A new initiative by Greenparkes Garden Centre not only makes it easy to shop locally for Christmas, but also helps out families hit hard by the drought.
The first market day last Saturday with eight stall holders from all over the Parkes Shire was well supported by the public.
“It was a good day,” said Jenny Jewell, owner of Greenparkes Garden Centre. “The stall holders were all very happy.”
Jenny said some of the stalls were run by the partners of farmers who had become breadwinners. “Everyone is doing it tough.”
The idea of the market days came from Jenny’s daughter, and the plan is to run it every Saturday until Christmas.
Jenny said as the market continued until 3pm, it gave people time to attend after their sporting commitments. Booking a spot is essential as Jenny would like to maintain a variety at every market.
Last week’s market included home made items, essential oils, creative signs and kitchen appliances.
If you would like to take part you need to bring your own equipment, including cash float and EFT facilities. For more information contact Jenny on 0428 634 650 during business hours.
By Maggi Barnard