In January of 2010, Vicki Brownless set out to explore the feasibility of bringing the delights and discoveries of the market world to the community of Glenorie. By May of that year, she was ready to launch her business, which also sought to bring together residents and visitors in a relaxed, friendly environment, and to showcase the delights of our district, our semi-rural haven. About 30 stallholders registered for the inaugural event, and the rest is history!
Unfortunately, the market now finds itself without a home. The growing popularity of the Glenorie RSL Club has brought with it an inherent problem; that of a shortage of parking. So, the market has been advised that it can no longer continue to trade at the club. The final market in the grounds of the Glenorie RSL Club will be held on the 26th August. Other local venues are being considered and are being investigated.
Over the past 8 years, many stallholders have come and gone, some utilising the venue as a launch pad for their enterprise, others finding that their dream of business independence was not what they had anticipated. On many occasions, over 50 different stalls have offered their wares; artisan breads, cakes and pastries, cheeses, olive oils and vinegars, fresh and smoked meats and seafood, jams, pickles and chutneys, wine, beer and cider, fresh fruits and organically grown vegetables, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, soy candles, alpaca fleece, napery, dog treats and grooming, herbs, plants and succulents, photography and artwork, and much more.
Many thousands of visitors have attended, many expressing their delight at discovering such an eclectic array of goods on offer, the beauty of the local area, and the warm hospitality extended by the community.
“My aim was to provide a platform for people who were passionate about their products, and who were willing to share ideas and information,“ Vicki said, “and I am proud of the high standard of products that we have been able to showcase, and of the opportunity to introduce consumers to some amazingly dedicated growers and producers. We have always endorsed the concept of minimum food miles, and much of the food sold at the market is locally grown and produced.”
“The attendance of the Glenorie Rural Fire Service has brought an increased awareness of bush fire prevention and management to residents, especially those new to the district, and we have welcomed local political candidates, sporting clubs, community groups and charities that have come to promote their aims and objectives.”
Vicki would like to say thank you to the local community for its loyalty and support over the past eight years.
Change is often a good time for renewal and so Vicki hopes a new location will bring positive changes and a fresh look to the market going forward.
Watch this space next month for an update, or come to the next market on 26th August to find out more.