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Published October 14th 2011
Some spring colour
The Eltham Craft and Produce Market is held on the third Sunday of each month from February until December, with extra markets leading up to Christmas. You'll find the stalls set up from 8:30am in the Alistair Knox Reserve, where the market has been operating for many years.
Set under a shady oak trees with a historic trestle bridge in the background, the market is picture perfect example of what you'd expect from a little event in the outer suburbs. It has marquee stalls, friendly stall holders, live folk music, a wide variety of products and a pleasant creek-side location.
Browsing among the wares, you'll be able to admire the talent and craftsmanship of wood turners, metal welders, ceramic artists and jewellers. It's lovely also to see the produce from alpaca farmers, who spin their wool into yarn and weave it into clothing items before your very eyes.
At the Eltham Craft and Produce Market, you can pick up some exclusive, hand made pieces for considerably less than what you'd pay in the stylish home-decor and fashion boutiques common throughout Melbourne. There's woven felt wraps, scarves, brooches, purses and handbags to purchase if you're looking for some unique touches to add to your wardrobe.
There's so much to choose from
Also available are many delightful gifts for children. Embroidered bibs, soft blankets and teething aids for the very young; art smocks, pretty hair clips, wooden toys and hand painted bedroom artwork for those a little bit older. A jumping castle and baby animal petting zoo are part of the market as well.
Beautiful baked goods
The Eltham Craft market will entice you with its many food temptations. Take home some rustic oven bread, sweet loaf, prize-winning olive oil, hot dutch pottferjes or stropwafel, fruit preserves, local honey or homemade biscuits all done up in ribbon wrapped packages.
There are delicious jams, home cooked in copper pots and the jam-maker greets passer-bys with a smile before presenting a wooden chopping board laden with thick bread and home made jam samples.
The coffee van generally attracts a crowd but in keeping with a the more bohemian atmosphere of a craft market, you might prefer some leaves from the herbal tea and spice specialists. Or, if it's a a sit down feed you're after, two cafe options are available. The Tea Pot Cafe which is built into the side of the mud brick Eltham library or the historic Shillinglaw Cottage, only metres away.