls attending, 1,076 more Patrons and $6,202 more dollars generated for charity plus of course the added sense of ‘community’ the Market brings. (I have attached a separate summary along with this Market Report).
We had a new Stallholder with us on Saturday, Kuti Wholesale, who make and sell a range of hummus dips including dessert sweet dips.  Additionally Natural Pasta a regular Stallholder on the third and fifth Saturday, has now decided to join us on the first Saturday. This is the same move made by Cocoa Rhapsody the chocolate vendor. We are currently talking with another organic vegetable supplier who is keen to join us on all Saturdays. We are therefore slowly building a presence for this first Saturday of the month Market.
As I have mentioned in all my previous Reports I make apologies for continually repeating my thanks to Rotary and other Volunteers who make this Market happen. Thank you Robert Winspear for making my Site Plan practically apply so cleverly on Patterson Reserve, and for your persistent early morning work that you do to successfully place Stalls on the Reserve. Thank you Wayne Worladge – my understudy – for checking the Site Plan details and assisting with signage and filling in on the Early Shift. Thank you to the Captain of that Shift, Past President Don Moore and his team of Jerzy Ordega, Boroondara Junction Ward Councillor Di Gillies and Rotary Club of Melbourne Rotarian Rob Nethercote. Thank you to the Captain of the Late Shift, Past President Robert Hogan and his team of Miffy Hogan, Tim Gale and Canterbury Rotarian Bob Lambert who is on the Committee of the Boroondara Cares Foundation.
We are also most grateful for Rob and Miffy Hogan’s work on the Roster and for Boroondara Farmers Market Treasurer and Past President John Suriano’s invoicing and constant payment follow-up. David Fallick, Michael Hills, Ros and Robert Winspear thank you for walking the Market calendar date cards around you neighbourhoods.
Our financial result for 3/4/2021 was as follows:-
        Stallholders (23)   $1,725.00
        Customers (538*) $1,075.15
        Total for Day         $2,800.15
Next Boroondara Farmers Market: Saturday, April 17th , 2021.
Ian Salek
Market Secretary and Co- Chair.