Did you know that Adelaide, in particular the Adelaide Hills has a fantastic trail of road side produce stalls? Ever wondered how to find them? We are talking more than just a bucket of home grown lemons too! Yep, this is a great excuse to throw the kids in the car and take a nice little low cost adventure through the Adelaide Hills or at least out of your usual digs.

Our beautiful climate is perfect for growing a host of produce, and you can regularly find bargains from flowers, to stone fruit, summer salad veg, citrus fruit to berries, winter veg and beyond! Plus some of these little gate way traders even bake, sell preserves or offer fresh farm eggs and honey….the variety is endless and the taste of home grown? We all know it wins every time! You can even bag your self a big old well…. bag…. of manure for your own veggie patch!

How do we find them you ask? Well, we have been loving the Facebook Group Adelaide Hills Roadside Stalls , it’s a public group that any one can join, and is regularly updated by growers and producers as different offerings become available. You can also pop questions on there if there is something specific you are seeking. Never know your luck. Additionally we found this handy interactive google map kicking around at the end of 2021 – and its pretty handy.

Nothing beats shopping this local, and how fun for the kids to really see where food and produce can come from beyond the supermarket shelves. The home grown movement seems to be larger than ever in these covid-y times, but the concept of roadside stalls is older than your Nanna.

One thing we have completely LOVED for our kids is exposing them to the”honesty box” system of paying the right price and leaving your coins or money. That said a couple of the larger set ups do offer eftpos facilities, but in an almost cashless society, our advice is, take plenty of change.

One particular little roadside box we wanted to shout out and is a bit closer to the city – Wattle Park Kindergarten have established ‘The Wattle Box’ at their kindy. You can donate excess produce to them, and you can purchase any thing they have at hand for just $1 or FREE when you swap with your own produce. MORE. OF. THIS. PLEASE! How good!

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