The first Farmers Market at the Warwick Farm Racecourse site was held in October 2002 and was conducted and funded by the NSW Farmers Association.
The Association controlled the market until October 2004, and despite a growing number of customers from the local Southwest region of Sydney and an increasing number of customers who traveled from all parts of the Metropolitan area, the NSW Farmers Association withdrew their management of the market.
Stallholders resolved to continue the market under their own management and in November 2004 United Growers Pty Ltd was formed. The Company comprised eleven shareholders, who had each personally contributed the capital and working funds required to operate the Company. Warwick Farm Trackside Markets commenced trading under this management without any interruption to its loyal following of customers.
The original concept of the market was continued, namely that only producers who actually grow or produce their own products can sell at the market. This ensures that only the freshest and healthiest value items are provided for sale, and local & farming business’ are supported. Resellers, who purchase products from wholesale markets and then on-sell on a retail basis, are acting contrary to the spirit of the market and every effort has been made to prevent this from occurring.
After authentication and approval, existing stallholder are able to purchase fresh produce directly from their neighbors or other farmers if that product is not available at the market. This helps the market increase the variety of produce available to customers.
We are proud to say that since the inception of the market in 2002 there have only been two weeks when the market was unable to trade.
Neither bushfires, hailstorms, nor floods have stopped the market; however the presence of Equine Influenza in August 2007 forced the market to relocate temporarily to Chipping Norton and we were closed for two Saturdays whilst this was organised. The temporary site was gratefully utilised for twelve months and on 23 August 2008 we moved back to Warwick Farm Racecourse with great fanfare and celebrations. We offer many thanks to Liverpool Council for their assistance during the temporary re-location.
In 2015 part of the race course was sold and major renovation at the site has once again meant that the market has been relocated to Childs Park, Ascot Dr, Chipping Norton, just four minutes up the road. So on the 3rd October 2015 we moved again with all our loyal customers. It is not known how long this stay will be but in the meantime we set up under tents and it gives the market a real village atmosphere.
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