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Published June 23rd 2014
Fresh Fruit at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market
The Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market is a thriving community market held every Sunday (except during the Royal Show) just south of Adelaide in Leader Street, Wayville. The market only sells edible foods such as fruit and vegetables - arts and crafts are not available here.
This Adelaide farmers' market allows producers from the regions of South Australia to sell direct to consumers, avoiding the need to go through greedy retail chain stores that take a sizeable cut of the takings. It also means that consumers benefit by getting the freshest possible produce from farmers without unnecessary handling.
With around 100 different stalls every week the The Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market is sure to have something to appeal to all tastes, and thousands of people flock there every week regardless of the weather. Stalls outdoors sell mostly fruit and vegetables, herbs and plants, while there's a large area under cover selling other ready to eat foods including baked goods. There's also a large dining area to sip your coffee and enjoy the food that looks too good to take home.
Like any good farmers' market, it changes every week. You'll find some new faces, while other vendors will be off selling at other market locations. There are also fun things to do like cooking demonstrations, school holidays activities for kids, gardening tips, and a kids' club teaching fun things to cook, grow and learn each week.
I particularly like the market stalls selling heirloom varieties of plants for your garden. You can often find unusual varieties that look and taste special on your dinner plate. Very few other places in Adelaide offer these heirloom varieties, and Diggers in the Botanic Gardens is one of those.
Luckily there are market stalls that offer tasty morsels to snack on after you have done the hard work of picking your greens. Delicacies like kourabiedes and sour cherry strudel have just got to be healthy if you buy them at a farmers' market don't they? And I worry that strawberries may get bruised on the way home, so it's probably safer to eat them first too. I make sure that I pick up a bottle of wine from the Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale regions of South Australia to go with some gourmet cheese also.
After you have had your fill of food, there is now yet another voyage of exploration for you at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market is the newest indoor market in town, and is located conveniently under cover in the dairy hall next to the farmers' market. It sells antiques and collectables, handmade wares, artisan goods, and vintage and retro clothing on both Saturday and Sunday every weekend (except Royal Show time)..
There's almost enough to keep you occupied all day now at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Visit the Famers' Market website here, or find them on Facebook for more news. With the growing threat to South Australia's food bowl from mining and fracking, we need to make the most of what we have right now before our food and wine growing regions are impacted.