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Published on Dec 13, 2010
www.signsofchange.org.nz Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND
Timaru Farmers Market (TFM) operates a vibrant Sunday morning market at Caroline Bay, year round, where local farmers, growers and producers sell direct to our local community. Managed by a not-for- profit committee the market is also a community focal point for ideas, dialogue and activities supporting sustainable living. TFM is organised by a voluntary committee. It is a not-for-profit venture born out of think-tank discussions around local sustainability. It is a project of Transition Timaru. At the inception of the market the question people asked was "How do we get to eat all the great food that is grown in our own backyard? It's fresh, has next to no-food miles, and yet most of it is sent to larger centres or exported" TFM was launched on Nov 8th 2009 and grew rapidly, with a loyal customer base and a surprising number of community initiatives using the market as a hub.