A PARK picnic will turn more gourmet with a farmers’ market offering organic food and wine next month.
Hovell Tree Park will be transformed into a pop up restaurant with chefs from around the Border cooking with the fresh produce that can immediately be bought.
Hume Murray Food Bowl manager Nicole Stephens said they were expanding their Saturday market at Gateway Village to the park on Thursdays.
“A component that will make the new market different is that there will be an area to have a sit-down dinner and a glass of wine,” she said.
“The chefs will be focused on incorporating the organic foods that are readily available into the dishes.”
Ms Stephens said people could expect to smell sourdough cooking in the woodfire ovens and music from Albury buskers.
She said they wanted to offer an experience that the ordinary grocery store could not compete with and give the producer more of an opportunity to sell directly to their consumer.
Ms Stephens said the extra market would increase food security on the Border.
“It’s incredibly important,” she said.
“We want to focus on strengthening the community and reduce the economic leakage because money will stay in the community.”
The Saturday and Thursday markets would give people the opportunity to shop weekly for fresh produce.
The Thursday market will operate every first and third Thursday of the month starting from October 17 and run from at 3pm to dusk.
The Saturday market will operate as usual.