To market, to market…

… to buy a fat pig.  Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

Have you ever been to a Farmers’ Market?  Until recently I hadn’t.  A terrible confession for a foodie to make, particularly when there is one essentially at the end of my street.  No excuses really.

Determined to set things straight I got up nice and early, put on sensible shoes, grabbed the trolley and headed down the street.  I wasn’t looking to get the fat pig mentioned in the nursery rhyme, but was hopeful there would be something else to take my fancy.  I was so eager and so early the market was not due to open for another half an hour!  I went for a walk and came back at the designated time to find the market alive and bustling.  I paid my $2 to Rotary and joined the throng.

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A quick reconnaissance was needed to see what was on offer.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was surprised at the variety of stalls and produce.  There was a lot to choose from;

The first strawberries of the season, picked the day before (Yes. Okay. You got me.  This post has been languishing in “Drafts” for a while now!)

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Some beautiful young garlic.  You can use the shoots as well as the bulb.

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Gorgeous and vibrant rhubarb.

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Spears of organic asparagus

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Buttery soft lettuces

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Pods and pods of broadbeans

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Bunches of beets

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All manner of citrus

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There were even seedlings if you wanted to test your green thumb and grow things at home

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After a bit of walking around I needed caffeine so I headed to Eureka Coffee tasted a coffee bean whilst waiting for my fix.  Suitably perked up, I continued my meandering, this time taking in all the specialty stalls.

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Happy Fruit had a huge selection of dried fruits – all able to be sampled

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Red Hill Cheese looked tempting

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The veal from Malibu proved to be tender and delicious

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An assortment of fruit leathers and jellies caught the eye of children who walked past.

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One stall that was doing a consistently good trade offered a huge selection of sweet and savoury tarts.  I could have eaten almost all of them, but restricted myself to a few to take home.

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I finished the expedition with a well loaded trolley and an amazing array of great produce.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been here before!

The Boroondara Farmers’ Market is on the third Saturday of each month from 8am until 12:30pm at Patterson Reserve, Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East.  The last one for the year is this coming Saturday, December 19.

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