If you time your visit to Willunga just right you may be lucky enough to stumble upon a trifecta of markets. A Bermuda Triangle effect can occur on such occasions, but rather than planes and boats vanishing without trace, it is your time and money that may disappear. While your wallet may be empty and your Saturday morning gone for another week, your shopping bag will be brimming with bargains and your belly bulging with home-made delicacies.
The Willunga Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8 am until 12.30 pm in the Willunga Town Square, but on the second Saturday of every month from 9 am until 1 pm there are two other markets to add to the mix.
One is the Willunga Artisans Market in the Old Show Hall, which showcases the creations of local artists and craftspeople. The other is the Willunga Quarry Market held at the Willunga Recreation Park, which is near the Willunga Rose Garden and can be reached from Main Road or Aldinga Road.
The Willunga Quarry Market was established in 1986 and claims to be "the Fleurieu Peninsula's premier country market". Entry to the market is free and there are various products on offer with just the right amount of stalls to keep anyone amused for an hour or so, but not enough to be bamboozled.
There are lots of local crafts, mouth-watering morsels, colourful clothes, antique homeware, vintage jewellery, second-hand books, native plants, and so much more to be discovered.
Wandering through the market and hunting for treasure is a leisurely way to spend a Saturday morning. There are several highlights from my most recent visit worth mentioning, such as the eye-catching display of succulents potted in all sorts of everyday objects like teapots and whatnot.
The aromatic soy candles at Wicked Willy's Wicks are hard to ignore and Beach Organics is the place to go to pick up some organic herbs and spices. If it's organic wholefoods you're after, the Singing Cricket Food Co-op just up the road is worth checking out as well.
The gorgeous gourmet dog treats from Pupcakes got my stomach rumbling. Luckily, there are food stalls for humans too, such as a sausage sizzle and bakery, so I saved the pupcake for a canine friend and instead enjoyed a super smoothie from Pure Love.
If you'd rather sit down at a cafe for a meal or relax with a coffee and cake, take your appetite to the Green Room on High Street, it specialises in organic vegetarian fare and is just a short stroll away.
Back at the market, I was particularly pleased to find a traditional blacksmith working on original hand-forged wrought iron pieces who was able to customise a very special gift for an upcoming wedding.
You never know what you'll find at the Willunga Quarry Market. My mantra at the market was "just browsing", however I did manage to leave with my hands full, so do be sure to bring a shopping bag or two. It's a great place to pick up some interesting gifts for loved ones or a little something for yourself. The Willunga Quarry Market website has all the details.