UNITED GROWERS PTY LTD PROFILE
The first farmers market at the Warwick Farm Racecourse site was held in October 2003 and was conducted and funded by the NSW Farmers Association.
The Farmers association controlled the market until November 2004 at which time it decided to close, due to escalating costs.
As the market had a growing following of customers, not only from the local south west region of Sydney, but an increasing number of customers who travelled from all parts of the Metropolitan area including the Eastern and Southern suburbs as well as The Illawarra and Blue Mountains regions; a meeting of all stallholders was held and it was resolved to continue the market.
A company was formed by 11 farmer shareholders each contributing the capital and working funds from their own pockets. United Growers Pty Ltd was formed in November 2004 and commenced trading as “Warwick Farm Trackside Market”, without any interruption to its customers.
The initial concept of the market was continued, in that only producers actually growing or producing fresh produce and products were allowed to sell at the market. Re-sellers who purchase produce/products from the wholesale markets and then on-sell at a retail level were seen as contrary to the spirit of the market providing the freshest, healthiest and most value products; every effort has been made to exclude such stall-holders.
In an effort to increase the variety of produce available to customers it was resolved to allow existing farmers to purchase fresh produce from their neighbors or other farmers directly.
The venue is rented weekly from the Australian Jockey Club and provides a wonderful site for an open air market with unlimited parking at the market site. Trading occurs from 8am to 12 noon each Saturday.
The ambiance and facilities lend a country air of relaxed friendliness in the city.
The market is located on a concrete all weather site behind the main grandstand of the Racecourse. A number of historic London plane trees and other large trees provide leafy shade in the summer months and allow glorious sunshine to flood in during the cooler months of the year.
Tables and chairs are provided and allow customers to enjoy taking a break from shopping to sample Australian grown coffee and enjoy a range of asian and middle eastern, as well as good old aussie fare for breakfast, morning tea or a brunch.
A real relaxed clique of patrons has developed, some groups spending more than 2-3 hours at the site after completing their shopping.
We are proud to say the market has almost never ceased to trade. Neither bushfires, hailstorms nor floods have stopped the market. However, the presence of Equine Influenza in August 2007 forced the market to relocate temporarily to Chipping Norton and we were closed for 2 Saturdays only. The temporary site was utilized for 12 months and on the 23 August 2008 the move back to Warwick Farm with great fan fair and celebrations. Many thanks to Liverpool City Council for their assistance to re-locate and ongoing.
Stallholders and Produce
The 11 shareholders sell produce such as eggs, fresh cut flowers, leafy vegetables, hard vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, stone & pome-fruits, and oranges in season, . All but two of these farmers grow their produce within the Sydney Basin, ensuring that their food travels minimal ‘food miles’ before it reaches the consumer.
The other stallholders travel each weekend to the city from towns as far away as Batlow, Byron Bay, Cowra, Narromine, Young, Yeoval as well as in and around the Sydney area.
Produce is fresh picked and in season. The market sells such a diverse range as to satisfy the most discerning shopper. Products as such as milk, organic cheeses, apple and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, nuts, nashi, olives & olive oil, pet food, hand made soaps and lotions, pasta, honey, jams and sauces, cakes and biscuits, sourdough and other breads, to name just a few.
We are constantly adding new food to our lines.
Remember, at this market you can expect the freshest possible produce and you can talk to the person who helped grow or make it. You can find out the names of varieties you like, as well as those you don’t. You can try new varieties or types of produce and provide valuable feedback to the grower or developer.
Your food is personal to you - and to the grower; let’s keep it that way.
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