SNOWFLAKE and Buttercup won’t be there, but they’ll have a certain presence when the Wedderburn Farmers Market returns later this month.
Sharon and Paul Hercott, from Pyramid Hill, who are back at the market after their debut appearance in May, have been milking their two Saanen goats for the past three years.
“I make goats’ milk and olive oil soap, mainly unscented, along with six varieties of scented bars including sandalwood and patchouli, lemon verbena and spice,” Sharon said.
“We also keep our own beehives and sell honey and plan to take some of that to Wedderburn this month, too.
“We sell it in glass jars, some of which have comb in them as well.
“To complement the stall, we’ll have beeswax candles and, this time, we’ll be introducing a new product called ‘honey cakes’, similar to an Anzac biscuit.
“This will be our second time at Wedderburn – last time was good, despite the bad weather.”
Sharon’s stepson, Daniel Aaron, 15, will join her at the market this month as a busker.
Daniel, a Year 10 student at Pyramid Hill College, will bring along his ukulele, harmonica and ‘stomp box’.
“He’ll do some original songs as well as covers – he’s a highly talented young man,” Sharon said.
Visitors to the market at Wedderburn Community Centre on Sunday, June 28, will be able to browse across stalls offering goods ranging from home-cooked condiments and spice mixes and blends to cookware, live chickens, fruit and vegetables, olive oil, coffee, ice cream, cakes, plants and herbs.
Market co-ordinator Jacquie Stallinga said funding and other material support for the market had come from Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association, Wedderburn Tourism, Loddon Shire and the local Lions Club.
“It was wet and cold last month, but the market held up well,” she said.
“We sold out of sausages and most of the traders still reported they’d had a good day.
“Newcomers this time will be selling produce, trash and treasure, jewellery and hot jam donuts, so there’s always plenty to interest visitors.”
Jeff Hooley, of Inglewood, will also be back, selling his olive oil soaps.
Jeff is approaching his 18th year of full-time employment in making Xanna Natural Soaps, currently stocked in stores in several Victorian regional centres.
“I’ve specialised in 100 per cent olive oil soap since day one and attend at least one market every weekend,” Jeff said.
“The soaps are my main line of business, but I continue the aromatic theme with other products such as an Australian eucalyptus range, incense, crystals and stones.
“Last time at Wedderburn was an excellent day – considering the poor weather, it was better than I expected.”
The Wedderburn Farmers Market operates on the last Sunday of the month from 9am to 1pm, though there’ll be no market in July.
Resuming on August 30, the event will then run through to November 29. For further information, phone 5494 3489 or email through the Contact Page.