A funky new market has sprung up in Murwillumbah and you’re going to love the quirky mix of locally grown spices, tropical fruits, organic vegetables and upcycled products on offer less than an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast.
This Makers & Finders market is dishing up the perfect mix of ingredients for a leisurely Saturday drive. Not only can you pick up fresh produce, there’s more than 50 creative stalls spread over lush acres of grassy fields and live music to boot.
It’s no wonder Murwillumbah has built a name for itself as the creative cultural hub for the Tweed Valley – it is here that the Tweed’s artistic community really thrives. Sitting in the shadow of Mt Warning, with art deco shopfronts and old school buildings, once you’ve had your fill at the markets, there’s a selection of cafes, restaurants and boutiques to check out.
Peita Gardiman is the founder of Makers and Finders and is passionate about supporting handmade and creative industries. She said the idea for the markets was percolating for a long time.
“I grew up travelling around the “wild” parts of Australia, and found of all the places I visited, I was particularly drawn to those where local artisans and craftspeople were creating and using traditional techniques. Watching these people create their products and chatting with them about their lives and how they learned their craft instilled a deep appreciation for those who design and make objects with their hands.”
As a result, Peita’s Makers and Finders Market brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.
“There are so many talented artists creating beautiful, useful, everyday items from recycled materials, employing low-waste, low polluting and morally just processes. Shoppers can benefit by getting unique, handmade items that support individual entrepreneurs and support the earth,” she said.
Behind every product is a maker – an artist, a designer, a crafts worker. At Makers and Finders, you’ll find products that are sustainably made – either reclaimed, recycled, upcycled, or produced with ethically sourced materials. Better yet, you’ll find leather, metal, glass, clay, textiles and wood transformed into unique handmade items to treasure and take home.
Some of the regular makers include Garden of Eden (hello award-winning jam), Mad Mountain Family Farm, Maple and Wattle small-batch soy candles, Goldhawk Spice Company with their flavoursome, hand blended spices, Crystal Creek Flowers Fresh from a local farm in Condong, Emubeads’ – Uki’s glass bead queen, macramé jewellery and reloved treasures like vintage lace upcycled clothing.
Sorrounded by five World Heritage National Parks, the countryside around Murwillumbah is a blend of rolling green hills and gently flowing rivers, punctuated with pockets of sugar cane, banana plantations, hobby farms and small village communities so gather your eco friendly bag, skate board, soccer ball and picnic blanket and make the drive to Murwillumbah to breathe that fresh country air while you give the wallet a workout as well.
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The new Makers and Finders Market is on the third Saturday of every month from 9.00am till 2.00pm in Knox Park, Murwillumbah with the next market taking place 17 March and boasting none other than Felicity Lawless as its entertainment. More at makersandfindersmarket.com.
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