The Queenstown Farmers Market has finished early this summer
due to some vendors' lack of commitment every week and the
late and short growing season for fresh produce.
Manager Sharlene Inch said on Friday both factors were
unsuitable for regular customers, which affected the
sustainability of the market.
''I've had to be realistic as there's fixed operational costs
to meet each week and with the market being a non-profit
organisation, it is getting more difficult to fund these
increasing costs,'' Ms Inch said.
The market began its annual summer run on the grounds of St
Peter's Anglican Church in late November with 12 to 15 stalls
offering fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries,
free-range eggs, honey, farm bacon, cheeses, salmon, gourmet
sausages, coffee, sweet and sour crepes and empanadas, plus
Its first dedicated fundraising day was held on February 9,
raising $810 for the Queenstown Preschool and Nursery.