The South Australian State Government initiated the evolution of Regional Food Groups, to support the State Food Plan objectives, to develop and grow the food industry. Originally a body administered by a salaried government-appointed officer, Food Riverland continues as a membership-based food group to the present day, now administered entirely by volunteers. For more information about Food Riverland please go to www.foodriverland.com
The Riverland Farmers’ Market commenced trading during November 2005 in the township of Barmera at Bruce Oval, as an initiative of Food Riverland. After 14 months of trading, it moved to the Senior Citizens’ Hall, Berri, where it currently operates.
The Riverland Farmers’ Market was initially governed by a sub-committee which reported back to Food Riverland Inc. through the chairperson of the market who sat on the Food Riverland Inc. committee. In 2011 the Food Riverland Inc. Committee took over the governing of the Riverland Farmers’ Market.
The Committee is responsible for the management, success, growth and accountability of the market. The Committee chairperson works closely with the Market Manager and the stallholders to further evolve the market and keep it a vibrant part of the community.
The Market supports local producers to develop, supplement, promote and grow their businesses, and provides an opportunity for the community to purchase local produce directly from producers. It helps promote South Australia’s Riverland as a major food-producing region. It also fosters a sense of community by providing a meeting place for locals and tourists.
A large number of tourists visits the Market, and the Market won the Best 2009 Tourist Attraction Award presented by the Riverland Tourist Association