Colourful characters at Peregian Markets

When it comes to longevity attending the Peregian Markets few can go past the experience of Trevor and Cherie Venning.

The popular couple have been bringing a selection of fresh produce to the Sunday markets for nearly 30 years, selling all manner of fruit and vegetables depending on what was working on the farm at the time.

Their links to the area stretch back more than 75 years. They are the Vennings of Venning Rd in Verrierdale, and their family bought the original farm in the area from Mr Verrier, and still live there now. 

Trevor, 82, said the couple had returned to Peregian to catch up with friends and regular customers.

It’s one of the few markets they attend now. In past years they were among the founding stall holders at Gympie markets and Eumundi.

Another stallholder with a strong link to Peregian Markets is Helen Standage. Helen’s family first came to Peregian in 1978 to attend a car boot sale near the surf club where she and her Mum sold “bits and pieces and plants”.

“We were one of three cars pulled up beside a little fence and that was it. We opened the boot, displayed our wares and sold a few things, mainly plants,” Helen said.

“Mum was excited and proceeded to have a bush house made at home so she could grow more plants for the car boot sales.

“It grew and grew. We had a Ford Transit van, then a pantec truck to transport the plants.

“My family and I continued to have regular market stalls at the Peregian Beach markets for 24 years.”

Peregian Markets coordinator Lea Bye said the rekindled – post-COVID markets were slowly building back up in size and were proud to be back from 7.30am to 12.30pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month in January.

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Helen Standage started coming to Peregian Markets as a child helping her Mum with a car boot sale.