Dean Hazelwood is a keen market shopper.
Dean Hazelwood is a keen market shopper. ROB BARICH

Markets to get bigger and better

TO market, to market, but which one?

The Bundaberg region is blessed with a vast array of markets to choose from, and there are certainly a variety of options from Woodgate to Miriam Vale depending on the day.

New markets have steadily sprouted up around the region over the years, including the Moore Park Markets which began about nine months ago.

A new market was also due to start in Bargara this year, but that gap is yet to be filled after organiser John Auchter and Bundaberg Regional Council could not agree on conditions.

Moore Park Markets organiser Marlene Egan said she established the event as a way to bring the community together.

“It’s a nice place for everyone to catch up and get together,” she said.

Mrs Egan is hoping the markets will continue to rise in popularity.

“It changes a bit. Sometimes we have six stalls and other times we will have 12,” she said.

“I hope they keep going and getting bigger. I’m just not sure how to get more people there.”

With all that’s on offer around the region, however, how does one choose?

Avid Bundaberg market shopper Dean Hazelwood said he liked to go to different markets for different features.

Mr Hazelwood said the Shalom Markets were a favourite when looking for tools, handbooks and produce.

“There is a lot to choose from at Shalom,” he said.

“It’s a good place to get second-hand tools, seedlings, fresh produce and free range eggs.”

Mr Hazelwood said the Gin Gin Markets always had great fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from.

“The produce is very fresh at Gin Gin and the markets are really easy to navigate,” he said.

He said if anything was missing from our markets, it was international food.

“There isn’t really any food-type fun at the markets. I would be good to see a bit of prepared food. People want to taste something different, not just a sausages on bread all the time,” he said.



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