More than a shopping experience a market is a community event complete with activities, entertainment, great food and beverages as well as an array of shopping. Well that is what the good ones offer.
The Northern Beaches offers a multitude of markets on various dates where shopping is really a hands on experience.
COVERED. went on a tour of what is on offer for market devotees.
The Beaches Market is held each Friday between 8am and 1pm at Pittwater Rugby Park in Warriewood. It started with the motto ‘Fruit and Veg are Fresher on Fridays’ and say it still holds true.
There are more than 100 stalls leaving plenty of room for parking and access for both stallholders and customers. There is friendly buzz with people treating a trip there like a day out.
And it has everything available to ensure this is the case, form great food. As well as shopping you can enjoy coffee and juices, an array of quality food produce, have a massage, go to the petting zoo with the kids and …
Phil, who runs the market explains, “We like people ideally to grow their own product or to make ii and we say no if we have the exact same product already at the market.
“The stallholders feel like it is their market and we haven’t cancelled a market since we started in November 2011 even though one time we were standing in a foot-deep of water!”
Delicatessen produce like cheeses, meats and olives nestle alongside breads and sweet treats. Fruit and vegetables, meats and fish both smoked and fresh, and homewares, clothes, jewellery and accessories are all on offer.
There is a core of stalls that return each week and then some are interchangeable to give the market a fresh feel.
The Beaches Market
Every Friday 8am-1pm, Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood. Contact: Lindsay on 0414-809916, Phil on 0477-223655 http://www.thebeachesmarket.com/
Palm Beach Markets
at Governor Philip Park on the fourth Sunday of every month and Lane Cove Makers Market at Lane Cove Plaza on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Contact market operators Phil or Lindsay at email@example.com
Manly Village Public School Markets
Monthly on the third Saturday. At Manly Village Public School, Darley Road. Contact Simon: 9949 2351
Warringah Community Markets
244 Warringah Road, Beacon Hill.
Trading: 2nd Saturday of each month - Noon - 4pm. Indoor/outdoor. Contact: Joanne MacGregor 0412 203 462
Frenchs Forest Organic Markets
Frenchs Forest Organic Food & Farmers Markets, Parkway Hotel grounds, Frenchs Forest Rd East, Frenchs Forest. http://www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au/
Telephone (02) 9999 2226 Every Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm