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Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 noon. It is held undercover in one of the sheds in the showgrounds on the main road into town. It is located at the northern end of the Adelaide Hills and the southern end of the Barossa Valley. It is a perfect destination if you are having a weekend away in these areas. This is regional South Australian produce at its best, with the majority of the stall holders coming from the Barossa and Adelaide Hills.
There is a huge range of fabulous food at the market every week. Most of the providores have local farms or produce their goods locally. Some of the fabulous fresh food products at the market for you to purchase are; whole fresh free-range chickens, fresh pork and smallgoods, bread and bakery goods such as bagels and cakes, eggs, local wines and beer, cheese, relish and condiments, four leaf milling flours and grains, vegetables, citrus and local fruit in season, sweet treats, coffee roasters, plants and more.
If you would like to know more about each food supplier, you can read their profile on the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market website here. This gives some interesting facts about the products and tells you where the food comes from. Many suppliers are literally just down the road.
Frank has been bringing his fresh fruit and vegetables every week since the market begun. Good on you Frank. Image by Kat May
I was impressed by the wide range of goods and the outstanding quality of the food. You could easily take an empty basket here and fill it with picnic supplies and a bottle of local wine. Then continue on for a country drive around the hills or Barossa and enjoy a sumptuous picnic of South Australian produce. What a fantastic day out.
Many customers go here early and have breakfast before they shop. Gourmet breakfasts are prepared each Saturday morning by Shed2Full with a varied menu full of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. This is the slow food movement at its best. Sit in the comfortable Wisteria Atrium, a bright and airy indoor large venue, for breakfasts and coffee.
You can also buy coffee in the stallholders shed if you prefer to sip on your coffee as you wander the stalls. Here the coffee makers have set up a no waste cups station where you can return your china mug after you drink it.
Another great thing about this market is the no plastic bags in use. Hessian market bags are for sale at the management counter.
The Bagel Shop and Four Leaf Milling organic flours and grains from Tarlee. Image by Kat May
Interesting stalls I noticed was Millbrook Valley Farm, near Chain of Ponds in the hills. They have an assortment of goods including oils and balsamic vinegar, raw honey and skin care products all made with no sprays from their farm. Home beer brewers love their dried hops. They are at the market every 2nd and 4th Saturday.
I also liked the bagel shop, where there was even a gluten-free bagel which I snapped up for morning tea. In fact, I had never had a GF bagel so I was delighted. The freshly baked bread store looked delicious with a variety of fresh loaves. Niche fruits sell SA dried fruit. There is so much to choose from and all stalls have so much variety.
There is a good range of fresh meat for sale. TDM Free Range Pork uses sustainable farming and produces award-winning produce. Pebbly Range Limousin sells Adelaide Hills beef. Bonney Flat Pasture Fed Poultry sell their chickens every week at the market. Taste the difference in these locally and ethically produced meat products here at the market.
If you would like to be a regular shopper at the market, it would pay to become a member. Current rates are $50 per year and this entitles you to a discount on all your purchases at the market. If you still would like a bonus as a day guest you can sign up for a day pass giving you 10% off market purchases. Go to the information counter for more information. Remember to stop by here first to get your discount sticker.
On the last Friday before Christmas, they hold a twilight Farmers Market, where everyone can gather and enjoy the many food trucks and local wines. Relax on the oval with a picnic blanket and catch up with friends. This would make a great pre- Christmas get together to meet family and friends here at Mt Pleasant for the evening. After enjoying some food, you can do your Christmas fresh food shopping. The whole place has a festive atmosphere with many gift hampers and special gifts to buy. Check out the Facebook site here for special events and market news.
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is possibly the best farmers market I have ever come across. Everyone was so friendly and willing to chat about their products and say 'hello'. There is something charming in the name, but even more so with the charming people here, who bring you the freshest wholesome food grown and all prepared with love.
Many thanks to market manager Genevieve, who showed me around and to all the stallholders, for your information for this article.