It's hard to believe three years have passed since this photo was taken to celebrate the creation of the Slow Food Earth Market Maitland - the first in Australia.
So much has happened since then - tonnes of food has been rescued, more farmers have come on board and volunteers are still working hard to keep the market growing, and thriving.
A global pandemic isn't something any of us considered when Slow Food International official guests dropped into The Levee back in 2017 to celebrate our milestone. In fact, if that photo was being taken today, market chairwoman Amorelle Dempster would be the only one in the photo - Slow Food International's Professor Francesco Sottile would not have been able to get on a plane to come to the event. And, photographer Marina Neil would have been wearing a mask.
The market has survived the worst drought in living memory and is certain it can survive COVID-19. The virus has put a bit of a damper on the traditional celebrations, but the market family is determined to push on with a smile behind their masks.
Volunteers and farmers hadn't been masking up at previous markets, but since the health advice around masks has recently changed, and they've looked at Melbourne and seen what is possible, they have decided to take part.
Ms Dempster has created a delicious beetroot and chocolate cake to mark the milestone but there will be no candles on the cake. Blowing out candles on a communal cake in a pandemic is just not on.
Instead of uniting in a tight group to sing Happy Birthday, like they usually do, everybody will be standing 1.5 metres apart and singing into their masks.
"It's a record of history. We are looking back at the photos from a century ago during the last pandemic to see what they were doing back then, and in another century people will be doing the same," she said.
"It's just another adjustment, but it will still be a great celebration of everything we have achieved. All of the farmers will be running their own specials for the birthday celebration as well.
"We'll be cutting up the cake and sharing it with everyone who wants a piece. We'll be using gloves and wearing a mask to make sure we keep everybody safe."
The market starts at 8.30am in The Levee and the cake will be cut at 10am.
There will be a wide range of local farmers and producers with everything from fruit and vegetables to olives, oil, bread, eggs and preserves on offer until 1.30pm.
Slow Food Hunter Valley are offering 5 lucky families the chance to win a fresh food pack worth over $100. The pack will include a family beef and red wine pie, vegetables to roast, mash potato and something sweet for desert. All of the ingredients have been sourced from the earth market farmers and producers. The winners will have the pack dropped at their front door with simple instructions so they can cook the meal.
Enter at the market as many times as you like. The winners will be drawn on August 31.