In just four years since it was established, That Great Market has become the perfect place to while away a Sunday. Based in Lindfield, the market runs in all weather and features a variety of stallholders selling artisan goods and food, entertainment and dedicated kids’ corner. It’s a fabulous way to shop local and support smaller makers and we had a chat with Mike and Lou, who run the market, on why That Great Market lives up to its name.

Tell us about how you came to become owner/operators of That Great Market.

We took over the market in January this year running our first market on Feb 17 th . We were stallholders at That Great Market for two years and grew close to Jacqui and Peter Landis, the previous owner/operators who asked us if we would like to take over as they were heading on to new adventures and felt that we were the right people to take the market into its next chapter. We have continued Jacqui and Peter’s great work on keeping the market as environmentally friendly as possible, encouraging people to bring reusable bags & coffee cups and discouraging any single-use plastic products.

Owners of That Great Market, Mike and Lou

What makes That Great Market special?

What has always and continues to attract stallholders and visitors alike is the amazing community vibe. The people are what makes it and it is a very welcoming happy place to be. We have worked hard to attract and work with local artists, designers and producers to create a ‘meet the maker’ style market rather than mass produced products made overseas. We feel it’s important that visitors can chat to stallholders who have an in-depth knowledge of their product. The entertainment is also vital in creating the right atmosphere. We have monthly local professional acoustic musicians each month as we feel that music really completes the wonderful vibe of a Sunday market.

Local entertainers, Dali, perform at That Great Market

Are there any changes you’ve made since taking over the market?

Perhaps the biggest change is that previously we felt (and we notice this at other markets we have done) that markets can tend to be a bit female-centric, and we wanted to create an environment that included a broader range of products for the whole family. We’ve expanded our stallholders to include products for men, children and pets so that there really is something for everyone.

Have you had a favourite market?

We’ve loved every market we’ve done this year but the stand out was the April Market. It ran over the Easter Long weekend and was a terrific day celebrating 4 years of That Great Market. We had cake, lots of laughs, treasure hunts, great music and great weather. Lots of happy stallholders and visitors. We didn’t want it to end.

What special activities do you have for kids at That Great Market?

One of our innovations was to get some cute children’s marquees, tables and chair sets so they can have their own play area. It’s been very popular. They can play with play-doh, chalk and blackboard paper, paints and plaster. We have also introduced makers to our market who locally produce children’s quirky and educational toys and clothing. We are working with the community to get local school and community performing groups to visit and perform at our markets as well. We have other things planned like magicians & face painters in future markets.

Are you thinking of expanding That Great Market to other areas?

Yes, we are certainly interested in expanding to include one or two new locations in the future and possibly some one-off special event markets but for now we are happy just to get through our first year growing our current lovely market and market community.


That Great Market runs every third Sunday at East Lindfield Community Hall. To give you a taste of the markets, we’ve narrowed down a few of the standout stallholders from amongst an amazing crowd.

Two Creeks Honey
Run by Rod and Lynda, they produce local East Lindfield honey and associated products from their own hives just down the road. They have a wonderful loyal following and great products and the perfect example of shopping local.
https://www.facebook.com/twocreekshoney/

Brickfields Bakery

Bakers of delicious freshly baked European breads, pastry and cakes. The bakery is a favourite among locals seeking top-quality bread and melt-in-your-mouth sweet treats. https://www.brickfields.com.au/

Mentoring Men
That Great Market likes to support local causes with our market and each month Ian Westmoreland joins the markets to chat to people about the program, Mentoring Men. He is wonderful to talk to and doing very inspirational work for such an important local issue.
https://www.facebook.com/Mentoring-Men-2669881269903068/

Carmela Creates
Carmela makes beeswax wraps and handmade soaps and can help you with your choices to get the right products for your needs. She is very knowledgeable and doing fantastic things to promote the environmental cause.
https://www.facebook.com/carmelacreates/

My Favourite Apron Company

The wonderful Kendall, a regular fixture at That Great Market brings her handmade one-of-a-kind aprons for the whole family. Each apron is adjustable in size so fits any body & made only from medium-weight, 100% cotton, machine washable. The perfect gift for your favourite foodie! https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/myfavouriteapronco 

 

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