Bayside's Covid restrictions have delayed the launch of the Foodies and Farmers' Market at Kyeemagh.
The new market was set to open on Saturday, September 4.
However, market operator Christina Chakos said new Bayside Council restrictions meant the opening would be delayed to a date yet to be decided.
"We are a COVID-safe business registered with Services NSW and have been trading safely during lockdowns,' Ms Chakos said.
"However, Bayside Council has issued new general orders including closing Botany Golf Course that will delay the opening," she said.
Bayside Council is one of the 12 local government areas (LGS) deemed high risk under NSW Government health protocols.
When it does open hopefully in the next month, the new Bayside Foodies and Farmers Market at Kyeemagh will allow 40 producers and farmers who meet strict essential services
laws to trade in a safe working environment for both producers and the public.
The growers include Scott Coupland, a cherry farmer from Young who has attended Foodies
and Farmer Market events for more than 10 years, and Andrew Walton, a sheep farmer selling a popular range of organic lamb.
Open from 8 am to 2 pm, the General Holmes Drive, Kyeemagh site will eventually house more than 75 stalls (up from 40) when artisan stalls are permitted to trade again.
The family-owned Foodies and Farmers Market operation run by Chakos and husband Nic has operated successfully for 20 years, with locations in Ramsgate, Peakhurst, Menai, Canterbury and now Kyeemagh.
The operation incorporates pop-up markets and events for local councils, local developments, and hotels/precincts across Sydney.
The popular Ramsgate Foodies and Farmers' Market will be moving to a new venue at Cook Park, Kyeemagh from September.
The market has been operating at the Ramsgate Public School for the past 15 years but wasn't successful with the tender for a renewed lease.
Bayside Council has now approved the market to relocate to Cook Park, Kyeemagh to operate each Saturday commencing in September for a six-month trial period.
Deputy mayor James Macdonald in a Notice of Motion put forward at this week's council meeting called for the council to support the move.
"The operator contacted us and wasn't successful with the tender where they were. They said they had some loyal supporters and some stall holders that would like to follow them," Cr Macdonald said.
"So I spoke to the council who looked at opportunities for them to set up somewhere else because the stalls are very popular. They have come up with an area at Kyeemagh for a trial period."
He said the trial was about keeping the stallholdersso they could continue their business in the area.
Bayside Council general manager Meredith Wallace said the trial period would go into spring and summer and would come back to the council with an assessment of whether the trial had been successful and whether the council would like to have the market on a long-term basis.
"The community market operator has been local for 20 years. They were given very short notice to relocate. This is an attempt to see whether the option of fresh food can work in a different location," she said.
The market will operate every Saturay on the same site in Cook Park as the Aussie Night Markets which operate on the first Sunday of the month, and where the annual Sculptures@Bayside event is held.
The food markets owner and operator Kristina Chakos welcomed the council decision.
"We will be rebranding as the Bayside Foodie and Farmers' Market and will be operating from the first Saturday in September," she said.
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