When Origins Market opened on November 5 it introduced into the community more than 60 makers, growers, producers and artisans, bringing both a unique market experience as well as an innovative small business incubation opportunity to life in the heart of the South West.
Origins Market general manager, Deon Maas described the anticipation within the market as “palpable”.
“Origins Market is set to unearth the best of the state for the local community and tourists to enjoy, it is about as far removed from a traditional farmers market as you can get,” he said.
“We have more than 20 makers serving up meals, the vendor accents alone are a feast for the ears. Our makers are serving up food with roots from Latin America, Italy, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Bali and Turkey, it’s an international food experience! Not to mention hand-crafted gelato, freshly roasted coffee, freshly shucked oysters, fish straight from the boat and pastries baked fresh on site.
“Hand-crafted products ranging from macrame, to jewellery, to photography to candles and soaps are located between the workshop area and the observational beehive.
“Visitors can experience a taste of the region with samples from some of WA’s best wineries, cideries, distilleries and breweries, or have a long lunch or dinner drinks at the Homestead at Origins tavern and wine bar,” Mr Maas said.
Origins Market intends to blur the line between production and consumption, with some unique aspects on-site including an incubator kitchen to help small businesses get their products to market, and an in-house observational beehive, educating consumers on the important role bees play in the ecosystem.
“Our mission is simple, to build a healthy community by connecting people with local products and real food, our market supports local growers and artisans who contribute to a better Western Australia,” Mr Maas said.
As well as being a source for farm-fresh foods and artisan products, the market is set to be a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.
Origins Market was opened by owner and proprietor, Allan Erceg, Managing Director of Erceg Group with the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry; Grant Henley, Mayor of the City of Busselton. Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony was be performed by Dr Wayne ‘Wonitji’ Webb and Zac Webb with the Undalup Association.