On the first Sunday of each month (except January), The Dayboro Market is held. The first market was held on 5th November 2006 being originally named The Dayboro Craft and Mini Market and was run by the Dayboro District Progress Assoc Inc (DDPAI). At that time, all moneys raised were directed to the Dayboro Terah’s Turtles Team for the annual Cancer Relay for Life event. Over six years, the Terah’s Turtles raised over $20,000 and won the title of the highest donation on two occasions.
Beginning with a mere thirteen stalls, the market grew and today has approximately thirty stalls of interesting and unique wares. With the growth in size, a new venue was required and the market was relocated to the vacant grounds on the corner of Heathwood and Williams Streets. The market was then renamed “Dayboro Market” and in 2013 DDPAI decided to direct the funds raised back into the local community and charities as decided upon by the committee.
Over the last six years the charities which have benefited from funds raised are Laps for Life, QIMR, Endeavour Car Rally, Dayboro Combined Churches, Dayboro War Memorial Association, Dayboro AH&I and Dayboro Lions Club. Money has also gone into the purchase of new market shades, the maintenance and upkeep of the land where the market is held and a registered trailer used for the market and the Dayboro Day Festival.
The DDPAI has a regular stall at the market entry in Williams Street and provides a BBQ breakfast and sausage sizzle. They also sell a variety of donated items at reasonable prices. This stall supports the town’s local businesses – Dayboro Butchery, Dayboro Bakery and Dayboro IGA by purchasing all the food items for the BBQ.
The day I visited the market the whole town was abuzz with activity. The cafés were full of patronage and there were heaps of people wandering in and out of the various stalls.
As I meandered, many stalls caught my eye. One was a collectable stall owned by Mark and Sharlene who purchased a lot of their wares from auctions or estate houses. On the corner of their stall was a complete dinner set and other items from the English Spode collection. I was interested to learn that if you have a dinner set at home and you bring it out on special occasions only, it is wise to wash it even if you are not having dinner guests as this deters the crazing effect as seen to occur on many older dinner sets.
I stopped to chat to the owners of Buck ‘n’ Roo Station of Dayboro who sell fresh honey and bees wax. I had been looking for bees wax for some time and was able to pick up a piece for just $3.00. Buck ‘n’ Roo Station also runs Beekeeping Courses for people over the age of seventeen. Beekeeping is growing quite popular as a backyard hobby; in fact, one of my neighbours has a few hives in his front yard. Keeping hives not only aids our environment and is a delight to many gardeners, but also gives the owners the benefit of producing their own honey.
I was very impressed with a young entrepreneur, Quinn at his cake stall when he told me that his reason for holding a stall at the Dayboro Market was so he could save for a car. Along with his brother Rowan, the boys and their Mother make mouth-watering scones, shortbread, rocky road and Passionfruit Butter, the latter of which was awarded first prize at the 2015 Dayboro Show. On the day of my visit the varieties of scones were pumpkin, sultana and date; however, this can change from market to market.
Steampunk Spices, Salts and Sweets had a luring effect on my palate as I taste-tested one of their best-selling spices – Bombadier Bacon Salt. Yum! Spices are sold in small tubs at $6.00 each or four for $20.00. The stall also sells fudge in Jaffa, Chocolate, Macadamia and Maple Nut.
One stall I can never go past is homemade soap and I found just that at a stall that also sold succulents and bric and brac. Made from pure Goats milk and cocoa butter, the soaps came in Sandlewood, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Summer Rain, which could be packaged up to make a lovely gift. Peppermint loofah scrubs were also available at a price of $6.50 each.
Following on from soaps, there is nothing more relaxing than having an aromatherapy bath with pure essential oils. SuJho – Do Terra Oils had a good array of oil varieties and blends and owner Susie was more than happy to explain the benefits of each. Literature was available describing the different uses for babies, emergencies and oil blends etc.
Country Kids Kindling was a first-timer at the market and was selling Cypress Kindling, Ironbark Firewood for $15.00 a bag or if you required a bigger load, you could purchase by the truck load.
I have a passion for anything made from wood and love the different grains found in each tree. Cutting boards of numerous sizes and in different species of trees can be purchased at Carl’s stall. Carl is a regular at the market and has turned his passion into a profitable hobby.
Other stalls included plants, Dayboro Men’s Shed, Children’s and Adults Clothes, Arts and Crafts, Stockfeed etc.
The Dayboro Market has a great country feel and away from the commercialised atmosphere of some city markets. The people are friendly, the parking is abundant on the streets and is free. Other shops in the town are within walking distance to the market.
If you wish to know more about the market or to become a stall holder, please contact Lexie of the Dayboro District Progress Assoc Inc on 0400 997 679 or Steve on 0412 867 781. A 3m x 3m site can be secured at a cost of $15.00. Bring your own shade, tables etc.
When: First Sunday of each month (except January). 8am – 12pm.
Address: Cnr Williams & Heathwood Streets, Dayboro
Phone: Lexie 0400 997 679 or Steve on 0412 867 781