For a moment I thought I was back in Jerusalem as my senses were arrested by the aromas of eastern spices. Spice Almighty provide a wide range of the freshest herbs and spices, but the favourite at the weekly Sunday Toowoomba PCYC Market is the shrubs. These healthy bargains were walking out by the arm load, including colourful roses and bougainvilleas. Proteas were going at low prices. You couldn't pass up the wide variety of fresh produce at wholesale prices, including mangoes, vegetables, eggs, local honey and some more unusual selections such as Japanese pumpkins and squash chillies.
The customers are as varied as the markets.
Crows Nest Strawberries' produce isn't run of the mill, including moorish olives. Toowoomba Tomato Cage offered unique stackapots for your garden, including self-watering hanging pots. Toowoomba Wellbeing Centre advertised holistic health and wellbeing. GoodMix Superfoods offer specialist produce and rock salts. Bygum Eucalyptus Oil's stall recommend pure Australian eucalyptus oil as a home freshener and natural cleaning agent.
Flea market prices and something for everyone is what these markets are about. For example, you may find carnival glass, bric-a-brac, retro, memorabilia, blue pottery, chrystals, jewellery, tools, tyres, incense, craft, homemade, vintage, toys, candles, pet food, bird seed, budgie chicks, chickens, old records, DVDs, sun hats, colourful frocks, Nepalese shirts, salt lamps, country belts, hippy bags, quality knives, custom made trolleys and second hand books. Even a beautiful chestnut rocking horse left under the arm of a smiling customer.
The markets are a melting pot, attracting people from every race. Chinese traditional music floated from a dulcimer playing classic favourites; CDs available.
Hot food is 'greasy spoon' with limited seating. Delicious Danishes and croissants are available at a stall with a quicker queue. Donuts, coffee and cold drinks such as slushies are available. Odd Jack's Hand Crafted Beverages may appeal, including cold brewed iced coffee.
Toowoomba PCYC Market hosts dozens of stalls on expansive grounds with convenient parking either adjacent to the markets, on James Street, or across the West Creek pedestrian bridge. It's not undercover so a hat and sunscreen plus a bottle of water, are advisable.