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Published November 24th 2015
A taste of country at this friendly market
At the start of the Barrier Highway, which stretches from the Clare Valley to outback Broken Hill, lies Riverton. This historic small town is nestled at the southern end of the Clare Valley and has a friendly country style community. Here locals hold a regular monthly market. It is a not for profit venture, run by volunteers for the community.

Riverton Market
A gourmet selection of local produce in the delicatessen range available at the market. Also some jewelry scarves and lots more. Image by Out and About.

I was welcomed by one of the market organisers Jo, who said the market is an important addition to the town. Local residents can come down to the main street, have a chat, and do a bit of shopping. The market is also popular with travellers on the highway. and people from nearby towns. The Clare Valley has many visitors to this famous wine region. The market is held on the third Saturday of the month, except for January.

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Some of the stall holders at the market. Image by Out and About.

All of the stallholders come from the surrounding district, and bring with them the best of country produce and wares. Some are regulars, while other stall holders come along when they have seasonal wares. This market really is a mini showcase for all the bounty of produce in the region. The food items present on the day I attended were; local olive oil, dips and condiments, homemade cakes and biscuits, fresh loaves of bread and baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fruits from the Riverland and a country butcher selling smallgoods and pork chops. Plenty of options for a picnic lunch down at the local park. I was quite delighted with the items for sale and the freshness of the food.

Riverton Market
Saddleworth Country Meats are at every market day selling a range of locally made smallgoods and german style smoked pork chops

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Lovely home spun knitwear from sheep's wool and mohair for sale at the market. Image by Out and About.

Other non- food goods for sale include pet supplies, books, jewellery, home spun knitwear, comforting scented candles, hardware items and lovely silk scarves. First time stallholder Sally, from Lisett's Little Bazaar showed me the range of tie-dyed clothing and manchester.

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A ranged of tie dyed items all made in the region. Image by Out and About.

There was even a country based mobile travel agent at the market. Morning teas are supplied by the volunteers from the locally based Sholz Park and Museum. For a small market, there is a good variation of goods for sale and all excellent quality crafted items.

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Happy volunteers from the Sholz Park and Museum have morning tea all organised for you to sit a spell and relax. Image by Out and About.

This small market is located at the Riverton Institute or Town Hall, held both inside and outside. This is on the main highway in the centre of town. It is open on the third Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. If you are planning a trip to Burra or Clare, do stop by and support these local crafters and foodies with their delightful quality products. I bought some olive oil, vegies and some goodies for lunch.

DIRECTIONS TO RIVERTON-To get to Riverton from Adelaide, take the Northern Expressway via Port Wakefield Road at Gepps Cross. After the Galwer bypass turn off to the Clare Valley. From here it is 51 kilometres from the Gawler bypass. Take the Barrier Highway turn off to the right, which is a short way after the last fuel stop Tarlee.

A stop at this market, and perhaps a picnic later, would make an ideal contribution to a day trip to the area from Adelaide. There are many other things to do on a drive around the area, such as the Riverton Art Gallery and nearby at towns such as Kapunda.

Riverton Market
Image by Out and About.
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Why? For a little taste of the country.
When: Every third Saturday of the month, except for January.
Where: Riverton Town Hall
Cost: Free entry.
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