Each Sunday morning the barriers are set out, blocking off King Street before the early 7am start to the Cotton Tree Markets. For five hours Kings street becomes a true community melting pot supporting local providors of fresh food, fashion and jewelry designers all bringing their wares to the attention of those of us on the coast willing to step out.
You will learn from the markets web site that the market has a rich history:
“For over 20 years the Market has featured local artisans, designers and the odd inventor selling their very own and very creative works within a precinct designed for purveyors of fine cafes, fashion and wares and is located across the road from one of the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful beaches. You’ll find fashion, jewellery, original artworks, sculptures, skincare, pottery, baking, homewares, kids toys and more. Soak up the friendly market atmosphere and be entertained by local performers.”
Got to admit that there more we delve into the local market scene the more we enjoy the exploration and rush of discovery of something delicious or unique. The quality of the stalls is extremely high, and let’s face it, what a great opportunity to wrangle in some friends in for a catch up over coffee or bite to eat. If you over do things there is always a the promise of a great walk along the beach to help ease you over the guilt of your indulgence.
This market however offers an extra incentive for a visit. For the last few years the market have been managed and promoted by a rather unique organisation that likewise has a long history in our community.
By supporting the Cotton Tree Market you’re also supporting people living with cancer via the Bloomhill Cancer Help organisation as the Sunshine Council appointed them managers of the Cotton Tree Market in 2012.
Bloomhill Cancer Help is a not-for profit organisation that looks to more entrepreneurial ways of funding their offering of a much needed safe haven for those with cancer and of course their loved ones too. Revenue raised from stallholder site fees goes back into the community through Bloomhill’s services and programs, enabling Bloomhill to provide further support to more people during their time of need.
So next Sunday morning why not drop out to Cotton Tree, have a wonder markets, grab a coffee or splash out on a new outfit, because no matter what fun thing you choose to do, you will be supporting a very worthwhile cause.
For more information visit cottontreemarkets.com.au