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New market in Batehaven is bucking the trend

Alex Rea1 September 2020
Jess O'Shea standing next to sign at front of Batemans Bay Makers and Growers Market.

Jess O’Shea at the new Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market in Batehaven. Photo Alex Rea.

The Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market has relocated to a new space with a whole new vibe in Batehaven.

With so many businesses stalled during this topsy-turvy year, the NSW South Coast makers and growers have bucked the trend by creating a new market space, bringing together a diverse range of locally grown fresh food, baked goods and quality handmade items.

Becky Sneddon holding plants for sale.

Becky Sneddon with her tropical and indoor plants for sale. Photo: Alex Rea.

Formerly a garden centre on Edwards Road, the market comprises three shop spaces and a large courtyard garden.

The shop premises include a bric-a-brac shop, Jess O’Shea’s fresh foods, and an art gallery which is a collaborative space exhibiting local artists Laureen Phillips, Mel Reidy, Nina Poulson, Carlita Delac, Lyn Barnes, Portia Dunn and David John. Sue Frazer is the gallery’s manager.

The shops and gallery are open every Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, and on Sundays from 9 am until 1 pm.

From left: Laureen Phillips, Mel Reidy and Nina Poulson, who are exhibiting artists at the Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market art gallery. Photo: Alex Rea.

The markets are held every Thursday from 10.30 am until 2 pm, when the courtyard is filled with stalls comprising plants, baked goods, arts and crafts.

On market days, Becky Sneddon has a good selection of tropical and indoor plants for sale, along with Glenda from The Garden Party Nelligen.

Glenda (left) from The Garden Party Nelligen and Margie (right) with her baked goods.

Glenda (left) from The Garden Party Nelligen and Margie (right) with her baked goods. Photo: Alex Rea.

On Thursday, 27 August, around 200 people attended the market.

It is a lovely spot to sit and mingle outside, with light music. Coffee and barbecue hot snacks are also available to purchase.

Coffee cart at Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market.

Fresh coffee is available at the Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market. Photo: Alex Rea

The Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market is located at 2 Edward Road in Batehaven.

For more information, head to the market’s Facebook page.

There is also a ‘sister market’ which is held each Wednesday from 11.30 am until 2.30 pm at 158 Edward Road in Batehaven.

Liliana Patrizi standing at her stall of baked continental biscuits.

Liliana Patrizi baked continental biscuits. Photo: Alex Rea.

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