A new weekly market combining fashion with farmers is opening on Sunday, 26 July.
Jindi Markets are a fusion of fashion with farmer’s style market aiming to provide a one stop shop for fresh fruit and vegetables and sustainable fashion.
Founder Natalie D’Alessandro came up with the idea during the COVID-19 isolation.
“I love this concept of combining farmers with their fresh produce with fashion, the synergy works really well,” Ms D’Alessandro said.
“It’s an alternative to going to a big shopping centre, it’s a one stop shopping experience.
“It’s outdoors so social distancing is more easily achieved and it’s such a nicer way to shop.”
Ms D’Alessandro is an experienced market operator and also runs Her Wardrobe Markets around South East Queensland and she noticed a lot of her customers were coming from Ipswich.
“I felt like an elevated top-level market was missing from the Ipswich calendar and a lot of my customers travel from Ipswich,” Ms D’Alessandro said.
“When I met the people from the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, everyone was so welcoming and I knew I wanted to launch this new idea in Ipswich.
“We are excited to be one of the first events held at the multi-million dollar Ipswich Turf Club, which is so beautiful.
“People can come to the Jindi Markets and buy the iconic Mr Whippy or snow cones but they will also have the option of purchasing a gourmet sausage roll made by a local purveyor who has been crafting their recipe for years.”
Ms D’Alessandro is excited about the community aspect of the market and encourages visitors to talk with the artists and find out the story behind the creation.
“The artists really wear their hearts on their sleeve when they create,” she said.
“You can ask them directly how it was produced and hear their story.”
Buying direct from the farmer will also be a big focus at the new Jindi Markets.
Local businesses that want to expand can apply for a stall.
“I named the market with a Bundjalung word – Jindi – that means ‘nest’,” Ms D’Alessandro said.
“This is a safe place for people who are launching their business or want to expand.”
Stay safe and remember to follow Queensland Health guidelines while at the markets
Practise social distancing while you walk around, getting served or waiting in line
Do not go if you are feeling unwell
Do not touch anything you have not purchased
Wash your hands frequently and throughly
Ipswich Turf Club
Every Sunday 7am to 12noon
Launching Sunday, 26 July 2020
Entry is $1 however kids are free
For latest updates view their Facebook page
A new market for bargain hunters
A new monthly market is coming to the Ipswich Showground.
Ipswich Car Boot Markets launch on Saturday, 1 August from 8am until noon.
Bargain hunters are promised a find on the first Saturday of each month.
The market specialises in second hand, garage sale and Bric-a-Brac items.
There will be coffee and snacks available and entry is a gold coin.
For latest updates view their Facebook page.
A little-known market for plant lovers
A monthly market in Woodend promises a huge variety of succlents and cacti, featuring rare and hard to find varities.
Succulicious in The Switch is held monthly with the next one on Sunday, 16 August, at 6 Mary Street, Woodend from 8am until noon.
Prices start at $3.50.
Regular markets return since COVID-19 shut down
The Ipswich Showplace Markets have returned every Sunday to the Ipswich Showgrounds with an artisan feel.
There is now a focus on craft, food and produce with great kids’ entertainment.
The markets are still a gold coin entry and dog friendly with specialist doggy treats and accessories available.
On offer is collectable items, great food, music, gems and jewellery, plants, art and photography and much more!
The markets are also dog friendly.
The monthly Ripley markets will be running from 3 pm until 8 pm at Providence, Ripley Valley. The next one is being held August 8.
There will be food trucks, live music, entertainment, arts, craft, plants and home wares and more at the dog friendly event.
The dog friendly Walloon Markets are run on the first Sunday of the month from 8am-11am at Waterlea Estate 62 Rohl Rd, Walloon. On offer is local produce, locally made fudge, plants, locally made skin care, handmade kids clothing, local honey, and baked treats.