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I love waking up on Saturday morning knowing that it is market day.
We are lucky to have a number of excellent farmer’s market within about 15 minutes of home so most weekend’s there will be one on locally. Today was Bentleigh Farmer’s Market day, put on by the local primary school and supported by the Victorian Farmer’s Market Association.
Even if I don’t need to stock up on anything in particular there is something that makes me feel happy and grounded wandering around the stalls, checking out the wonderful produce and occasionally nibbling the tasters on display.
There’s always delicious in-season fresh fruit and veg, rustic breads of every variety, the best local Victorian cheeses, organic free range eggs, and jams and chutneys your grandmother would go crazy for … a vegetarian’s paradise.
To make the whole market experience even more enjoyable, the produce stalls are interspersed with others even more tempting. Friendly cooks and bakers selling their home made snacks that are so much better than anything you ever find in the supermarket. Spinach and cheese gozleme pancakes, veggie samosas, vegan pies, warm sweet and savoury scones baked on site, freshly squeezed fruit juice and fair trade coffee to name a few. Come hungry; leave satisfied!
The market entry fee is $2 per adult, children are free, and although the produce isn’t always cheap it’s worth every cent. I always spend more than I anticipate, but I love knowing I’m supporting our local growers and producers, and reducing my carbon footprint to boot.
My favourite local farmer’s markets:
Veg Out St Kilda Farmer’s Market, 1st Saturday of every month
Caulfield Farmer’s Market, 2nd Saturday of every month
Bayside Farmer’s Market, 3rd Saturday of every month
Bentleigh Farmer’s Market, 4th Saturday of every month
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