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Healesville Community Market

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Here, the plants do the eating
This is one of two monthly markets held in Healesville. This one held on the third Sunday.

Market sign
It's this way.

It is almost on the banks of the nearby Watts River, opposite the site of the first Sunday of the month market.

coronation park
The market is in Coronation Park

It's not a large market, only about twenty stalls on my visit, but very few duplicates of products.

market stalls
Some of the stalls.

The most intriguing stall was Empire Carnivorous Plants. Owner Stuart explained that they are a native of the east coast of the USA and eat European wasps, flies, moths and other flying insects.

Carnivorous plants
Stuart pointing out the finer points of carnivorous plants.

Carnivorous plant
They do look attractive.

As in most good markets artisans were in good supply.

Moskette Wooden Toys are handmade toys and other interesting wooden products, such as many different shaped hookey boards.

Wooden toys
Wooden toys and hookey boards.

Rowan and Mae Macramé make hanging flower potholders, weaving their macramé magic in interesting ways.

Rowan & Mae or is it Mae & Rowan?

Some of their macrame magic.

Every market these days seem to have cut out metal wall hangings. There was a large variety of different ones at this market.

Metal wall hangings
Part of the range of metal wall hangers.

Tony has brought his Man Cave Treasures to the market. His specialty is handmade knives fashioned out of scrapmetal. His other specialty is his receipt book.

Tony's range of hand made knives.

Read Tony's sign.

Only two stalls were selling garden plants, apart from the carnivorous ones. Between them, they offered a good range for the home gardener.

plant stall
Plants and other things.

Almost in a category of its own was a stall selling over twenty different herb seedlings. Sharon's business is "Shazaray" and she explained that the herbs were for flavouring and for medicinal purposes.

herb seedlings
Sharon watching over her 'babies.'

Comfrey anyone?

Books, CDs and clothing made up some of the other stalls, along with, soaps, gardening gloves, honey and preserves and banana bread.

A row of stalls.

What was missing were food stalls. Luckily, Sips coffee were there. Resident barista Michelle weaved her magic, or should that be brewed her magic, to produce my hot cappuccino, to my personal recipe – very hot, one sugar, stirred not shaken.

coffee cart
Will I, or won't I.

Michelle making my coffee.

There is a large choice of eateries in the nearby main street of Healesville. And don't forget the Healesville Sanctuary only of few kilometres out of town.

It is worth visiting Healesville on any market day to enjoy all the other things at your fingertips. Adjacent to the market location are two off-leash dog areas and a very pleasant short walk along the Watts River.
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Why? It's a market, why not be there.
When: Third Sunday of the month.
Where: Coronation Park. River Street Healesville. Melways map: 270. B.12.
Cost: free
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