Cowaramup is about to get a major boost with plans well advanced for the hamlet to host its own fortnightly farmers market which debuts this Sunday. Experienced vendor Damian Curtis told the Times all of the necessary Shire of Augusta-Margaret River approvals were in place for a five-date trial run of the market he hoped would become a regular fixture for the growing town. The market debuts this Sunday, November 12, with stalls open from 9am at the skate park precinct beside Cowaramup Hall. Mr Curtis said he hoped the market would be permitted to continue once the Shire saw the strong local appetite for the Sunday offering that allowed residents to meet in the town centre, walk to buy their produce, and also take in other nearby attractions and shops. Sunday’s market would start with 15 vendors and the chance to grow the fortnightly event once it was established. Stalls included two big fresh produce suppliers as well as fresh bread, honey, gelato and wholefoods, while the market also admitted several artisans, and arts and craft stalls to add to the variety on offer. Strong interest from vendors as well as residents showed him Cowaramup was more than ready to support its own regular market, despite the popular Margaret River Farmers’ Market up the road. “The biggest feedback I get is a lot of people aged 30 to 40 can’t get to the markets (in Margaret River) due to work and kids,” Mr Curtis said. “People want it. They really want it.” The Sunday market would set up adjacent to Cowaramup Hall and use the hall itself if the weekend offering grew into the future. Mr Curtis said he hoped the market would add to the growing township’s ambience and amenity. “I just love this spot,” he said. “It’s still very community-oriented, and it’s still got that country feel.” The Wholesome Pantry owner Rebecca Wood said she jumped at the chance to get involved and was the first trader to sign on. Vendors and other parties interested in taking part were encouraged to email email@example.com.