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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
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Published March 20th 2015
A traditional market providing local produce by local people
Inman Valley Market
Photo: H. Radford


The Inman Valley Market is conducted by mainly local people, promoting local craft items and homemade produce. It is held on the first Saturday of every month from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm.

Secretary, Nicole Springbett said, "The Inman Valley Market has become a tradition in the area. The market was started by the older ladies in the Red Cross living in the district, nearly 30 years ago."

Nicole said, "We still have Joan who will be 88 years old this June. She is an inaugural member. Joan is still a stallholder and she produces her own homemade jams and grows and sells her vegetables, herbs and plants."

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Joan is an inaugural stallholder, who still grows and sells her own vegetables and plants and produces her own homemade jams. Photo: H. Radford.


Nicole said, "We do have some of our children as volunteers, who just love getting involved and helping. They help serve the drinks at the BBQ among helping with other things."

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Volunteers of all ages lend a hand. Photo: H. Radford.


The Red Cross still have a trading table. I met Betty who is an inaugural Red Cross market member. She has been coming into this market for nearly 28 years.

Betty said, "We have 2 different groups come in and serve on our stall. All the homemade scones with jam and cream, homemade soup, and freshly made sandwiches and morning teas are made by our members."

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Red Cross Menu - freshly homemade sandwiches, soup & scones with jam and cream. Photo: H. Radford.


Two local ladies, who call themselves The Half Baked Ladies, Amanda and Anna do a mixture of savoury and sweet food

Said Amanda, "We thought this market offered us a good opportunity to get some therapy in the kitchen at home. We decided to do it at the last moment , that's why we are the 'Half-baked Ladies'.

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Amanda of Half Baked Ladies - We decided to do it at the last moment , that's why we are the 'Half-baked Ladies', Photo: H. Radford.


And the reason for the therapy, we have lots of children. Amanda has four and I have three; and we both live busy lifestyles, so this gives us opportunity to have some time-out."

"With the savoury we use all local produce. The freerange eggs are from my farm. We use local milk and Four leaf Flour or alki Flour which is South Australian and we just bake what we feel like cooking at a particular month using whatever is in season and what we have on hand. We just make the best of what we have."

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We use whatever is in season and what we have on hand. We just make the best of what we have. Photo: H. Radford.


Kate Furler along with her parents operate the Inman Valley General Store & Country Kitchen from 'Inman Valley General'.
A homemade bakery and licensed Café open 7 days a week.

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Just across the road, the Inman Valley General Store and Country Kitchen. Photo: H. Radford


Kate said, "We showcase local produce and local crafts in the area. "A little bit of everything". We source whatever we can from around South Australia."

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Kate presents a range of produce and products from Inman Valley General Store & Country Kitchen. Photo: H. Radford.


Kate said,"We have locally made Jerky by Taylor Made Jerky at Yankalilla , Homemade Spice Girls Saucy Tomato sauce from McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island Honey, and local knitters and crafts people, dried fruit from the Riverland from Schillers, fruit and vegetables from Fruit en Route, which is a company that delivers to us from the Central Markets."

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Young volunteers lend a hand at the sausage sizzle and drinks stall. Photo: H. Radford.


Martina Frolich has an assortment of plants, books, bric-a-bracs, and her own homemade chutneys, relishes and pickles and the odd thing and that. She keeps her own vegetable patch producing and also grows her own herbs which sells in pots.
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Martina and her stall of assorted crafts and homemade products. Photo: H. Radford.


Annemieke Braund maintains the table displaying the Bahai Faith. She also assists at a craft table for the children to make things. Each month it is based on a different virtue.

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Annemieke Braund, of Bahai Faith. Photo: H. Radford.


Annemieke said, "This month is March so we celebrate 'World Harmony Day.' The children are making a poster with pictures of different nationalities, animals and nature, which is all to do with harmony."

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Even our roving reporter is welcome at the craft making workshop for children. Photo: H. Radford.


Chris Allport has various items including her homemade tomato relish and chutney. Her Plum Sauce is an old family recipe handed down from her Auntie Dawn. Her tomato relish and chutney she is trying out from other old recipes.

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Chris' plum sauce and pickled onions are made from very old recipes handed down. Photo: H.Radford.


Her Pickled Onions she makes from an old German recipe, which she was given about 40 years ago. The reason why she doesn't have many jars to sell today is her husband and her children take them. I got a jar and they are fantastic. So for a real treat, get in early before they are all gone.

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Hand made quilt. Photo: H.Radford.


Her jewellery is made by Chris' mother-in-law, who is very talented in what she does. She uses sterling silver and crystals to make beautiful sets of earings.

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Hand made jewellery of Sterling silver and crystals. Photo: H. Radford.


Chris has an assorted display of craft materials on display for quilting such as patch quarters, which are used to make quilts.

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Friendly service from Jane Hall, one of the Mums serving the locally BBQ sausages with onion. Photo: H. Radford.


Di Gray ENJOpreneur: a first time stall holder at Inman Valley Market, has brought chemical free, quality fibre technology to the market. Using only water to clean your whole home and outdoors (including the barbie and car) this amazing cleaning system has been in Australia now for 20 years.
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Enjopreneur, Di Gray - Even cleaning can be fun. Photo: H. Radford.


Di said, "For many years I have worked with children and I have seen such a decline in general health and increase in allergies and thought there has got to be a better way to reduce this effect on our families"

"What is important to me is how Enjo increases my awareness of our health and the environment, and the impact it has in saving time and money ."

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The Inman Valley Memorial Hall. Photo: H. Radford.

Although this market is conducted by a small group of friendly local residents to help promote local produce, plants, homemade foods and crafts, they welcome visitors and other stallholders from outside the area to join them.

Please contact Nicole for details: 0415 060 959

Email: ivmemorialhall@gmail.com
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Why? This market is conducted by a small group of friendly local residents to help promote local produce, plants, tasty homemade foods and variety of homemade crafts.
When: First Saturday of every month from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm.
Phone: Nicole 0415 060 959 Email: ivmemorialhall@gmail.com
Where: Inman Valley Memorial Hall, Inman Valley.
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