Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the monthly Sevenhill Producers Market, held on Saturday morning, and what a lovely day it was, weather wise, for such an occasion. After a chilly and frosty, minus something, something, in the early hours of the morning, the sun did its best to warm up those brave enough to get out of bed with the spoggies and face the day.
The market has always been held on the last Saturday morning of the month in the Madonna Hall at Sevenhill, excepting January, and was started by London Hill Catering duo, Phil & Amanda. The talented award-winning Clare Valley caterers create the most wonderful wood-fired breads, homemade jams and, gobsmackingly delicious sweet pastries that will have you wanting two cups of morning coffee just so you can have a second serve! It’s little wonder Phil & Amanda have created a successful market attracting like-minded producers who support and embrace each other’s produce for the good of the local region.
Two other original stall holders also there bright and early Saturday morning ready once again to do their thing and share their tasty produce with all and sundry were, local chef, Louise Haines, and Evilo Estate owner, Deb Dichiera. Both have been stall holders at the market since its inception and very popular with the regulars. Louise is well known for her diet busting chocolate brownies, quince cheesecakes and peach friands, and Deb has her fabulous virgin olive oil, smoked tomato relish, olives and, dukkah. Just a few products among the vast range of what each business woman has on offer.
I regret to admit i don’t get to the markets as often as i like but when i do, i cannot walk past Juanita and her spring rolls without grabbing a couple. I know, i know! I have mentioned them on here before but, seriously, have you tried them? They are damn GOOD! Even better with a slight, errr, headache. What….? It was great sitting outside in the warmth of the winter sun watching all the market goers enjoy the atmosphere and and get their monthly supply of local Clare Valley goodness.
The markets aren’t just about spring rolls and brownies though. There’s quite a variety of stalls with fresh bread, vegetables, seafood, chocolates, flowers, homemade pies, delicious baked goods, olive oil, olives, preserves, art, craft, poultry, locally made lemonade, coffee, hot food and Smoky Phil’s country sausage sizzle. Plus there’s face painting for the kids. It’s genuinely a great market to visit and it’s local! What more of a reason do you need?
Ok, so i may have indulged in a little choc/walnut brownie and quince friand from Louise Haines on Saturday and let me tell you, they went down a treat with my cup of orange and cinnamon tea when i got home.
And the smoked tomato relish i got from Deb is another mouthwatering product from Evilo Estate.
So if you’re heading to Clare through Sevenhill on the last Saturday of the month and see cars lined up on both sides of the road, you know the markets are on and you may as well stop and get yourself some wonderful local produce from the producers themselves. What better way to eat local and support local. It’s a great country community affair.
The markets are on from 8.30 -midday. For more information, head on over to their facebook page, Sevenhill Producers Market.
Congratulations Sevenhill Producers Market. Here’s cheers to another ten years!