For a picture perfect snapshot of life on the island, a visit to KI should be timed to coincide with the Kangaroo Island Farmers' Market, where an array of artisan delights await. The monthly market is a showcase, and chance to sample, some of the finest produce that Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Do not expect the traditional farmers' market fare of fresh fruit and vegetables, depending on the season there is a little of this, but not a lot. Instead let your taste buds discover the flavours of Kangaroo Island and its regional produce, such as awarding-winning wine, organic honey, local olive oil, sheep dairy products, fresh seafood, free range eggs, gourmet condiments and delicacies, and home-made cakes and biscuits.
Joining forces with the farmers' market is a community market with a variety of arts, crafts, and treasures to discover. On display and available to purchase are items such as recycled timber furniture, antique silverware, estate jewellery, pottery and ceramics, second-hand clothing, irresistible soy candles by Drift on Bliss, and even some fuzzy little baby chickens and turkeys.
It is a vibrant marketplace with a village-like quality and plenty of interesting stalls to rummage around. On this occasion, there was even a group of ukulele players providing entertainment and creating a cheery atmosphere with chilled out tunes.
By Adelaide standards it is not a large market, but considering the marginal population of Kangaroo Island (approximately 4500 residents), it is a case of quality over quantity. Plus, the market is a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning and the perfect place to pick up breakfast and/or brunch.
On the menu at the Kangaroo Island Source stall was Island Pure haloumi served with a beetroot relish on crusty white bread, which was utterly moreish. Just be sure to save some stomach space for tastings and treats because everything that is delicious about Kangaroo Island is at the market.
Held from 9 am until 1 pm on the first Sunday of every month, the market is attended by locals as well as tourists. It is situated not far from the SeaLink terminal in Penneshaw, so visitors arriving from Adelaide can step straight off the ferry and wander to the market. During the warmer months from October to April it is held at the Penneshaw Oval, while the Lloyd Collins Reserve is the location for the cooler months of May through to September.
With a pristine natural environment brimming with wildlife and surrounded by the mighty Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island has much to offer day trippers and holiday makers. Spend the afternoon lazing on one of the many beautiful beaches after filling up at the market or stay for a few days and visit some of the unique attractions.
Two such suggestions are Raptor Domain with its fascinating birds of prey and reptile displays and the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, where you can learn more about Australia's first true export and the only eucalyptus distillery in South Australia.