Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
Published December 15th 2014
South Australia's first certified organic market
Certified organic and sustainable goods have never been available in a better location. Originally at Henley Beach, the new Organic and Sustainable Market is now based at Plant One, Fifth Street, Bowden (just off Park Terrace and across the road from Jarmer's Kitchen). It's a convenient one-stop-shop providing a wide range of goods and services from clothing, plants, fruit and vegetables all the way through to hair dressing and henna tattoos. Currently trading from 9am to 1pm every Saturday, this thriving market showcases over 40 stalls a week and growing.
The bright entrance to the large shed that holds the markets.
Officially opened on the 18th of October, it's great to see how much it has grown in the space of just two months. The new location is HUGE. There's so much room for expansion, as well as plenty of onsite (FREE) parking in the vicinity. We found the overall feel to be a lot friendlier and down to earth than some other markets, with a better range of items and wares for sale.
Plenty of car parks are available close to the market.
We really were astounded by the amazing prices on offer for the fresh produce. With bunches of kale and baby spinach from as little as $1.50 there has never been a better excuse to support and buy from local farmers and retailers. You can choose from a large amount of stock, and we can assure you the quality is tremendous. We recommend the kale if you do head down, it's great for a variety of uses including soups, shakes, omelettes and chips.
Fresh veggies - not just a pretty sight, or a crunchy bite - they are affordable too.
Unlike other markets - these guys offer quality AND quantity.
It's a bakers delight with tubs and tubs of flour, oats, rice and other staples. Spelt flour (or dinkel wheat) is available here, which is a great alternative to white flour. It has a higher nutritional value, extra protein and tastes great in cookie and bread recipes. If you are as picky about your eggs as we are, you'll also love the free range biodynamic eggs at this stop.
Grains galore and free-range eggs are also on offer.
Turning the corner to the next lot of stalls, we almost collided into a congregation of fellow market goers. It was here that the smell hit us: fresh coffee. Little Seeds Coffee looked to be the only ones supplying the hot caffeine beverage, sourcing their beans from Peru, their hot chocolate from the Dominican Republic and their organic milk from Paris Creek.
Freshly roasted coffee filled the markets with its enchanting scent.
Instead of coffee today we moved on to the Food 4 Life / Bite Me / Adelphi Greek Food Odyssey combination of stalls which supplied an amazing array of fresh juices, cakes, biscuits and breakfast plates. The juice was our favourite choice here, it was thick and icy cold with a smattering of strawberry, watermelon and basil to name a few of the ingredients. It washed down our gluten free energy balls nicely (another menu item we recommend from here).
The healthy juices on offer are highly recommended by us.
Ample seating is available both indoors and outdoors. Indoor options are at the centre of all the food stalls and right next to the live band for a relaxed atmosphere with a groove. Outside, on a good day when the sun is shining down, marketeers can dine on grass topped crates and wooden 'spools'. This is a great spot to bring the kids, with a play area located right next door that is securely fenced off to make sure they can't run away.
Indoor seating is available right next to the band.
The most intriguing stall on the day went to The Henna Hut. It's a rarity to see talented body artistry available at a local market. Henna tattoos last for about two weeks and can be anything from a simple flower the size of a fifty cent piece up to a full arm sleeve (depending on your budget) - it's limited only by your imagination. As a guide, pricing for a hand and wrist tattoo is around $40.
For the first weekend, henna was available and the pricing was very affordable! This was a popular stall.
We haven't even scraped the surface of the stalls available here, and we don't want to spoil everything either. Instead, we'll tell you to hop in the car and drive down here next Saturday for a stroll. There is so much to see, eat and enjoy.
What is your favourite stall here, or what would you like to see more of in the future?