Markets and Community enjoyed being part of the inaugural event of Bentleigh Farmers Market. The community were thrilled when they found out there was a farmers market coming to their neighbourhood and certainly showed their support on the day.
Walking into East Bentleigh Primary School you can actually see how the school promotes sustainability, they have a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden full of luscious vegetables growing. What a lovely way to teach children the importance of eating healthy.
The market heavily promoted a zero waste policy and encouraged visitors to bring their own coffee cups or use the reusable cups. It was refreshing to see people walking with their KeepCup’s including me. My KeepCup goes on all our market tours. There were long lines to two stall one was “The Little Coffee Van” who were off their feet catering to the large crowd and the second one was the Natural Fruit Sorbet, I was the lucky last to get the Strawberry sorbet but the sorbet certainly did go down well with the kids on such a hot summer’s day.
My next stop was Tanglewood Herbs and I made a new friend, her name is Eszmay (No, not after the movie Twilight). Eszmay won a bronze at the International Flower Show and she gets to travel to all the markets that Tanglewood Herbs go to. Tanglewood Herbs do have a wide range of culinary and medicinal herbs and plants and both Peter and Rosemary were so delightful, they were patiently answering questions about how to grow mint or what to do with a certain plant. This is what markets are about, where you can ask the stallholders any questions and they take the time to explain everything to your thoroughly as they are the growers.
My new friend Eszmay.
We enjoyed many of the wonderful stallholders some who are already our friends and others who are newcomers such as Rustica Sourdough Bakery who sold out by the time we got there, would you believe the bees were attracted to their sample bread and one of the customers said “if it’s good for the bees then it certainly is good for us”.
I would love to mention some of the other stallholders, Grand Ridge Brewery, Rayners Stone Fruits, the delicious beef from Cherry Tree Organics and one of my favourites Flavour Station – We ♥ Cake. I love some of their delicious flavours especially the carrot cake, it is simply divine.
With the community, school, and even the local parliamentary ministers behind the market, Bentleigh Farmers Market has certainly had a great start to many years of providing a farmers market to the locals and also supporting the school and sustainability.
You can check out Bentleigh Farmers Market on our website here.
Market Tours No: 3 – Visited 11th April 2012
Croydon Farmers Market which is run by the Regional Farmers Market is a lovely little farmers market with delicious food. The stalls are all gourmet with something very special on offer for everyone. The market is set up systematically where you can start from one side and finish on the other side.
The crowds came in dibs and drabs but like any community market its a place where the locals catch up. The marketeers begin their day quite early, some waking up at 5:00am getting themselves organised for their busy day out.
As a coffee lover, I had my caffeine fix from Red Bean Coffee served by the handsome gentlemen George and Sebastian. Followed by a visit to Gourmet Bush Foods with their delicious chutney.
Markets to me have always been about getting delicious homemade produce such as jams & cakes, so I got my cupcakes for my children from Gilbert & Marcel Cupcakes & Pastry Lounge.
The regional farmers market have a very strict criteria for their stallholders and therefore the stalls you will find at these markets will be of top quality products.
Check out their market page on our website at Markets and Community.
We have taken the opportunity at our exhibition booth at the GO Festival held in Melbourne on the 16th & 17th February 2013 to run a raffle to help raise funds for the 3 charities that Markets and Community are supporting.
A number of small wonderful businesses have been so kind to donated prizes towards these raffles and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for being so generous.
Here is a list of the donated items for the raffle.
Sweet Bubba have donated these Mumma Bubba Teething Pendant Necklace and bangle.
Val & Luc have donated this handcrafted Easter Wreath. A great way to add a special touch to Easter.
Forget Me Not Engraving are so kind to donate this amazingly beautifully handcrafted pendent. It is an original piece and you will not find it anywhere else.
(The pendent is in the right hand side in the middle)
What a wonderful gift voucher for the busy women out there, Day 2 Day Personal Concierge is giving away a 2 hour gift voucher for “Give my your ‘to do’ list”.
It’s My Room have kindly donated this peg which is one large jumbo peg with the magnets to mount on a fridge or similar so it is one piece. People can use it for memo or kids art work.
Elodie Grace Designs have donated Size 4-5 strawberry peasant dress with a head band, hair tie & hair clips set.
Splatt Designs have donated a gorgeous Splatt Doll.
Love Sofia have donated these beautiful “Love Lace Shorts” in size 2 -3 along with a hair tie and clip set.
KMJSelection have donated 3 x state of the art glamorous tweezers contain a LED light and mirror allowing you to achieve those perfectly manicured eyebrows anytime.
Ami-Kay Boutique have donated a $20 gift voucher to use in their in their facebook store.
Arch Angels Inn have offered a 30 Minute Healing Session.