It is an international network of markets that works in accordance with the principles of Slow Food. The protagonists are small producers and food craftsmen. They sell only what they produce and can personally guarantee the quality of their products which are local, fresh, and seasonal.
Earth Markets are places to buy high-quality products but also spaces to build communities, create exchange and education. This network is committed to respecting the environment and the work of the producers. They also offer fair prices, for those who buy and for those who sell.
In Australia, Slow Food Hunter Valley organises the Maitland Earth Market. Their story started in 2016 when members of this convia became aware that a local farmer would have to get rid of 20 tons of pumpkin caused by a flood. They worked together with the Maitland City Council on a pop-up stall at The Levee in Central Maitland. The response from the community was tremendous, 2,000 pumpkins were sold in just a day. The whole crop of 20 tons was rescued.
Based on that experience and with the support from the City Council, they decided to set up the Maitland Fresh Farmers Market (MFFM). In 2017 MFFM became Australia’s first Slow Food Earth Market. The market involves 12 producers who live within 100 kilometers of Maitland. They sell fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, fresh and cured meats, eggs, olive oil, organic fertilizer, and prepared foods. Most of the producers are young and have turned to farm out of their desire for an ethical food system.
In addition to the sale of food and produce, the market hosts various activities including concerts; film screenings; and seminars on gastronomy, food production and consumption, agroecology, permaculture, and social and environmental issues.
For more information about global Slow Food Earth Markets click here