Month: April 2016

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Eastland Farmers’ Market


At first I thought it was an unusual place for a Farmers’ Market set amongst the multi national stores, mass-produced products, imported clothes and large-scale farmed food. But I changed my mind. It is in fact the perfect place for a Farmers’ Market to show others how you can connect with where your food comes from and the growers. And so the first Eastland Farmers’ Market began on the most delightful autumnal day in April.

This market has been established in partnership with Eastland Shopping Centre and has been cleverly sited along the Melbourne Street Town Square which fronts Maroondah Highway and will have plenty of passing trade for those exploring the popular eateries around the Town Square. (more…)

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Jordan – luggage and bags

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I’m not into shoes, handbags, makeup but I do love luggage so on this trip I gave the One Planet satchel a road test as well as taking my One Planet backpack.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t like to have lots of bags that I need to keep my eye on so I take one backpack and one tote and that’s it. No camera bag, no purse, not even duty-free bags. That way I have two things to keep my eye on. So far this has proved successful.


Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Savers – Greensborough

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Savers was founded in the USA by Bill Ellison in 1954. By the 1980’s they had expanded into Canada and more recently in 2010 into Australia. They have become very popular due to the size of the stores and range of items you can buy.

This photo (above) is of the Greensborough store in the middle of the day. I estimate around 150 + people in the store including kids.


Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Yering Station Farmers’ Market

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The Yering Station Farmers Market began around 1999 and is held the third Sunday of every month in the well-known ‘Barn” of Yering Station Winery. The Farmers’ Market features unique homegrown / homemade produce from stallholders around the region in the Yarra Valley, featuring jams, pickles, pastry items, cakes, bread, vegetables, fruit, olive oil, pies, flowers, coffee, cider, fudge and so much more.

Chopper parked on the grounds of Yering Station

On the day I visited, it was a stunning Yarra Valley autumnal day with sun shining, light breeze, a band playing, the lawn spread out with people and 100’s and 100’s of visitors. Leaves floating to the ground, trees starting to show their bare branches and the light of the region a little crisper with the fresh air. Traffic was busy getting into Yering Station but there was plenty of parking. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Treasures & Tastes @ Trinity Market

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What a gorgeous community market set on the grounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in the heart of leafy Surrey Hills. This popular monthly market has over 40 stallholders who sell homemade / handmade wares that are of excellent quality and some are quite unique.

Out the front of the Church was a large collection of plants, herbs, succulents and fruit trees. I picked up a couple of potted plants as gifts.

Kebby makes these absolutely stunning teacup candles which are very popular with her customers. Some bring in their own cups and saucers asking Kebby to fill with her magic. Others buy a cup and saucer and once they’ve used it return for it to be filled again – often with a different fragrance. I’ve seen many candle makers but there is something unique about her work that is exceptional. Just love it. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Park Orchards Farmers Market

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Set among the grounds of leafy Park Orchards Primary School, this is a small local Farmers’ Market that has been running for a number of years supported by the Park Orchards Lions Club.

The day I visited there were around 25 stalls that sold:

  • Fresh Fruit & Veggies
  • Cut flowers
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Meat
  • Cheeses
  • Eggs
  • Jams, preserves and honey
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Olive oil
  • Soap
  • Peanut butter
  • Dips
  • Nuts and seeds

Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre had a large stall advertising their courses for this term and generally making people aware of what their Community House offers.

Produce doesn’t get much better than this corn (pictured above). I bought two cobs and steamed them up for dinner served with fresh butter. Heaven. Robinvale Estate are based just outside of Mildura and make a large (and colourful) selection of olive oils and dressings. You can find more information about them here.

Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along so plastic bags don’t have to be used. Also try to bring smaller notes. We all know that the ATM’s dispense $50’s and stall holders are prepared for that but when so many people turn up with larger notes it becomes problematic for them.

STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can call Maria Zeffiro at

OPENING HOURS: 9am to 1pm. Operates the third Saturday of every month except in January.

LOCATION: Corner Bowmore Avenue & Park Road, Park Orchards, Victoria.

PARKING: There are a number of places to park. In Bowmore Avenue which runs at 90 degrees to Park Road. It can be a little tight parking there so be careful of other cars and please don’t block residents driveways. You can also park in Park Road but there are some parking restrictions.

TRANSPORT: There is a bus stop on right out the front of the school and you can find more information about the bus route here.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on the bitumen. Lots of space between stalls.

ATM: There isn’t an ATM in Park Orchards so please bring along enough money and not rely on the vendors have EFTPOS.

ENTRANCE FEE: Gold coin donation at the gate but not on the day I was there.

DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.

FOOD: Great selection of gozleme, their famous sausage sizzle, scones, coffee and pastries. Or you can visit the local Blue Dog cafe approximately 50m from the corner of Park and Bowmore.

TOILET FACILITIES: The school toilets are opened up for the market.


Website – Park Orchards Farmers Market

On Facebook – Park Orchards Farmers Market

On Instagram – no account but #parkorchardsfarmersmarket or #parkorchardsfm

Twitter – no account but #parkorchardsfarmersmarket or #parkorchardsfm

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Park Orchards Farmers’ Market. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy marketing.