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Published June 4th 2016
Country markets a stone's throw from Canberra
Country markets bring communities together by celebrating unique local produce, art, craft, and entertainment. If you're seeking a charming country market in close proximity to Canberra, then the Hartley Hall Markets are for you.
Hartley Hall Market, Hall. Image from Hall Market Facebook page
Held the first Sunday of every month between 10am and 3pm (excluding January), the Hall Markets boast up to 300 stalls, showcasing the best the Canberra region and beyond has to offer in local produce and gifts.
Salami Shack at Hall Market. Image from Hall Market Facebook page
Art and craft products Baked goods Gourmet foods – sauces, spreads and jams Fresh fruit and vegetables Plants Furniture Clothing
Entertainment such as music, pony rides and children's rides/jumping castle, face painting, and more.
Bron's Crafty Creations at Hall Market. Image from Hall Market Facebook page
Don't forget your cash, as most stallholders will only accept cash (a few stallholders accept EFTPOS or credit card). There are ATM facilities at the Markets most months; alternatively the nearest ATM is at Gold Creek, Nicholls.
Sweet Sugar Creations at Hall Market. Image from Hall Market Facebook page
If you haven't had the pleasure of vising the Hall Market yet, here are the top reasons to check it out:
1. Support local charity, Hartley Lifecare
2. Country-feel market conveniently located close to Canberra
3. Fresh local produce and food
4. Variety of unique arts and crafts
5. Fun family-friendly activities
6. Live music
7. Ample parking
8. Disability friendly
9. A mixture of regular and new stallholders each month, so there's always something new and exciting.
Todd's Tasty Treats at Hall Market. Image from Hall Market Facebook page
A bit about the history of the Hartley Hall Markets
The markets have been running since 1987 and are managed by Hartley Lifecare. Hartley Lifecare is a local charity that offers accommodation, respite and support for children, adults and their families in the ACT and region with physical and complex disabilities. Hartley Lifecare's philosophy is that "while disabilities change lives forever they don't have to stop life or end the quality of life forever".
The markets are located outdoors at the Hall showground, which is great for browsing local finds in the fresh country air – but subject to the elements. If the weather is wet, visit the Hall Markets Facebook page for up-to-date ground and Market closures.