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John Gregory and Nick Lebotschy loved the idea of community engagement and giving people produce at the peak of its freshness, and so decided to open the Drummond Farmers Market.
How did your business start?
Having both lived in the Drummond area for many years, we identified a need for a facility where the community could get together in a healthy, outdoor environment while providing a platform for local farmers and craftsmen to promote their produce.
Why did you choose this area to set up shop?
The farmers market is located in the tranquil setting of the Valley of Thousand Hills and falls within the Thousand Hills Tourism Route with easy access from both the Old Main Road and the N3.
How did you find your premises?
The premises belong to the Gregory family.
Why are they ideally suited to your business?
The property is ideally located within the heart of Drummond. Visitors are provided with a choice of sampling a variety of cuisine, which is enjoyed in the vast open space of the park area where friends and families gather and are entertained with soothing live music. Children of all ages are provided with playground equipment such as a free zip-line, large sandpit, jungle gym and enclosed trampoline.
Who are your neighbours?
Residents who own agricultural and equestrian farms.
How many people go through your store each day?
We currently have fifty permanent stallholders. On average we have 2,000 visitors every Sunday between 09:00 and 14:00.
Do you have any expansion plans?
We are constantly upgrading the existing facility and endeavour to provide additional space for stallholders while retaining the appeal of a true farmers market.
Do you operate online as well?
We have an active Facebook page.
What’s your most popular item?
As there is a wide range of produce, such as dairy, poultry, fruit and vegetables, home-made preserves and freshly baked bread available; there is something for every taste.