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Taste the Best Red Wine From Urrbrae Agricultural High at Urrbrae Barn Market


Food markets should be all about local fresh food, and there are few markets where the food is more local than Urrbrae Barn Market.

Situated in the grounds of Urrbrae Agricultural High School, the Urrbrae Barn Market is primarily about selling organic food and wine produced by students at the school from the market stalls.

What's available is generally seasonal, as the produce follow the cycle of production at the school, just like regular farmers markets.

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Fresh Crusty Bread at These Growers' Markets


For example, when the school year has just begun the students have recently acquired chickens. As the chickens grow, fresh eggs will become available, although I'm not sure whether BBQ chicken is on offer at the end of the year.

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Buy Pet Food Such as Guinea Pig Treats


Many of the market stalls are run by Urrbrae Agricultural High students, selling things made by their class - cakes and other organic food for humans, treats for rabbits and guinea pigs, and of course biscuits for my favourite dogs.

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Urrbrae Estate Shiraz - Best Red Wine at the Growers' Markets


South Australian wines are available - made from grapes grown at the Urrbrae Agricultural High school and then fermented by oenology students from across the road at the Waite campus of the University of Adelaide. Regular readers will be aware of the many unique family attractions to be found in the Waite Precinct.

Maxine, the Urrbrae Agricultural High School Business Manager explained that other market stalls are also welcome, provided they comply with the spirit of the Market, for example they must only sell South Australian produce.

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A Great Selection of Secondhand Books at Urrbrae Barn Market


I thought I must have been to every market in Adelaide, so was somewhat surprised to find this growers market practically on my doorstep. Being the first market of the year, things were quieter than usual but despite this there was a good selection of organic food available.

There is a real local community feel, with students and parents selling school goods, while a team of tennis players from the area relaxed nearby with snacks from the food market stalls.

As the ungodly 9am start was a bit too early for me, I probably missed the market's peak busy time. But I was easily convinced to try some of the school's wine before the sun passed the yard arm.

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Booze Bag of Best Red Wine


The 2009 Shiraz made very good drinking for $8 a bottle, so having already pleased the dogs I elected to please myself too.

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Locally Produced Glace Fruit


I was sorely tempted by some of the treats being sold - the glacé fruit reminded me of my childhood when they were a special treat only enjoyed at Christmas.

My savoury inclinations won out, and I again fell for a sausage sandwich from the BBQ sausage sizzle. The sausage was so big it extended a couple of centimetres either end of the bread, and it only cost two bucks. An utter bargain!

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Tasty BBQ Food on the Sausage Sizzle


While I munched on my sausage sandwich I strolled the area, seeing a few old items of farm equipment, that would look well in the fantastic Old Tailem Town collection.

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Old Horse Drawn Cart at Urrbrae Barn Market


There were a large number of modestly priced thriller books on sale, while a number of garden plant market stalls had useful additions for the home garden.

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Australian Orchids and Other Garden Plants


Other stalls sold locally produced honey, natural cosmetic and skin care products, and hats and socks.

Some Urrbrae students had creatively assembled scented ingredients to make DIY cachets, where buyers could choose their own combination of spices and herbs for the required smell.

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Lemon Tart Pies from the Market Stalls


Others had been busy cooking, creating all sorts of organic food including blackberry and lemon tartlets, a variety of jams and almond biscuits.

The Mitcham Lions Club also hold a car boot sale at the Urrbrae Barn Market now, making it even more attractive to bargain hunters.

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Fresh Locally Produced Fruit and Vegetables


It's probably not a good idea to visit this place when you are hungry, unless you bring your wallet. But hey, the prices are very low, the food is awesomely fresh, and it's all for a good cause.

Now who can resist that logic?
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Why? Come sample the locally produced food and wine at these growers markets
When: First Saturday of the month
Phone: (08) 8372 6915
Where: 505 Fullarton Road, Netherby, South Australia 5062
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great pictures Dave. Really gives a good idea as to what bargains one can get at the Urrbrae Markets.

We used to get our eggs there and also picked up vegetables occasionally. And you are right - things there are a bargain.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1589) 1603 days ago
Does the right kind of sachet give clothes cachet?
Those pesky pseudo-homonyms!
by thorn (score: 0|8) 1600 days ago
Although this market is small, it punches well above its weight.

Lots of great food and fresh produce on offer here at bargain prices. Also plenty of quality plants selling cheap, among other interesting stalls. This is definitely why I frequent this market and rate it as one of Adelaide's best.
by fortu (score: 0|8) 1511 days ago
So - Saturday? Its not clear & for some reason doesn't come on on the farmer's market listings
by diane (score: 1|97) 1423 days ago
Never heard of it, so thanks for the brilliant write up-will head there next month for sure!
by beasy (score: 1|50) 21 days ago
Great Photos and write up Dave Walsh!
Mitcham Lions will be supporting this event as of next month with a Car Boot Sale to make the event even more fun! https://www.facebook.com/MitchamLionsClub
by ajuds (score: 0|5) 751 days ago
Fantastic market. Lots of variety, happy people and bargain prices. Do yourself a favour and go. You wont regret it. Parking is a breeze so you can put all your lovely goodies straight in to the car and stay for a coffee. Love it.
by sally (score: 0|8) 295 days ago
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