The Bowden housing development is bringing new life to an old industrial area in Adelaide's north west. Once an area known for its grime and crime, much of the old has been demolished and is being replaced with shiny new apartments.
At the heart of the Bowden housing development is Bowden Town Centre, a shopping and community hub centred on the old Clipsal Plant 4 metal workshop. The original Plant 4 building with its distinctive saw-toothed roof has been upgraded to 5 Star Green standard for energy efficiency and sustainability, and is now home to Bowden Town Centre's Plant 4 Markets. Behind the scenes there is some amazing technology to automatically adjust lighting and temperature to suit the ambient conditions outside.
Plant 4 Markets & Bowden Park, at the Heart of Bowden Town Centre
The Plant 4 Markets are a project of the Ceres Group, the successful operators of the Market Shed on Holland and neighbouring IGA supermarket. While the Market Shed on Holland is only open on Sundays and has a major focus on locally grown, sustainable and organic food, Plant 4 Markets retain a similar focus in their twice weekly markets on both Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. Not surprisingly, some vendors will operate at all three markets.
The official opening of Bowden Town Centre was the first opportunity for the public to experience Plant 4 Markets, and a chance to spruik the Bowden housing development. A carnival atmosphere prevailed, with live entertainment, food trucks and lots of free activities for kids in Bowden Park immediately behind (north of) Plant 4. Inside the old building frenzied activity during the previous weeks had transformed the workshop shell into a bustling and vibrant place, with bars, cafes, and market stalls selling quality fresh ingredients, and the best food and wine.
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The Plant 4 market stalls are predominantly food oriented: organic fruit and vegetables, fresh and locally produced. From the ethically sourced organic ingredients sold by Beach Organics, San Jose Smallgoods, and The Tea Catcher through to ready to eat food at the many cafes and food stores in the markets, it's all about food.
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The Plant 4 Markets spread over two levels in the old workshops, with a glass lift to move you easily between floors. Both levels have large well lit under cover dining areas, and upstairs the Plant 4 mezzanine allows you to relax in the sun with a drink and a meal overlooking Bowden Park. What is there not to like?
Plant 4 Markets Manager Jono With Plant 4 Bar Staff
The new twice weekly markets at Plant 4 specialising in organic fruit and vegetables are set to be a real challenge for Adelaide Central Market. At Bowden Town Centre you can still shop for a huge range of organic food while enjoying an awesome range of food and wine - but without the need to travel into the city and pay for parking.
Unfortunately on the Bowden Town Centre Open Day, the entire car park was reserved for Renewal SA's flock of fat cats (38 staff earn between $140k and $421k, not counting their many consultants). However, parking will normally be plentiful, and there is also a tram stop not far away.
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The IGA supermarket at the front of Plant 4 is large, light and airy, offering all the normal household requirements, as well as a range of tempting food choices when the markets are not operating. Plant 4 is set to become a very popular destination - not only for the residents of the Bowden housing development either. It's not properly shown on Google maps yet, but you can drive right next to Plant 4 Markets via Third Street Bowden, off Park Terrace.
Catch the twice weekly markets at Plant 4 on Wednesday from 3pm-8pm and Saturday from 8am-2pm. You will find all you need to know on the Plant 4 Bowden Facebook page, or just come along yourself soon to experience the flavours.
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