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A POPULAR community market is set to return after a two-year hiatus with a local group of friends committed to improving the experience with new stalls.

The Collinsvale Market has been held for more than 20-years, but was closed for 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because it couldn’t find a coordinator to run it.

Local friends and market stallholders Janine Mitchell (Lil Lizzies Kitchen), Andrew Cameron (Connected Planet) and Jodie Tune (Stoney Banks Apples) decided to work together to revive the market.

The first market will be held on 30 May from 10am to 2pm at the Collinsvale War Memorial Hall at 10 Hall Road.

It will then be held on the last Sunday of every month.

Ms Mitchell said the motto for the Collinsvale Market was ‘where communities come together’ and was a bit more personal than other markets around Hobart.

“Collinsvale Market was always a really happy place for people to come and meet others, catch up with other people from the area and get to know producers from the area,” she said.

“It’s the ability for small businesses to promote themselves, and we’ve got mums and daughters coming and selling their wares, so it’s teaching kids how to be entrepreneurs as well.

“It’s about helping small businesses get ahead after a tough year.”

Ms Mitchell said there would be more on offer at the new and improved market.

“It’s going to be a new style of market for Collinsvale because before it was pretty much a makers market and second hand, now it will be a little more up market,” she said.

“I sell homemade jams, cakes, apple pies, chutneys, relish, biscuits and sauces, Andrew sells mushrooms and mushroom kits for people to grow their own, and Jodie sells apples.

“We’ll also have fresh vegetables from Hmong, Bruny Island Oysters, sourdough bread, wood craft, crystal craft, alpaca knits, bric a brac, food vans and coffee vans.”

Ms Mitchell was excited for the summer season when they could put 25 to 30 stalls outside and 30 stalls inside.

“We hope the community supports it and that people from all over Hobart come and see what’s on offer,” she said.

For more information, visit the Collinsvale Market Facebook page.

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