Nestled between Belgrave and Upwey and adjoining Sherbrooke Forest to the north, this foothill township of the Dandenong Ranges named after the Tecoma shrub is 34km east from Melbourne's central business district. Thrown into the limelight for their protests against the McDonalds giant setting up in their town, this area is of cultural significance and biodiversity.
Supported by Tecoma Traders and Indie Market Place, Tecoma is launching its first Outdoor Market on Saturday 21 March from 9am to 2pm. It'll be filled with local produce, crafts and more to showcase what this beautiful town has to offer. Proposing to be a regular market every 3rd Saturday of the month, take note of dates as listed in the picture further down the article. This market will provide a niche for the community to come together to enjoy a family day out and to enjoy the wonderful wares of the stall holders.
If you're not local, go ahead and do something random and extraordinary and head over to the little township of Tecoma and enjoy its very first open air Market Day. Show your support by joining the Event Page and letting this little town of just over 2000 population know you're on the way.
Pictured further below are the two ladies who came together to stir up more excitement for Tecoma by making this outdoor market located behind the shops car park (entry on Sandells Road, Tecoma) happen. Karen is President of the Tecoma Traders Association and Eva the organiser from Indie Markets/Belgrave South Community Markets.
Karen also operates the Piccaninny Preloved and Recycled children's clothing in Tecoma and has been wanting to have a market there for some time. Being time poor it took bumping into Eva late last year for this market dream to come to fruition. As you can imagine, a lot of brain storming went on to bring this independent market dream to reality and they hope that other neighbouring towns will frequent the market and discover the lovely local produce there.
To mention but a few stalls, you'll find Reptarium (aquarium and reptiles) selling fish and pet food on the day, along with Christine Bailey who makes beautiful hand made hanging planters from old and new birdcages. She also sells succulents at her stall. The one stop shop for teenagers and adults fashion, D.M.G. Fashion will be joining the market on the day as will Leanne's Custom Pots with her beautiful flowering plants, herbs and vegetables. You'll also find stalls filled with bread, fruit and vegetables, vintage clothing and wares, ladies fashion, home wares, children's clothing and more.
With MrDuk at the market, food will be the least of your problems. Looking at the food porn on his website will have you salivating long before it's market day. Dumplings, pork sliders, duck cooked and served in a variety of ways and even prepared as a ready meal for you to take home for the family for a fuss free dinner. Head on down to the market and have yourselves a good time!