I've written about the grand opening and launch of MrDuk @ Vision Gardens and I've even written about the owner operator Dave who has his fingers in a few pies. However I've never actually attended any of the events or markets at Vision Gardens. I generally do like to attend the markets I write about at least once to get a feel first hand of what it's like. I didn't go to the Mother's Day event as I had plans of my own, hence this time, it's 3rd market event, I thought I'd check it out.
Keeping in mind that the main focus is MrDuk's cafe and restaurant on this large property at Vision Gardens; that they happen to run a monthly market there with a view to it eventually growing along with Vision Gardens into a full scale market with 30 plus stalls instead of under 10 stalls each month at this baby steps stage.
Even with just 6 stalls at the market when I attended, I was excited to see that they were such good quality stalls with so much to them, one could and had to actually take the time to look at the huge variety of items each stall had. These stallholders definitely deserve a larger audience. In the ambient surrounds it was definitely pleasant to stop and chat, browse and buy, then stop in for a cuppa and a duck pie complete with a berry tart for sweets. A very relaxing morning spent indeed.
Market day 13 June 2015 and what wonderful stalls they had
Vision Gardens itself has only been open three months with the cafe and restaurant operating in full swing and other parts of the property already taking shape. The gardens and other areas had been cleaned up (I visited before the launch) in preparation for other plans to become a reality. Fresh herbs and vegetables were being put in the ground and there's a large space out the back that has been cleared up where the market will eventually go when it becomes full scale.
Imagine MrDuk's dream if you will. A restaurant and cafe that uses its own home grown produce of herbs and vegetables for the wonderful fresh food cooked there. A large playground to keep the kids happy while mum and dad check out the markets. A one stop shop that families can enjoy on their day out to Bittern. Meanwhile, there's still plenty to enjoy on market days when the amazing stall holders step out and brave the 'baby steps' stages. Do spread the word, check it out yourself and feel free to share the article on your friend's pages.
Felt Fairy had an amazing array of felted goods. I got a little purse and some felted dolls and blooms which I promptly put on my soft wool jacket when I got home. I liked that it immediately brightened it up.
Felt Fairy has a website where you can check out their items, as well as a Facebook page. The stall holder tells me this is her hobby to help out the Nepalese in some small way after their recent tragedies. All the items are made by the skilled women in Nepal, are 100% wool felt and produced under Fair Trade conditions with sales of the items benefitting the people.
Diane Ford - Independent Phoenix Trading is a one stop shop for all your cards and stationary. She has greeting cards, matching stationary, gift items and more. You can even get cards and tablecloths to colour in yourself which is always great to get the kiddies involved when hosting their birthday party. Speaking of hosting, you can also get a few friends together and host a Phoenix Trading party. They've just released some fantastic new products and she tells me that they're hoping to find an artist who will design some Australiana goods. Think you're up to the task? If you are, give Diane a call.
I cannot speak highly enough about The Calico Co and the wonderful workmanship by Leah the stall holder. She crafts and sculpts as she sits there at her stall, wasting not a moment building up her stock. As you can imagine, each sculpted doll takes a lot of time to put together, not to mention money. I attempted (yep attempted is the keyword here) to make a couple of cloth dolls once, attending a class at Spotlight in Springvale. Just the materials alone came up to $89. Check Leah and her fantastic creations with nostalgic items like Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Golliwogs which I hope will never phase out as they evoke so many childhood memories for many.
Scent with Intent does not just have a Facebook page but a website in the works as well. At this stall you'll find hand poured, ethically made pure soy scented and purpose built spellcraft candles, spellcraft oils, car air fresheners, soaps, gemstone silver jewellery, orgonite and changing plates and more. As a psychic, this lady has a lot of the items at the stall that relate to cleansing and healing. All very interesting information to take in and learn about so have a chat next time you visit Bittern.
Beyond the Picket Fence is just amazing. They have country gifts and homewares and I kid you not, many of the items there would easily fit into any house and garden magazine that display decorated rooms. Connie makes country and primitive decor and specialises in Christmas crafts. She has such wonderful ideas and her items were definitely a delight to check out. To be honest I was more like a stall-stalker and couldn't keep my eyes off her goods. You definitely need to look this lady up. A crafter for 28 years, her experience and good taste shows. She also has a website.
Sam Clark Photography is one stall I didn't capture too many pictures of. As I had taken a couple of people with me, i was also busy with them and getting a bite to eat in the couple of hours I was there. Each time I attempted to see Sam, she was busy with customers, and good on her too. Here's another lady that uses her wildlife photography to help conservation organisations whom have stolen her heart. She's had this long love affair with Africa she's never been able to shake off. She's the Australian co-ordinator for Walking for Lions and she also supports orphans and schools in Africa. Check out her Facebook page and read her 'about' section to find out more. Sam also runs wildlife photography tours to Africa, so if you want to get on board, feel free to contact her.
At her stall you'll find not just her wildlife photography but magnets and stationary and more that carry her photographs. I got a couple of regular photograph size fridge magnets with images of Sam's lions on it and a couple of great proverbs to boot. 'It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it' and 'It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life'. How cool is that.
Above are images of the cafe and restaurant which has taken shape and ready to go. There's a lot of garden space where you can enjoy a quiet moment with a friend or just sit there and read in the warm sun of a winter morning as you watch the herbs and vegetable garden grow.
Make sure you're at the next market in July as it promises to be special. Put the date in your diary so you don't miss out. Who doesn't like celebrating Christmas a little early without the craziness involved. All you need to do is head out to Vision Gardens, enjoy MrDuk's food and beverages and check out the lovely ladies of the Bittern market and have a beautiful country drive morning. See you there!
Be there for the Christmas in July market, cafe and restaurant event.