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Healsville 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.
Published November 2nd 2019
Plant your feet in this market to buy plants
On the first Sunday of the month, the River Street car park is taken over by the Healesville Community Market.

Market sign.
Getting close.

It's quite a large market and unlike many markets, it is on a solid surface so the wheelchairbound can have an easy market experience.

Market stalls
Asphalt beneath the feet.

Entering the market area, the first impression was that plants dominate the stalls.

plants for sale.
A large array of small plants.

There were stalls selling flowering plants and shrubs, roses, trees, seedlings and tomatoes plants. Quite successfully, judging by the number of people wandering around with an armful of plants.

plants for sale.
More verdant offerings.


tomato seedlings
Hundreds of tomato seedlings.

I like to seek out unusual items when I visit markets. One of those was Chris's Firepits. These are cleverly made from disused gas cylinders. "They will last a lifetime," says Chris, "as they are made from hardened steel."

Firepits
Some of Chris's practical creations


BBQ
A BBQ with a difference.

Another stallholder exercising their welding skills was Corban trading as Rustcut. He specialises in metal cut-out silhouettes of Australian animals and birds. Just the decoration to add to a bare wall or fence in your garden or patio.

silhouettes
Corbin and his creations.


Animal & bird silhouettes.
A selection of his designs.

Another artisan stall was selling handcrafted wooden children's toys. The wooden horses' heads looked very attractive.

kids toys
Wooden toys for kids.


horse heads
Wooden horse heads.

Surprisingly there was only one outlet dispensing coffee, so naturally they were kept busy.

Another surprise for a market was the lack of food outlets. Only two. The Healesville Scout Group operated a sausage sizzle and also offered egg & bacon sandwiches.

Food and coffee
Sausages to the left, coffee to the right.

The other food outlet was cooking proffertjes, those tasty little Dutch pancakes.


Several stalls were selling books, either as a sole product or in conjunction with other items. The biggest was operated by Peter Wood, an author himself.

book stall
The bookseller selling his own book.

Several stalls were selling used items such as old tools, power cords, and bundles of rope, golf clubs, toys and even a wheelbarrow.

This & that
What, no kitchen sink.

Speciality stalls were offering honey, spices, candles and soaps, bags of fruit, clothing and jewellery.

Market stalls
A row of stalls.

Although the market was busy there appeared to be easy parking along River Street.

If you are not into sausage sizzles and proffertjes, 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 market day to enjoy all the other things at your fingertips.
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Why? It's a market.
Where: River Street Healesville. Melways map: 279 C. 12.
Cost: free
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