Cittaslow Goolwa Market goes from strength to strength

FRESH AND LOCAL: Manager of the Goolwa Cittaslow Market Jane Williams with a vast array of fresh produce that the market offers twice a month.
FRESH AND LOCAL: Manager of the Goolwa Cittaslow Market Jane Williams with a vast array of fresh produce that the market offers twice a month.

The Goolwa Cittaslow Market has between 17 to 20 stalls every second and fourth Sunday of the month and promotes the Cittaslow values of being community minded and supplying fresh local produce.

The market started in October 2016 and being located at Jerelde Park in the Goolwa Wharf Precinct is set up in magnificent surroundings. Manager of the Goolwa Cittaslow Market Jane Williams said the market had something for everybody.

"Goolwa was the first town outside of Europe to receive Cittaslow status and this became my motivation to help organise a Ciitaslow Market in Goolwa," Jane said.

"Cittaslow towns get world wide recognition and it is all about the community."

Jane has had valuable experience in the running of markets, as she was chair of the Victor Harbor Farmer's Market for three years and on the committee for 10.

"I live on Hindmarsh Island, so with the support of Paul Bushell, we approached the president of Cittaslow Goolwa about setting up a market under the Cittaslow banner," Jane said.

"COVID has not been bad for us, as the community has wanted fresh local produce and wanted to avoid going to supermarkets. We have been a great option for people to purchase local fresh produce. We are proud to embrace the Cittaslow values."

The market provides local fresh vegetables, cakes, biscuits, Greek treats, Belgian chocolate, local honey, Second Valley handmade cheese, olive oil and Riverland fresh fruit.

"We do not have a baker at the moment, so I am travelling to Willunga every market morning to pick up the freshly baked bread by Andy Clappis." Jane said.

"Alexandrina Council has been so supportive of Cittaslow and the Goolwa Cittaslow Market."

In 2007, Goolwa was accredited as the first Cittaslow or 'Slow Town' in Australia. Goolwa joined the international network of towns and cities that combine the efforts of council, the business community and residents to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in their town.

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