Maitland is on the verge of something exciting – it’s very own farmers’ market.

Residents – fed up with having to travel to farmers’

markets in Newcastle or further afield – may have an

alternative way to buy their fresh produce up and running within months.

There are several options in the wind.

Proposals have been floated for farmers’ markets at Maitland Showground and Walka Water Works, while some people believe markets also would be established in the city’s CBD.

The question that should be asked is whether we really have to choose between the proposals? Is Maitland of a

sufficient size to support more than one farmers’ market?

The answer will come down to the basic economic

theory of supply and demand but based on the number of blogs received by the Mercury since this proposal was first mooted, it is something that Maitland residents both want and would support.

Markets would also most likely attract visitors to the city for what is now a lifestyle choice for many people.

The Hunter region in general and the Maitland region in particular, was once a food bowl for the state.

While wine is vital to the local economy it is not the only “fresh produce” for which the region should be renowned.

One only has to drive through the outskirts of Morpeth, Hinton and the like to see the potential.

Let’s capitalise on the foodie revolution, lend our

farmers a helping hand and get behind the push to get a farmers’ market for Maitland.

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