By Rebecca Peppiatt
There’s a new shopping experience in Mundaring that’s aiming to bring together the community and support our small local growers.
The fortnightly Mundaring Garden and Farmer’s Market has been up-and-running since May and is starting to build a following of keen gardeners and those looking for locally-grown produce.
The event, which doesn’t make a profit, is the passion and hobby of Kalamunda husband and wife Andrew and Mandy Osenton.
The duo are plant growers themselves and experienced event organisers as they are behind the hugely successful Kalamunda Garden Festival.
“For me it was about support,” horticulturist and Kalamunda Plant Company owner Mr Osenton said.
“I saw so many people that were growers and micro growers that were struggling and the big nurseries don’t want anything to do with them.
“But these guys are busting their arses to grow these plants and they’re super passionate about it, so I thought let’s get these people together and help give them a voice, a market, so to speak – literally – to sell their plants.”
The success of the quarterly-run festival which pulls in crowds of up to 5000 people, is run in conjunction with the Kalamunda Farmer’s Market. Its success is what spurred the couple on to launch the Mundaring event and give people a broader understanding of horticulture.
The next market will be held this Saturday at the Sculpture Park and the couple is keen for everyone to come and support the new venture.
“Use it or you lose it,” he said.
“Just come along and buy a coffee or something.”
For sale at the markets will be locally-produced veggies, honey, herbal remedies, bush food plants, dog treats, breads, pots, succulents, seeds and seedlings, as well as coffee, donuts, fermented foods and face painting.
Andrew and Mandy are hoping some local community gardens will take up the offer of a free stall at the markets and would like to eventually become a weekly event.
Anyone interested in having a stall should email mundaring