THE community is encouraged to support locals who pour their hearts and souls into home grown and produced items.
Bathurst Wholefood Co-Operative provides the opportunity to those locals to sell their items at its markets, which are held on the first and third Saturday of each month.
The first markets of the new season will be held on Saturday, September 21 following an extended break over winter.
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Volunteer Lucinda Tutt said that the co-op doesn't gain anything from the markets and simply wants to provide an opportunity to local producers to sell their goods.
"These are not big businesses, these are local people who grow or make things at home," she said.
The next markets will have a range of items available, including soap, homemade aprons and knitted goods.
The list of stallholders has not been finalised and anyone who would like to come along with their items can call the Bathurst Wholefood Co-Op on 6332 1545.
"It's open to everyone. Anyone who has something they would like to share and sell, they are welcome," Ms Tutt said.
"It's $15 a stall, so that makes it really affordable for them."
Co-Op coordinator Denise O'Grady said that the money is used to cover public liability insurance, ensuring that coming to the markets remains an affordable option for stall holders.
In addition to providing a place to sell goods, the markets also offers a friendly and supportive environment for both stallholders and customers.
"It's quite the community. Even the stallholders have created their own community; they talk to each other and have become friends," Ms O'Grady said.
The markets are held within the Macquarie Plaza, just off William Street, and run from 9am to 12pm.
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