I was told that St. Andrews Market was an "alternative market" but I had no idea what that meant until I got there. I would probably describe it as a hippie market. The market is very selective on who they allow as vendors. They don't want something too mainstream, mass-produced or even duplicate vendors selling the same products. As a result, I saw many "Made in Australia" signs, cool clothing (that I don't need any more of..), fresh produce, fragrant bars of soap, musicians, and even a chai tent. I was thoroughly impressed.
The best part, for me, was that these prices were fairly reasonable. In fact, the bar soap that I could not resist was cheaper than what I've found in the US. $1.50 for a bar of soap? Amazing! I'm not sure, but I'd guess it was 4-6oz bars. In either case, it was fun for me to pick out scents. The other funny thing was that we ran into a lot of church friends at the market. Funny, 25 minutes out of town was not where I expected to run into people, but just as well! Last but not least, as a result of these entries being a week behind, last Saturday I discovered that there are shuttles that run from the last train stop, Hurstbridge, to St. Andrews Market and other towns in the Nillumbik Shire.
Flying Tarts Bakery and Cafe for lunch where I had my first taste of meatpies. The meatpies were smaller so we finished the meal with additional treats including a vanilla slice, jam donut and a bumblebee.
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