THE pandemic may have forced a change of scenery, but it has led to a more inclusive atmosphere at the markets in Coramba village.
The need to adhere to state health guidelines when markets restarted in September necessitated a relocation from its traditional location, along the Coramba road, to a site next to the rural Coramba fire station.
And not only has the move created a more cohesive vibe, but it now means the local RFS is getting into the act by hosting a barbecue and opening their fabulous museum.
One of the market coordinators, Michelle King, said it was great to have the RFS on board.
“Everyone loves the museum, it’s fun to see what they have, including a restored fire truck,” she says.
While the inclusion of the RFS has been a boon for the markets, which are open again tomorrow (Sunday), it is the community products and local products that stand out.
Ms Williams said there were a number of talented cultivators in the Orara Valley who worked together and supported each other.
Some of these growers contributed to the Orara Grown Community Produce booth and others sold canned goods and treats meant to excite the taste buds.
Add in some of the Coffs Coast Rainbow Chai and a musical “drum jam” and it was a market enjoying a renaissance.
“It’s just a great opportunity to connect. We love to share what excites us: the culture of local food and local shopping, ”she said.
“The whole Orara Valley community has supported the market and just as much to support our stall merchants, the goal is to attract more people to the Orara Valley and support local businesses as well.
Attracting residents to the Coffs Coast hinterland is firmly on the enthusiasts’ agenda Residents of Orara Valley and Coffs Harbor City Council, who recently worked together on a unique tourism initiative.
Shop Orara Valley Weekends, put coupons in the hands of the community for businesses in the area including Coramba General Store, Idle In Cafe, and Golden Dog Hotel.
Launched in conjunction with a new Orara Valley Tourist Trail campaign, it was a popular event that drew many visitors to the other side of Red Hill.
A long-term goal of the Tourist Trail is to position the area and its businesses as the perfect double act of the seaside vacation destination for which Coffs Harbor is already famous.
The markets in the village of Corambe take place on the third Sunday of each month and take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next to the Coramba RFS station.