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Local producers showing us their seasonal best
A small country market with plenty of bargains, yet only 25 minutes from the City up in the picturesque Adelaide Hills at Uraidla. Established in 1994, the Uraidla Hills Producers Market is now 21 years of age, and is still going strong and still offering lots of great locally produced goods for locals and visitors alike.
Held inside and outside of the Uraidla Institute on Greenhill Road at Uraidla, these markets are a popular event for locals who relax, wander around, feast on some country goods, redesign their garden or buy a gift, all while enjoying some fine local camaraderie. With around 12-15 stalls open at each market, the focus of the market is definitely upon quality and not quantity.
Prepared food stalls include homemade gourmet goods such as bread, cakes, pies and biscuits, while other stalls are stocking homemade jams, chutneys and marmalades. In addition Christines Cakes are on hand to prepare coffee or Devonshire tea, and with a few tables strategically placed nearby, why not enjoy the moment before attacking the remaining stalls.
Positioned centrally within the Institute are a number of stallholders selling a range of garden products including various plants, annuals, bulbs, succulents and cut flowers. As a regular observer of plants that are sold at markets, these plants seemed to have been looked after well, in contrast to some that often look like they were extracted from someone's garden yesterday.
Other gift stalls are selling handmade jewellery, natural and chemical free skin care, needlework, knitwear, quilts and teddybears. In addition there is also a range of original arts and crafts, candles, and local wines and oils for sale. A book stall at the front of the Institute is unmanned but operates on an honour system with a gold coin donation for each book purchased.
Finally outside of the Institute, some traders look to sell some fresh seasonal and locally produced fruit and vegetables. Rhubarb, strawberries, apples, lettuce and cauliflower appear in season at the moment judging by the stock on the back of the trailers, all of which looks as fresh as any other fruit and vegetable at any other market.
The Uraidla Hills Producers Market is open from 10am to 3pm every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month throughout the whole year. The Market is held at the Uraidla Institute which is on Greenhill Road in the centre of Uraidla. Uraidla is just 17km from the City Centre of Adelaide and is best reached by travelling the full distance on Greenhill Road.