Scaring up top produce

Saskia AdystiAlbany Advertiser
Robin Bromilow with her scarecrow at The Good Food Shed.
Camera IconRobin Bromilow with her scarecrow at The Good Food Shed. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A desire to save a shed in Bornholm that dates back to the 1920s inspired the community to start the Good Food Shed.

And this year, the team behind the shed want to get the new season off to a quirky start with a scarecrow competition.

As indicated by its name, The Good Food Shed is a place where locals can go to buy some good produce grown on local farm.

The shed is open on Sundays throughout the summer and autumn months, when there is usually an abundance of produce from nearby farms.

Robin Bromilow with her scarecrow at The Good Food Shed.
Camera IconRobin Bromilow with her scarecrow at The Good Food Shed. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The Good Food Shed concept allows local farmers to sell their surplus produce at a reasonable price, while donating 10 per cent of their profits to renovate the shed.

The shed is, the last remaining standing in its original position alongside part of an old railway line that ran from Walpole to Albany.

Good Food Shed volunteer and committee secretary Robin Bromilow said since its inception in 2016, the market had been a popular event in the Bornholm and Kronkup area.

“As this is primarily a farming area, the thought to have somewhere to meet and share our surplus and have a chat seemed like a good idea,” she said.

“In January 2016 we saw the opening of the Good Food Shed. Anyone can bring their surplus to sell in the shed. We take 10 percent of the profit to do restorations in the building.

“So far we have managed to have the shed re-stumped with some materials that would have been used in 1924 and we have put extra shelving and improved our alfresco area as well.”

The shed will open on Sunday, October 27 with pony and unicorn rides for children.

The scarecrow competition will be held on November 24, with scarecrows to be brought to the shed that morning for judging in the afternoon. Anyone can enter, as an individual or group and all the scarecrows can be donated to decorate the fence near the shed.

Judging categories will include most effective, most creative, most unusual material used, most country or urban, and happiest.

“We can’t wait to see what everyone’s scarecrows are going to look like,” Ms Bromilow said.

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