Markets handmade in Hunter and proud of it

Markets handmade in Hunter and proud of it Moore Wollombi Garlic, a branch of Moore Farm Fresh Produce known for their honey, kitchen preserves and free-range pork.

Riverflats Estate’s Pickled & Pitted products range from olive oil, olives and tapenades to chutneys, relishes, pickles, jams, mustards and dukkahs, plus a range of caramelised and gourmet vinegars.

Pokolbin Purple

Beelish products include Raw Honey, Roasted Almonds in Raw Honey, Creamed Honey, Cinnamon Honey, Ginger Honey and Honey Gift and Beeswax products.

Paul, The Vegan Ninja.

Pure Greed sells chutneys, pestos, spice rubs and more.

Tomalina Ridge Honey.

Casbar’s Kitchen makes jams, butter, pickles and sauces.

Pokolbin Purple will have a stall showcasing its three main garlic varieties – Italian Pink, Italian Purple and Rojo de Castro.

Bonjani Woodfired Pizza.

Spotty Dog sellls a range of wine-based cheese pastes and mustards.

TweetFacebook GALLERY | Handmade in the Hunter MarketsHandmade in the Hunter Markets celebrate five years in business at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, on Saturday, April 16. Some of the stallhiolders are pictured here. Go to handmadehuntermarkets老域名备案老域名 for more information. Pictures: SuppliedFIVE years agoKaren Rowe launched Handmade in the Hunter Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.There were just sixstallholders.

HOT STUFF: The Hot Chilli Woman has been selling handmade, premium quality chilli products since 2001. Picture: supplied

On Saturday, at the markets’ fifth birthday celebrations,there will be close to70.

Rowe says she was tired of attending markets that offered resold goodsor items made in other countries. And so Handmade in the Hunter Markets was born.

“This market is all about promoting the local community of creative people.There arevery talented people from further afield howeverthis market is about Hunter residents and Hunter products,” she said.

The markets benefit local artisans and growers by providing a venue to sell their products but just as important, Rowe says,is the interaction between buyersand the makers themselves.

“Each of the stallholders is passionate about what they do and they love chatting about their products,” Rowe said.

“When visitors go home with something they purchased, they also take the story the maker tells them. When they show family and friends their treasures, the story gets told over and over again.

“I can’t beginto tell you how many people visit because someone told them about what they bought at this quirkylittle market.”

Rowe has watched with interest howlocally made or grown products have increased in popularityover the years.

“I am like a proud mum regarding this marketand the community of amazing stallholders wholove what they do,” she said.

”We have not wavered from the vision of being a locally-made, handmade-onlymarket where the maker is the person you buy from. This has been difficult to maintain but it iswhat makes us unique and different.”

Among the stallholders areDragonfly Foods, amother-and-daughter team based in Newcastle who use natural ingredients, colours and flavours to create gourmet treats, andPokolbin’sSignature Sauces Australia,a chef-inspired, gourmet range of finishing sauces for both savoury and sweet dishes.

Balloons Aloft Australia (weather permitting) will offer hot-air balloon rides up and down a tether to give you a tasteof what hot-air ballooning is like, and Hunter Valley Classic Carriages will take you on a horse-and-carriage ride. Pokolbin Rural Fire Brigade volunteers will be holding a raffleto raise money to buy essential thermal-imaging equipment.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets is on this Saturday, April 16,at Kevin Sobels Wines,Pokolbin,9amto 3pm.For the full list of stallholdersgo tohandmadehuntermarkets老域名备案老域名.