I'm a mother, wife, writer and online store owner. I've lived in the southern suburbs of Adelaide all my life.
Published May 8th 2012
The Willunga Farmers' Market was the first of its kind in South Australia.
The market first opened its figurative doors in February 2002 with 18 stalls. Now it is thriving and a great chance to get out and about and sample the local fresh and baked produce in the area. More information on the history of the market can be found here.
The market is located in Willunga Town Square, in historic Willunga, 10 minutes south of the beautiful wine region of McLaren Vale and is held every Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm, regardless of the weather.
As well as offering a wide range of local produce to take home, there are a number of opportunities available to grab a quick breakfast on the run or sit down in the eating area and enjoy the sunshine, or escape the rain under the sheltered trees (although having said that, if it's raining you will probably still get a little damp, but that's part of the fun of an outdoor market isn't it?).
If you're a person who needs their morning coffee before they can possibly consider doing any serious shopping, put your nose to the air and follow the delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee to Piccolo Espresso. If you need something more substantial in your stomach Piccolo Espresso also sells scrumptious cakes and biscuits cooked locally in Willunga using as many fresh and organic ingredients as possible.
If you can't bear the thought of moving too far away from your source of caffeine and sugar, take home packs of organic and fair trade coffee as well as organic teas, infusions and drinking chocolate are for sale. A range of gluten free products are also available and I'm told they're equally as delicious – I think I will have to buy some to test this next time I'm at the markets – purely for research purposes of course.
Fresh coffee brewing, fresh bread baking and the smell of rain as it first touches the ground and brings everything to life after a hot summer day are amongst my favourite smells. There is nothing quite like these smells to calm you, relax you and in the case of the fresh bread at least, make your stomach grumble.
Beach Organics and Flour Power Breads have that alluring smell that draws you in and makes you wish you hadn't eaten such a big breakfast and start to plan ahead for lunch.
Beach Organics are well known at the markets for their fresh breads as well as spices and condiments. The hand-kneaded organic wood oven sourdough loaves can't be beaten and are a favourite amongst the locals. This bread goes beautifully with the fresh pumpkin soup that you won't be able to resist making from the fresh pumpkin you bought at one of the popular and fresh produce stalls.
More information on Beach Organics can be found here
Flour Power Breads also use only certified organic flour and mainly South Australian ingredients. As well as the yummy, irresistible pesto and cheese scrolls, Vegemite scrolls and fruit, nut and cinnamon scrolls, Flour Power Breads also bake a unique bread, 'Egyptian Gold', made from an ancient grain suitable for those who are wheat or gluten-intolerant.
There are approximately 55 stalls currently participating in the market and although I would love to write about them all and tell you how amazing they all are and how you couldn't possibly leave the market without buying something from everyone, that would ruin the fun; you need to go and experience what's on offer for yourself.
A list of all sellers at the market can be found here - everything from bakery items, seedlings and herbs, to free range eggs, fruit and vegetables and freshly cut flowers.
Membership to the market costs $35 per year and entitles a member to a 10% discount at all stalls, excluding the breakfast stall. Information on membership is available here.
If you're looking for a day out with your favourite pooch, dogs are allowed at the market as long as they are on leads.
Rain, hail or shine, the markets are always bustling with life, so if you're looking to avoid the crowds I would suggest you get there early and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and then take your time to wander between the stalls and spend far more money than you'd planned on great quality produce.