Witta is a charming rural village surrounded by vistas of gentle hills and abundant pastures in shades of lush green. Just a ten minute drive from Maleny, this area has a peaceful atmosphere which lends itself to slow, simple living, and a 'no pressure' feel.
This no pressure vibe is present at the Witta Market held on every third Saturday of the month, from 7.30-12pm at the old Witta school grounds, which you'll find to be a welcoming, spacious, open area.
The Witta market slogan is "Growers and Producers" and their mission statement (written on the Witta market facebook page) is of "supporting the local economy, to create a sustainable way of life for our community is reflected in our extensive offering of locally grown and produced seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made products".
supporting local growers producing organic produce
On a clear, sunny day the market stalls look good lined up on the lawn, inviting children, families, and friends to sit on the grass, unwind, eat food and chat. Live musicians create a lively upbeat atmosphere, such as saxophonists playing funky jazz. The market is expanding. Each time I visit there is a new stall holder adding their special something to the medley of already established producers.
If you are like me, and frequent markets for plants, you'll find a generous selection of plants here. If you have a fondness for natives, you can find a stall showcasing our wonderful Australian natives and bush tucker like lemon myrtle trees, native rosemary, flowering sago, tea tree, waratah, and banksia shrubs.
A friendly man on his designated end corner sells lovely, nurtured caladiums, colourful flowering orchids, and succulents at a cheap price. For gardeners, there are potted herbs, and seedlings available and stalls dedicated to anthuriums, and other decorative house plants.
There are bales of hay and live chickens for sale, creating a real farm feel. A woman sells lovingly handmade soaps and candles, and an old man stands at a table full of preserves and jams in flavours like beetroot or rosella. Organic fruit and vegies are cheap, there's baked sourdough from a German bakery, cupcakes, food stalls, and handmade creative goods. There is definitely a thriving community of growers and producers here, and of course no market is complete without great coffee.
So if you're ever in the area, come along and check out the way locals do life here and add another cool market experience to your weekend.
If you're curious, while you're in Witta you can check out the old cemetery, a five minute walk away on your right if you're exiting the market. I know it's a morbid thought but if you're interested, there are original epitaphs marking graves and some are inscribed with thoughts, or images and symbols representing the deceased, like musical instruments.
Driving out of Witta Rd onto Maleny-Kenilworth Rd about a five minute drive toward Kenilworth, is a sweeping view of the Mary Valley (pictured above) with its peaks and dives of pastoral looking fields where the Mary River begins.
You can read more about the history of Witta, and her other charming attractions here.