How exciting!! Here is our very first ever BLOG post!! The world of cyber space is a huge, enormous world but we are delighted to be here to share with you intimate stories and adventures from the Emu Plains Market! It's hard to believe that it was only 2 years ago we began the Emu Plains journey and since then have been exposed to so many amazing business's and individuals that have made this unique market what it is today! We would love this blog to be a celebration of these people and the commitment they show to their craft and their business's.
Often juggling more than one job (be it family, full time work etc, etc) our stallholders are a varied group of people from hard core crafters, emerging designers, sculptures, painters, jugglers, toy makers, carpenters, big thinkers, gourmet chefs, vintage collectors to cobblers (just to name a few!) They are all amazing and are all responsible for the incredible market we have had so much fun bringing you all once a month! Joel (my gorgeous, supportive, one in a million husband) started the Emu Plains Market a bit out of selfish desperation - we missed our beloved Balnarring Market!!
We moved to Somers 11 years ago when the market was the hub of the community once a month. It was a buzzing and vibrant sea of exciting stallholders that we would regularly visit for all our gifts, crafts, food and treats. When it closed down in February of 2012 we were devastated and searched for a similar market to fulfil our thirst but couldn't find one that felt like home so like all normal people (!!) we decided to create one our selves!!! Maybe a foolish thought at first for a crazy couple with two young kids with no experience (I am an art director and Joel is a physio) but things fell into place easily and after the wonderful committee at the Emu Plains Reserve welcomed us with open arms we knew it was meant to be!!
We are now entering our third season (yes, third - can you believe it?!) and word is spreading about the EPM! It has been fantastic to watch it's growth like one of our children and we cant wait to see it flourish and evolve even more over the coming years. We have so much to look forward to this season with over 100 new stallholders joining us (along side our favourite long time supportive regulars!), new workshops, new kids entertainment, new stallholder profiles, new giveaways, new tips & tricks to having a successful stall at the EPM, new DIY projects, new food ideas and new news of course (nobody likes old news!!) We will also be introducing a new circuit!
Still a fantastically easy oval circuit so that you don't miss any stallholders off the beaten track but one that is larger and goes further into the gorgeous under growth of the beautiful stringy bark forest we all love. This way we can emphasise the charming 'country feel' of the market as it is so unique on the Mornington Peninsula. We hope that you enjoy this journey we are about to embark on with each other and can't wait to welcome you back to the EPM on October 18 when we revive ourselves after our winter slumber and spread our wings once again for a fabulous season 3!
Much love, Vanessa & Joel xo
PS. A big thanks to our friend Janis House Photography for the wonderful photography throughout the EPM website!