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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published May 20th 2012
If you're heading out south of the city, perhaps to the McLaren Vale wine region or to Victor Harbor, there is a great place to visit and stretch your legs while you browse collectibles and enjoy fresh locally produced food.

Myponga is a sleepy town on Main South Rd, not far past the beautiful sweeping coastal views you see on the right while driving south. It has been a centre for dairy produce since the last century and is still home to the Fleurieu Milk Company, makers of yummy full cream milk.
Myponga Wholesale Country Market
Myponga Wholesale Country Market

From the 1930's to the 70's the Myponga Cheese Factory produced award winning cheeses for the local and export markets. Since its closure The Cheese Factory has become home to the Myponga Wholesale Country Market, a diverse collection of stalls selling new and used goods including vintage collectables, books, vinyl records, old tools, Balinese art and crafts, musical instruments, toys, produce and lots more.
Inside the Myponga Cheese Factory
Inside the Myponga Cheese Factory

After passing the BBQ at the entrance (I couldn't resist a bacon and egg sandwich made with some of the freshest bread I have tasted in years) turn left into an area stuffed with clean used books in good condition which will keep you browsing happily for some time.
A bibliophile's dream
A bibliophile's dream

The next areas display a huge selection of kitchen/household items and glassware which may cause you to pause and reflect nostalgically about things your mother (or grandma) used to have.
Remember these?
Remember these?


The boys can have their fun, too. There are plenty of vintage toys and working tools to explore.
Signs of the times
Signs of the times

If you don't want to spend money, perhaps buy some?
Banknotes from around the world
Banknotes from around the world

If you're a little tired after the journey, reflexology and neck/shoulder massages are available too.
Reflexology
Reflexology

One of the highlights for me was the exquisite collection of colourful Balinese crafts - absolutely stunning.
Incredible workmanship in these crafts
Incredible workmanship in these crafts

It is easy to find time slipping by as you meander this busy market, your attention drawn by the quirky and nostalgic items for sale. This has to be one of SA's hidden gems, with an enormous variety of goods at prices that are more affordable than at larger or better known events. There is even a garden store with books and plants for sale at the rear of the site.
Plants for sale
Plants for sale

After you have seen enough, take a break for a coffee and snack in the cafe while you browse the selection of preserves on offer.
The Market cafe
The Market cafe

I was particularly intrigued by the Feijoa (also known as pineapple guava) chutney, and I bought a jar as I know what a delicious fresh tropical taste the fruit has.
Feijoa chutney
Feijoa chutney

All up I was delighted with my purchases from the Market, and when we left we had a little picnic in an idyllic location just around the corner.
Beautiful picnic spot view
Beautiful picnic spot view

Next time I will call in on the Original Open Market at Christies Beach first, as it is actually on the way. A perfect blend of outdoor and indoor markets.
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Why? A huge range of hard to find collectibles
When: Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 10am to 4pm.
Phone: Simon Dunstone (08) 8558 6121
Where: 46 Main South Road, Myponga SA 5202
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Dave. My name is Simon Dunstone, I've just recently taken over as manager of the Myponga Market and wanted to say thanks for the review and that I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Next time you're down make sure to find me and say hello.
by info (score: 0|8) 1835 days ago
um does he live in Myponga?
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10410) 1936 days ago
hi tryin to find d mccarthy senior ,uncle of elaine, xxxx
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