Farmer's market

The Wingham Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday January, 4.

The Wingham Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday January, 4.

THE January feature producer at the Wingham Farmers’ Market is Peter Longworth of Kundle Park Limousins. Peter is the third generation farming on the family’s 700 acre property at Kundle Kundle, just north of Taree. Peter will be at the markets this Saturday at the Wingham Showgrounds.

The Longworth’s have a number of enterprises on their farm. They run about 150 head of Limousin beef cattle on chemical spray free pastures. They harvest the paspalum and carpet grass seeds from these pastures for bulk sale; and at the markets you are able to buy the grasses as bale hay for stock feed and mulch. The mulch hay is perfect for your veggie garden right now to protect it from the summer heat and hold in the water.

Peter is also the local distributer for ‘A. C. Backrubs’ (A. C. stands for Australian Cattle). The product is an ingenious solution to insect pests on cattle, developed in Queensland. It consists of Australian organic oils, such as tea tree, eucalyptus, and citronella, in a special blend. The ‘cattle coat’ in particular prevents buffalo fly, common fly and ticks; and the ‘pony coat’ for horses targets Queensland itch, as well as flies and ticks. The stock are able to self-apply the oils via a specially designed backrub, which will also be on display at the markets.

At the next Wingham Farmers’ Market this Saturday there will be an array of fresh products straight from local farms, including fruit and vegetables, honey, and seedlings. At 10am in the Tea Rooms there will be a special screening of the Polyface Farm DVD, featuring internationally renowned family farming champion Joel Salatin. Joel will be visiting the Manning Valley in February, so come along to this free event and see what the fuss is about!

The Wingham Farmers’ Market is on this Saturday from 8 am till midday at the Wingham Showground. New stallholders are always welcome, with site fees waived at your first market. Direct stall holder enquiries to Annette on 6550 7213. If you have more than you can eat already growing at home but not enough to have a stall why not bring surplus to the market to sell through the community stall! If it is spray free just bring your produce along and talk to the volunteers at the stall, a 10% commission will go towards the running of the market. There is more information online at www.winghamfarmersmarket.org.au and on Facebook.

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