New farmers and artisan market launches in Piara Waters in Perth’s southeast this weekend

It’s the obvious answer to the question ‘what do you do when you have to travel half an hour to the nearest weekend market?’

You start your own, of course.

For over a year, Teneille Hix has driven to markets around Perth from her Canning Vale home to sell her Kokedamas.

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But the almost hour round-trip to most locations made Ms Hix realize that there was a gap in the market — pun intended — in her surroundings that she could possibly take advantage of.

Fast forward to this week, and the Piara Waters Markets are ready to kick off Sunday — and Ms Hix couldn’t be more excited.

“I have been a stall holder at markets around Perth selling Kokedamas for over a year, and I fell in love with the community vibe and the people I was surrounded by,” Ms Hix said.

“I felt we were lacking market events in this area as I was always traveling 20 to 30 minutes just to set up a stall, so it will be great to drive 10 minutes away now.”

Camera IconA new artisan market is coming to the Piara Waters area, starting this Sunday, market creator Teneille Hix at the market location Novelli Pavilion. Andrew Ritchie Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Perth Now

Ms Hix first got her taste for market days after she created her business Entwining Kokedamas.

“I’m a mum of two under five, so I have a few side gigs as a way of income,” she said.

“I’m a remedial massage therapist originally and have been for 11 years, which I still do two days a week when my kids are at daycare.

“(But) I needed to find something I could do while my kids were at home, so I started making kokedamas.

“Now my four-year-old daughter loves coming to markets with me.”

Ms Hix said interest in the new farmers and artisan market has been so high that she’s had over 200 applications for stall holders.

“We have over 20 stalls of plants, candles, jewellery, dog treats and accessories, kids-related products, basically anything you can think of,” she said, casting her eye forward to this Sunday.

“We also have around 10 produce-related stalls, fruit and veg, honey, eggs, preserves, sweet treats, and hopefully breads.”

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