Beanie, check. Scarf, check. Over-sized coat, check. Rugged up and ready to go, we and many others have ventured into the rather fresh winter air to enjoy the many delights of the Stirling Market.
Held on the fourth Sunday of each month (with the exception of December), the market is only 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD via the South Eastern Freeway.
With around 85 stalls to explore, local goods colour Druid Avenue as freshly baked grub and roasted coffee created a mouth-watering aroma travelling the street.
To the background melody of acoustic musician ‘Forte’, you can sample local cheese and wine and other local produce and homemade goods. Local designers and artists add something different to the market, along with other jewellery, craft, pottery and antique stalls. An array of natives, shrubs, bulbs and cut flowers are also available for all you green thumbs. Stirling Market Committee member Richard James said the event receives much local support, with four to five thousand people expected to attend most Sundays.
While some stallholders are from out of town to improve variety, Mr James said over 60 per cent are from the Adelaide Hill’s area. “The basic foundation for the market is for the stallholders to make it, bake it, grow it, or sew it", he said. “All the money raised after the expenses of the market go back into the community and we have donated over $100,000 so far."
Skilled spinner and weaver, Wilma Bajka, for years has watched the market grow. “A big part of why I come here is to meet new people, to socialise. [The market] is so well organised and the people are so friendly,” she said. While there are many regular stalls, the goods for sale are always changing to accommodate the different seasons and attract people back to the market for something new.
Make a day of the next market, Sunday the 23rd of August 10.00am till 4.00pm on Druid Avenue. For further details visit the market's website
Images courtesy of Sue James and Sara Gilligan
Header image taken by Sue James