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Published July 15th 2014
Fresh food and family entertainment
The Adelaide Milling Co Mill - Focus of the Harts Mill Precinct
The Wild at Hart farmers market is the newest of Port Adelaide's Markets. It's located near historic Harts Mill, one of the most iconic Port Adelaide attractions and conveniently next to the shiny new Harts Mill playground.
On a beautiful sunny winter day the Wild at Hart market was packed, with most car parking taken for a few blocks around. Crowds thronged the market stalls selling organic fruit and vegetables, baked goods, other specialty artisan foods, and tasty treats to keep the hungry crowd happy.
As part of the Our Port initiative Renewal SA had sponsored the Rastelli pop up circus which quickly became one of the most popular activities for kids. Even though the entry queue stretched about 10 metres, everyone was waiting patiently for their turn to enjoy the family entertainment.
There were a good range of farmers market stalls, with products from many regions of South Australia. Apart from the Good Box Organics fruit and vegetables from market gardens north of Adelaide, there was organic honey from the Flinders Ranges and Haddo's hot dogs - made from Kangaroo Island free range pork. After watching many other people eating the hot dogs I finally gave in and bought one too. It was mildly spiced and the meat tasted good with no gristly bits, but I wish I had seen the guide on how to eat them first.
Market Stalls Included Port of Adelaide Branch of National Trust SA
It's sure to become one of the more popular Port Adelaide attractions, but it does highlight a significant irony - Renewal SA paid for this path to showcase the few remains of the inner harbour that they were unable to demolish a few years ago in the face of community outrage. But Renewal SA are now planning to sell Fort Largs and Glenside Hospital's Z Ward despite strong community opposition, instead of turning them into tourism opportunities.
The New Harts Mill Playground is One of the New Port Adelaide Attractions
Of course the new Harts Mill playground was a magnet for young families, providing many different activities for kids on the equipment that I haven't seen elsewhere. But there is something for all ages at the Wild at Hart farmers market, and it's also convenient to other Port Adelaide markets at Fishermen's Wharf which specialise in antiques, collectibles and bric a brac.
You can find the Wild at Hart farmers market on Facebook here, with updates about which vendors will be at the markets next time. The market stalls are open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm, and there are plenty of other Port Adelaide attractions like the Maritime Museum to give you fun things to do all day.
The multi-storey building in the foreground may need some new windows. I'm sure that could easily be done.
However what appears to be a rusty shed in the background could have structural problems. Unless the timber supports in it have rotted away surely it could be renovated in the "style" it was built in