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Winter Warming Markets for local produce and handcrafts
Winter is upon us, but there is warmth to be found at local Winter Markets. If it isn't warm local foods then it is the warmth of the local people themselves, as they showcase the goods they are proudest of.
Cockatoo host their Country Winter market the first Saturday of Each Month, so that is 1st of July, 5th of August, the 2nd of September. From 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
They strut, like peacocks, their finest artisan wares. They say, "We have the best of fresh produce, craft, preserves, baked goods, refurbished tools, pet products, poultry, candles, costumes and clothing, woodcraft, jewelry and much, much more! "
The kids will have a grand time parading around the fun atmosphere with their faces painted as live animals or fairies of the forest. No need to bring a picnic, as tasty hot food and cappuccino and hot chocolate sends its tantalizing smells across the market. Click here for more.
Then, in the greens hills of Emerald on the first Sunday of the Month, which is 2 July, 6 August, and 17 September, from 9 am to 3 pm, there is the "Emerald Grow It, Bake It, Make It Market". They say, "Our market features products from artisans that as the name suggests, are either handmade, home business, home grown or baked. We have a diverse number of stalls and the number grows with every market. Our market is a project of the Lions Club and all proceeds are returned back into the community through various groups."
Now that is the spirit of the community that I love supporting. On my bike I am. And for me the drive up, with its stunning views, plus the escape from wintery Melbourne to this wonderful quaint town, is a treat even without the market. With the market is a triple "sundae" treat. This market covers the Main Street and into the Emerald Hall, so you can't miss it and if it's raining, it still keeps giving. See here for more.
If you miss that Emerald Market, there is a Makeup Market as well on the 3rd Sunday of the Month on Sunday 16th of July, 20th of August, and 17th of September from 9 AM to 3 PM. This is held at the local Community House at 356/400 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald. This supports the local community and there is even more on offer with brick-a-brac abundance. See here for more.
They say, "The Emerald Market is vibrant and colourful featuring locally made products and home grown produce right in the centre of town. Visitors can expect a variety of goods including preserves, cakes, hot food stalls, local specialties, vegetables and plants, jewelry, clothing, food, lifestyle products and massage. Our market is plastic bag free, so don't forget to bring along your own bags."
And you might even want to hire a stall yourself and clean out the cupboards.
Homemade Uggies Yipee
This gem of a market, at Gembrook, highlights the best of the outer east of Melbourne and highlights Sustainable Living and Special Speakers. And if you race up the hill against Puffing Billy, you will not miss this special event. This runs on the fourth Sunday of the Month Sunday 25th of Jun, 23rd of July, 27th of August and 24th of Sep from 9 AM to 2 PM. It is snuggled under the shelter of the established Himalayan Blue Pine trees and the whole family can enjoy fresh market foods while watching the various 'shunting manoeuvres' of Puffing Billy.
They say, "Welcome to Gembrook Market - a country market with a sustainable living focus located only 20 minutes from the south eastern suburbs. At the market you will find crafts, plants, fresh produce, hot food selections fresh coffee and more. We have one 'garage sale site' and if occupied on the day you visit, who knows what bargain you may find!"
They also have a jumping castle, farm animals and other activities for the kids. I am jumping to go. See here for more.
Just Koowee to be found at this market
KOOWEE, let us not forget the Koowee Community Market on the second Sunday of the Month on July 9th, Aug 13th, and September 10th from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. at the Cochrane Park, Rossister Road, Koo Wee Rup.
Have you ever heard of such a quaint name for a town to match. They welcome you with that little town warmth and share trash and treasure and craft and trinkets. And serve up loving local made yummy food to share with the whole family. If you lose each other, just "KOOWEE" and you will find each other quick smart.
Finally head out my way to the Pakenhham Community Market. This is a monster of a market and worth the tootle down the Princes Hwy past Beaconsfield. You cannot miss it on the left. It is held at the Toomuc Reserve and Pakenham Football Club Grounds each 3rd Sunday of the Month. Put in your diary, the 16th of July, the 20 of August and 17th of September. Plan for a full day from 8 AM to 1 PM. Jog around the outer circle of the market and pick up the best bargs. And if you are a community group, you can have a stall for free on the day. They support the Lions Club and Beyond Blue and the footie club of course.
So find your footie jumper, and your footie beanie and your gloves and don't forget lots of reusable bags to carry your loot home in. You're going to be warm on the inside from both the wonderful things you buy and eat, plus the walk, and warm in your heart for supporting your local community.
Thank you to the groups websites for the lovely photographs. Hopefully I get to each of you, to take some of my own.