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Published November 1st 2016
Shopping Heaven at Hinterland Markets
We all love to stock up on fresh, local products, speciality fare, original creations or old treasures and with Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time than now. Grab your recyclable bags and enter shopping heaven at one of these Hinterland Markets.
Growers and Farmers Market
1. The Big Pineapple Growers Markets Nambour Connection Road, Woombye
These indoor and outdoor markets have fresh, locally grown produce, direct from the farms. The local farmers have a passion to offer fresh, chemical free fruit and vegetables. Every second Saturday of the month is the Bubs & Kids Market, which runs at the same time as the Growers Market. If you have items that the children have outgrown, why not get yourself a stall and get some cash back for these items or do some bargain-hunting to replace said 'outgrown' clothing. Every last Saturday of the month, is the Car Boot Sale - have your own or just go along to browse, it's amazing what treasures can be found in someone else's boot.
2. Yandina Plant and Produce Markets Yandina Sports Ground, North Street, Yandina Every Saturday from 7.00am to 12.00pm
Yandina Markets provide the perfect opportunity for you to buy a unique gift for someone special. They have food, flowers, collectibles, deli goods, plants - direct from the growers - books, secondhand and recycled goods from many local producers.
I've been told that this market is absolutely the biggest and the best for plants from local producers at the best prices. With summer just starting a great excuse to get into the garden.
3. Blackall Range Growers' Market 316 Witta Road, Witta Every third Saturday of the month 7.30am to midday
Blackall Range Growers' Market - Image: Elaine de Wet
This is a monthly market where the cream of the crop producers on the Blackall Range can showcase their produce. Seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made value-added products are available. You can also get local organic pork, beef and chicken, vegetable and herb seedlings, organic dry goods, mulch hay, Obi Obi Valley olive oils, honey, locally made pies, macadamia oil body products and soaps.
Why not treat yourself to a drive in one of the most scenic spots in the Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast and enjoy this great market - this was the one that I mistakenly thought was the Witta Oktoberfest. These markets are located in a large grassed area, ideal for the littlies to run and play, while you do some shopping and with plenty of parking available, an excellent excuse to get out for a drive.
4. Crystal Waters Country Market
65 Kilcoy Lane, Conondale
First Saturday of every month (except for January) 8.00am to midday
Crystal Waters Country Market is famous for its friendly and relaxed community atmosphere, live music from local artists and idyllic rural setting. Crystal Waters is a Wildlife Sanctuary, so unfortunately, our furry family members will have to miss out on this one. Kangaroos, wallabies, other Australian fauna and varieties of birds are plentiful, which has proven to be a big attraction for visitors.
Local produce and handcrafted wares are available including fresh organic vegetables and sourdough bread direct from the wood-fired oven - heaven for 'real' bread and pastry lovers. You'll also find cakes, dips, plants, seedlings, honey, clothing, massage, reflexology, face painting for the children and bits 'n bobs to rummage through. There's even a playground area for the children.
5. Montville Growers and Makers Market
Village Hall, Main Street, Montville
Second Saturday of every month 7.30am to midday
Historical Village Hall - Image: Elaine de Wet
This market was first started in 2009 and is held in and around the historical Village Hall. It has stalls selling locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants, home-made produce, fresh breads and cakes, organic foods and fair trade coffee, natural juices and gardening products.
A delicious, wholesome pancake breakfast and an organic sausage sizzle is designed to sustain each and every dedicated market goer.
A monthly art market co-ordinated by Arts Connect Inc, a non-profit organisation in Maleny, who support ARTists and CONNECTing communities. Arts Connect Inc's goal is to establish and promote the hinterland as a unique 'arts destination' and to stimulate a greater understanding of the arts within local communities. This is a great market for you to browse, chat to the artists and buy something fabulous either for your home or as a gift for someone special. On only once a month on the second Saturday, it's definitely a worthwhile outing to bookmark.
7. Maleny Art Craft & Collectables Market
RSL Hall, Bunya Street (opposite the Maleny Hotel), Maleny
Every Sunday 8.00am to 2.00pm
Take a trip to scenic Maleny, which has so many interesting shops and cafes, but on Sundays the very popular Maleny Market is a must-do. Not a huge market but with a large variety of food, coffee, collectables and arts and crafts. Raining? No problem, this market is indoors.
Over thirty undercover stalls include organic produce, an organic Fair Trade Cafe, locally produced arts and crafts, antiques and collectables, books, jewellery, candles, soap, jams and pickles, hot food and even massages.
The Country Markets on this list are perhaps not your usual run-of-the-mill frequented markets (I see this as a huge plus), but if you're looking for quirky, in picturesque scenic destinations, why not give one, or all of them, a try. With Christmas just around the corner, a shopping excursion in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland could just be your breath of fresh air.