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THE JIG IS UP

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Dear lovers of local produce,

We wish to tell you all that the Jiggety Jig market will not continue in it’s current form. We have had a lot of good times over the last 12 months .

We have had some spectacular events and some low key ones. We have had the pleasure of showcasing a lot of the best produce being grown and produced in the region for a year. We have gained a following of locals who know the benefits of Ballarat’s fresh local produce. With sadness we will not be able to offer you the goods you have come to expect on the third Saturday of the month.

Jiggety-Jig relies on people coming to buy what our producers make. Producers spend their day at the market after they spend a week preparing. If they are unable to sell enough produce to the people of Ballarat they have to go elsewhere to sell it. That’s the reality. 

So to all our loyal Jiggers and producers we wish to say “Watch this space”. We are currently re-jigging the format of our fresh market food hub. You will not find us at the Showgrounds every third Saturday as of June 2016 but you will soon find us again rest assured. We will be back in a format that this regional town can support. As a community we owe it to the producers to show that we do care where our food comes from.

We are “morphing the jig” and we will be back. We hope to be in a position to announce the new jig adventures to you all soon.

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FAIR PRICES FOR FAIR FOOD

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We need to talk about what we eat. How it’s produced, where and why. We bang on about it all the time “Support local food.” Why do we do this? Our health and livelihoods depend on it.

In the past few weeks the future of our dairy farmers have been cast in doubt as they face drastic cuts in milk payments. A variety of factors impacting current market conditions have been quoted as reasons why the previous milk prices are now deemed unacceptable. It will force many farmers out of the industry. 

There’s not a lot you can buy with $2 today, but you can buy 2 litres of milk for $2 at a couple of major supermarket chains. Dairy farmers are telling us it costs more than that to produce it. Seems reasonable to me, it’s a lot of product for $2. 

I’d rather pay more for my milk than see our dairy farmers go out of business. Supermarkets have decided to use milk as a loss leader in order to obtain market share from their competitors. Supermarket executives might not deem where and how milk is produced as a matter of concern but I do. So I’d rather pay a bit more for my milk. 

When you think about all the processed food products for sale in a standard supermarket, hundreds if not thousands of them, few retail for under $2. If you think you can’t afford to pay more for milk perhaps have a look at what else is in your basket, maybe you could sacrifice a pack of biscuits to support a dairy farmer.

We have been receiving messages from people asking how they can support local dairy farmers and what could they do to help the dairy farmer's current plight. A few things actually.

Rachel Peterkin from Inglenook Dairy sums it up perfectly. We just need people to support local! Not just their milk purchases for home but also support local cafes, eateries, suppliers and markets that are passionate about local produce and care about what they serve their customers and the local food trail.

For anyone interested in trying the delicious Inglenook Dairy milk and cream and supporting a great local dairy producer we will be taking orders from now until 11am Saturday 21st May. You can pick up your Inglenook orders from the Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market this Saturday between 10am and 1pm. You can text your order through on  0407 054 224 or leave your order in the comments below.

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You can also sign the petition Barnaby Joyce: dairy farmers like my family are being destroyed - please step in urgently, on change.org, by Chloe Scott. Currently the petition has over 120,000 signatures.

If you have more ideas about how we can support our local producers, feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below. Its an important discussion we need to have and sharing our ideas helps us to make informed choices about our health and well being.  

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Jodie Kaine
Hi Kristie. You certainly can your order is confirmed. See you tomorrow at the Jiggety-Jig.
Friday, 20 May 2016 14:53
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