Missing Noosa stallholders found in Woombye
IF you're a Noosa Farmers Market regular, you may have noticed three stalls have been missing since September.
It's no coincidence. Fat Hen Farm, Suse Foods and Noosa River Smokehouse were all told unceremoniously to leave, they say, after claims by market co-owner Shane Stanley they hadn't paid bills. They dispute that.
Noosa River Smokehouse owner Vicky Rasmussen bought the family business in April from her parents, who had run successful market stalls at Mr Stanley's markets for a decade, providing the family's main livelihood.
The business traded fresh cooked meals including her famous omelettes at both Noosa and Kawana farmers' markets, and before she was asked to leave, the business also imported smoked salmon.
"We did very, very well at both markets," Ms Rasmussen said.
"It was my livelihood as well.
"Dad used to smoke the salmon, but then I was buying it in smoked."
Suse Foods owner Suse Bourke and Fat Hen Farm owner Alan Wood now want to let customers know they are still in business.
Find them and Noosa River Smokehouse - which is now trading as Victoria's Marquee - at Hinterland Harvest Market on Saturdays.
Ms Bourke said she was excited about Hinterland Harvest Market, because she found its manager predictable, open and communicative.
"I think it's a well-run market," she said.
"Helen (the manager) is following through on our promises, and has our interests at heart - and the vibe is good there.
"It's getting busier each week."
Hinterland Harvest Market began in late September at Suncoast Christian College in Woombye. It's open Saturdays 6-11am.