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Lilydale Rotary Craft and Produce 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.
If you can't eat it, it's craft
This market is held on the first Sunday of the month. The weather on my visit was a little inclement but that didn't stop a good attendance.

Market sign
All roads leading to Lillydale Rotary Market display this banner.

Most stalls were in two rows on the grass. Craft stalls outnumbered the produce ones, but with over forty stalls, all tastes are catered for.

market stalls
All stalls well equipped for inclement weather.

The first stall I noticed had attracted a small crowd, which blocked the merchandise being sold.

crowd at market stall.
Must be interesting.

When the crowd dispersed The Collar Guy was revealed. Close inspection showed his collars were for dogs, custom made on the spot with their name and your contact number.

dog collars
This was the attraction.

dog collars
The Collar Guy at work.

Kim, trading as Yarra Naturals, makes soap. Not just any old soap, but ones of many fragrances. Satisfying my curiosity she explained how her soaps are made.

Kim and her fragrant soaps.

Almost a rarity these days are teapots. Garden Curiosities displayed many colourful ones, many with matching cups and saucers. A good way to impress friends when they drop in for a cuppa.

tea pots
Made for a tea party.

Lilibet original re-creations was a unique stall, displaying a large range of handbags, shoulder bags and purses, all made from recyclable materials.

hand bags
Some of the hand bags.

shoulder bags.
Shoulder bags.

hand bags
More bags.

Moonlight Creations is the handiwork of woodworker Neil. His wooden ballpoint pens, sold in their own little case would make an exquisite gift, as would all of his other wooden creations.

wood products
Neil stands behind his handy work.

wood craft.
Some of his designs.

I was reacquainted with Tom, aka Uncle Mungo, having seen him at other markets, selling his homemade hot sauces. Always greeting his customers and WeekendNotes writers, with a smile and a friendly chat.

Uncle Mungo.
Uncle Mungo.

What looked like many different flavours of ice cream sundaes were candles with aromatic flavours from Kalimera Soy Candles. They look good enough to eat, drink or just to light up.

What a range.

They do look delicious.

A wonderful feature at these markets is that the stallholders are always on for a friendly chat about their products.

row of stalls.
More stalls.

Every market has honey vendors. The Basin Backyard was one here selling pure raw Australian honey. If I lived in The Basin, I may have brought some and asked for a discount as some of my flowers may have been used to make it.

Make a bee line to this stall.

jars of honey.
They are busy bees at The Basin.

A large stall was selling fresh fruit and vegetables and they did look fresh. I also noticed a stall selling local strawberries.

A large variety.

Colourful as well as fresh.

Artist Jennifer of Dew Drop Studio displayed some of her paintings of Australian birds and animals.

art works.
Jennifer and her art.

For the gardener many potted flowers and shrubs were displayed, occasionally getting a drink from above.

pot plants
Large range of pot plants.

pot plants
Even more.

Food wise, there were several outlets, a sausage sizzle, hand-rolled spring rolls and not forgetting the coffee van.

Two entertainers were strumming and singing away at either end of the market.

Strumming away.

guitar player
Another strummer.

While sheltering from the rain in one of the stalls, the owner remarked that no matter what the weather, good markets always attract a good crowd, and this is a good market.
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Why? It's a good market
When: First Sunday of the month.
Where: Bellbird Park, Lilydale Melways map: 38. G.*.
Cost: Gold coin entry.
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