Due to the extreme heat forecast for the 2018 Australia Day long weekend, the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market will open and close early on Sunday 28 January. The usual market opening hours of 9am to 1pm will be changed to 8am to 11am.
Steps are also being taken to reduce the impact of the heat at the market. Some relief for customers and stallholders will be provided in the market pavilion with the hire of portable air conditioning units and fans. The usual cooking demonstration and kid’s club activities have been cancelled and additional spaces will be available inside for market stallholders who usually trade in the outside car park area.
In addition, for this Sunday only, the Adelaide Showground will be offering free car parking onsite for farmers’ market customers entering through the Showground’s main Leader Street gates. Complimentary water and sun screen will be available for all customers and St John Ambulance will be onsite to offer first aid to anyone requiring assistance.
“We know that the extreme heat forecast for this weekend will be a challenge for our farmers and growers”, said Elaine Ratcliffe, General Manager of Adelaide Farmers’ Market. “Farmers will be busy this week picking their crops before the heatwave arrives and they will also have extra work watering their farms over the weekend. We hope that our many regular customers will still come to the market on Sunday to show their support for our stallholders. Our market customers know that they are not only getting fresh and delicious produce but also supporting South Australia by purchasing local products”.