There’s a brand new indoor market in the heart of the Swan Valley! The Swan Settlers Markets, open weekends, is found in the historic Swan Settlers Co-op building. Built in 1923, the huge shed processed currants and sultanas grown on surrounding farms, and was in operation until 2007.
2007 was also the year the old Midland Military Markets burnt down. I used to love going there as a kid! The new markets have the same manager. The rustic building has had an impressive $2.5 million restoration, with lots of jarrah and corrugated iron giving it an unmistakable Swan Valley vibe.
I find a lot of markets around Perth are overtaken by $2 shops and crappy overseas products – not at Swan Settlers Market! Here the stalls are run by local artisans that hand make their own goods. There’s a lot to discover – over 40 stalls offer a range of locally made products. Here’s my run down on what you can expect:
Food. Lots of food. At the Swan Settlers Markets there’s everything from locally grown fruit and veg to a gluten free bakery, and lots of sweet treats – truffles, macarons, crepes, cupcakes and loads more. I need to return to check the food out much more closely!
There’s also lots of locally made product to treat yourself, or to buy a unique gift. You’ll find arts and crafts.
A small garden centre with loads of fresh herbs, vegetable seedlings, succulents and more.
A retro-tastic treasure trove of vintage goodies.
And some Swan Valley favourites, like the House of Honey.
And why not stop for a bite to eat? The award winning BBQ by Gryphon Smokehouse offers some drool worthy slow cooked meats. It smells Amazing!
If you have kids in tow, Parents will be glad to hear there is a huge shaded sandpit, with lots of diggers, buckets and spades and other toys to keep them busy. There are tables surrounding this area, making it a nice place to grab a bite to eat and sit.
Original farming equipment has been preserved and is on show. A large machine has been tuned into a unique interactive coin donation device! It’s a great market, filled with all sorts of delicious produce to discover. Be sure to check the Swan Settlers Markets out!
Find the Swan Settlers Markets at 124 Lennard Street, Herne Hill.
Open: 9am-5pm. Saturday, Sundays and public holiday Mondays.