This month Mount Pleasant Farmers Market organisers and stallholders reveled in celebrating their seventh birthday.
It will complement a year full of celebrations, major events and significant milestones for the popular southern Barossa market.
In April the market is preparing for their annual Easter Twilight Mega-Market showcasing a smorgasbord of the region’s best producers. The ever-popular twilight market is an important draw card to the region, with ample opportunity to purchase locally produced foods in a festival atmosphere.
Also held in April, the market is once again hosting their fourth annual Tasting Australia regional event.
"The event in previous years has been an early sell out event and 2019 is fast approaching that status with tickets highly sought after," market manager Terese Stephens said.
“The event gives an opportunity to meet the faces behind the food, and to enjoy a comprehensive four-course tasting menu sourced entirely from the market’s producers, surrounded by the Saturday morning market atmosphere. “
The celebrations continue with a major milestone for the community in May, the presentation of a ceremonial cheque to the value of $100,000, in recognition of the ongoing fundraising initiatives for the community groups involved.
“The money is raised through an optional on-site parking fee, a gold coin which is collected every Saturday at the Market gate," Ms Stephens explained.
“The market links with a number of community groups – schools, charities, and other local interests – who spend their Saturday mornings collecting at the market gates to boost their fundraising efforts. Those funds go back into our region to grow the good works of our community groups.”
In September the market anticipates the return of the annual SA Spring Garden Festival, which is run in conjunction with the Farmers Market.
The Spring Festival now in its fourth year and is a major event for both the market and the township of Mount Pleasant, attracting visitors from all over the state to enjoy the festival and all its offerings.
To round out the year the market will host its hugely popular 8th twilight Christmas Market; a favourite in the Barossa and Hills regions.
“From small beginnings the market continues to grow,” Ms Stephens said.
"Putting the township of Mount Pleasant on the map as a place to seek out and visit, and to enjoy the tastes of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. It also provides opportunity for the local community to shop local and support local. Many of our stallholders, family owned and run, have reported that their businesses have flourished in the last 7 years under the Farmer’s Market banner. It is a win-win for community”.
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is held eacg Saturday, 8am-12noon at the Mount Pleasant Showgrounds.