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A once bustling market in West Suburbs, West Sydney has seen its stock dwindle over the last year.
As of November 2017, West Suburban Markets was selling off a total of 2,000 lots, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
It was reported that a number of properties had sold over the past year and the sale of some had already been made.
One of those properties was the West Suburb Market, which had been sold off to the company known as The Amishes.
“I’m glad that they’re buying the market,” Amish owner Michael Dickson told The Herald.
“It’s been a sad time, and I’m happy that they’ve done the right thing.”
Dickson has owned The Amishers for 15 years and is not surprised by the news.
“The Amish community is just like any other community, they all sell their land, they sell to one another, they buy a lot and they sell it,” he said.
The Amishes said the sale was a good decision for them and would ensure that the market would stay open for years to come.
“We’re excited to see what’s going to happen with the market and what they’re going to do with it,” said Dickson.
There were still around 4,000 hectares of farmland in the market, with The Amites selling off the rest.
As part of their move to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, the Amish have been using compostable and recycled materials to make their living, and also sourcing locally sourced ingredients for their meals.
However, Dickson said they still had to work with the Amishes to make sure they were doing the right things for the environment.
“They’re not doing the best they can and they’re not going to be in a position where they can’t,” he explained.
“You’re going have to work on their behalf, but they’ll get on board and be a lot more mindful of it.”
In the past, the market had been used for weddings and other gatherings, but now it is mostly a place for people to relax, Danton said.
“When you’re in the area, it’s really peaceful, you can relax a bit, it gets pretty busy.
You can go to the park, have a barbecue or sit down and enjoy a nice dinner.”
Dickson said the market was still a good selling point for locals, but that it had become too crowded with the arrival of cars and other vehicles.
A number of residents in the neighbourhood have been concerned about the safety of their properties in the future.
Amish leader and owner Michael Sainty said that he was concerned about what would happen to his community if the market were to be sold.
“If it were to close, they’d be gone, they’re gone,” he told The Sydney Morning News.
“But we need to keep the Amishing community alive and that’s why we’re staying and keeping this market going.”
Amishes sell a lot in Sydney’s West, with the last of the land being sold in October, and will be leaving the market in June.