Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Tale of Two Markets - out and about

Although they are only about half an hours drive apart and therefore neighbours, these two markets couldn't be more different!

First stop Gladstone, NSW.
A charming little village on the way to South West Rocks and on the banks of the Macleay River.

Here we found local spinners and weavers -

Gorgeous bouquets of flowers -

Delicious soaps by SundayRose soaps and candles -

 I just had to have some of the patchouli-based soap and the shampoo bar.

Award-winning preserves by East Coast  Gourmet Foods -

 Couldn't resist the mango and chilli chutney and the cranberry and pear chutney.
They also sell boutique cheeses from the Hunter Valley.

I lined up for coffee from Holy Goat and it was well worth the wait!

Limes! I love limes, so we walked away from Bluegum Limes with sublime lime butter and Davidson Plum cordial.

The market is in a very pretty park next to the river.
It had a great vibe.
There was music and produce and sourdough bread (sold out by the time we got there), a selection of nice handmade gift items, organic dry goods, fruit and nuts,

Plants for your own organic veggie patch.

 We'll be back!

Then it was off to our "local" market at Crescent Head.
A very beachy sort of market, with beachy clothing, second hand books, mostly commercial items.
There was local honey and we bought some locally grown and dried bananas which are like lollies only healthy!

It all happens at the park between the caravan park and the beach - a top spot, though it could be very windy at times.

It's shame that these 2 markets are on the same day as I wonder if the Crescent Head on would benefit from some of the stalls that are at Gladstone.

Anyway, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning and I'm sure we'll be back.
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