An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published March 27th 2012
Every Sunday morning between 6am to 10.30 am, a quiet corner of suburban Windsor springs vibrantly to life. Stocked stalls appear and customers in colourful clothes wander calmly through the rows to the music of buskers. There's definitely an alternate feel to the place, primarily due to the type of goods for sale and the typical buyers from the targeted market group.
Northey St Markets are one of only four markets in the Brisbane region dedicated solely to the sale of certified organic produce. This extends beyond the fresh fruit, vegetables and juices to items such as T-shirts, bags, scarves and baby toys made from organic materials. Beyond the earthy organic to the spiritual, there are available psychic readings and alternative therapies. I have had many memorable, peaceful sunny Sunday mornings wandering these markets with my partner, who sometimes busks there.
Sitting down in makeshift cafe, often sharing a table with strangers, the community spirit is tangible. My little boy and his guitar successfully debuted there last week as a busker, which makes me feel like a stall holder. As someone commented to me, the nurturing environment of the market is the perfect place for your first, public performance.
My two favourite stalls would be the one where I bought an oriental tea pot for my chamomile tea and my partner bought me a colourful coffee mug with a lid and the free book stall where I have picked up several self help books. I would highly recommend these intriguing markets as a quaint, Sunday morning activity, undertaken alone or with the family.