Organic Farmers Market
Malak Marketplace hosts farmers and stallholders who offer the public pre-dominantly organic produce and food.
Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. … Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormone.
Organically Grown Produce
The Malak Marketplace is the first market in Darwin to champion and support local, spray-free, organic and certified organic farmers. Talk to our farmers and ask them about their produce – they are open and transparent about its origins, they will tell you about their planting, growing and harvesting processes. They’ll even share with you the successes – sometimes frustrations – of organic-style farming in the Territory.
Our farmers are growing produce locally using cleaner farming practices and working towards meeting organic standards. Eva Valley Meats, Prayer Farm pastured eggs, Notly Farms and Thompsons of Litchfield fresh produce are high quality and use minimal or no synthetic and artificial pesticides and fertilizers.
Hu Organics produce available at the Prayer Farm stall is certified organic.
The Malak Marketplace encourages its farmers and stallholders towards organic certification standards and thanks to the efforts of the marketplace management team, the marketplace as a whole is heading that way. (Each farmer and stallholder is responsible for their own certification status). Each stallholder at Malak Marketplace will be showing an organic self-certification status meeting the standards set by Malak Marketplace at their stall, as we expect full transparency.
“There is also a voluntary Australian standard for growers and manufacturers wishing to label their products ‘organic’ and ‘biodynamic’ (AS 6000–2009). This standard is a useful reference point when determining whether a product is organic.
Many products carry a symbol, logo or other trade mark to show that they are certified organic. This certification is provided by various private bodies and the minimum standards required to get certification may vary.
A business that labels its product as certified organic must ensure that its product is actually certified.
All organic claims, whether they reference a standard or not, should be able to be substantiated. If a business claims to meet a particular standard, it must ensure that this claim is true.” Australian Consumer Commission
Organically Sourced Food at the Stalls
Due to the nature of Territory life – climate, growing conditions, availability – it is not always possible for our stallholders to source organically grown ingredients, but we are thrilled that wherever possible that is the commitment made by our stallholders. And many stallholders source their organic ingredients from the farmers you will find at the market too.
“This market is like no other in Darwin. It is showing that we can make change – for the better. It is a wonderful community and has a great atmosphere. The selection of organic food and produce is to be commended.” Amanda Gunn
Find inspiration in their menus! Using the best seasonal, fresh and organic produce from our local farmers means a fabulously clean, organic dining experience – and it’s up for grabs every Saturday during the Dry.
Malak Marketplace is also leading the way in promoting clean living for the communities in Malak, Darwin and the surrounding regions.
“Clean living is about being mindful of what you put in your body, being mindful of your healthy home and work environment and being mindful of your environmental footprint.” Clean Living in the Tropics