In the early days of this State’s settlement it was common practice for farmers to deliver their fresh produce directly to local storekeepers. But as the population grew and the need for fresh fruit and vegetables increased, it readily became apparent by the mid 1860’s that there was a need for an established market in the city of Adelaide.
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In time a wholesale fruit and vegetable market was build on East Terrace opposite the Stag Inn, where fresh produce was sold three mornings a week. This site soon became too small and the market outgrew that area, spreading out across land in the East End precinct of Rundle Street, East Terrace and North Terrace. The markets continued to grow and in time became recognised as one of the best in Australia.
The markets flourished and roads were soon being closed to facilitate these very busy fruit and vegetable sales. A decision was subsequently made to relocate it outside of the CBD and plans were put in place in the 1980’s to relocate it north of the city. Finally in 1988, the new Pooraka markets opened, and the land in the East End became earmarked for luxury apartments. The façade thankfully has been retained.
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Trev and Chris Barre
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