Kalamunda Farmers Market gets a kick out of boots


Zara Airey (7) shows the kind of boots and plants available at the market.
Zara Airey (7) shows the kind of boots and plants available at the market.

Boots were chosen as the symbol to promote farmers markets and to celebrate local hardworking farmers and their families.

The Kalamunda market joined the national campaign Boots for Change to Support Farming Families and organised by the Australian Farmers Markets Association during April.

Farmers markets all over the state hosted the event to raise awareness of the hard work farmers do to provide Australians with healthy food choices.

Kalamunda Farmers Market manager Nicole Airay said that the campaign originated from the 2015 ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Summit, championed by HSC student at the time, Emma Mott from Bega in New South Wales.

“We see the struggle and hardship that farming families go through to produce food for Australian dinner tables. We think more people need to appreciate this,” Ms Mott said.

“˜We want people to put boots on and head down to their local farmers market to show local producers that we care and want them to keep producing healthy farm fresh Australian food.

Ms Mott said all Australians should talk “about local food, supporting local farming families and encouraging regional youth to explore opportunities in agriculture”.

˜Market shoppers across Australia are asked to wear boots, recycle old boots in novel ways, participate in best boot parades, boot photo competitions, boot-scooting and other activities to draw attention to farming and local food production, as well as youth programs in rural communities,.

Market shoppers are asked to shop in boots; stallholders will do more than just wear boots so visitors can expect plenty of boot action and prizes from event sponsor Blundstone.