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Published July 1st 2017
The best market to visit on a cold winter's morning
When my friends invited me to accompany them to the markets this weekend, I eagerly accepted. I am a regular marketgoer, mostly to Rocklea Markets, though I do mix it up a bit. When they told me we were heading to the Mulgowie Farmers Markets, I was a tad confused. I thought to myself, what suburb is Mulgowie? Still, my friends were driving, so I was happy to be a passenger and tag along with them.
What an adventure there is to be had on a crisp winter's morning heading out into the country, and the Lockyer Valley to the Mulgowie Farmers' Markets!
The Markets are located on Mulgowie School Road. You may like to consult their official Facebook page for directions, as a backseat passenger, I was too busy chatting and enjoying the countryside to give you exact directions. Here is the link: www.facebook.com/MulgowieMarkets
The Markets are open from 8am on the first Saturday of the month.
Parking at the markets is easy, and the air is clean, if somewhat crisp. The stall owners opined that the temperature was 4 degrees when they set sail to set up their wares. It was a much warmer 9 degrees when we arrived.
The produce was so fresh, and the prices SO reasonable. The variety was also amazing. I purchased the freshest carrots, parsnips, beetroot, celery, potatoes, mandarins and avocados. And then I found the honey - there I was thinking that there is honey and honey. Not out at the Mulgowie Markets - I could taste to decide which I preferred, and, my goodness, the honey was like manna from heaven. Full of flavour. My friends always purchase goats milk, and the pumpkins, and green and red cabbages and silverbeet were too good to ignore.
We, of course, welcomed the yummie coffee and bacon and egg rolls, and as we sat eating our warming breakfast, we saw a young one tucking into her goat's milk ice cream. Ice cream when it is 9 degrees? Oh to be young again. There was plenty of seating, and we sat under the lovely fig tree in the centre of the market. (Others moved into the sun, but we toughed it out in the shade!)
There were lots of plants for sale, and I could not resist another herb plant for my garden. This time, I have promised myself that I will plant it out in a bigger pot before it dies in the little punnet.
Everyone was celebrating Christmas in July at the markets, and the choir was singing Christmas carols. Other stalls included handmade crafts and second-hand books. And yes, there were chickens to be purchased too.
All in all, it was a great morning spent with friends, meeting friendly locals who were proud of their produce, and sourcing beautiful and fresh produce. Home now and the soup is cooking and the vegetables roasting. The stuff of winter weekends.
Will I return to the Mulgowrie markets next month? Absolutely, as long as my friends drive me there; my navigation skills are less than ideal.