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Doing the weekly shop can be a trudge. Carrying heavy bags, feeling part of the masses going up and down the aisles. What if I told you there's a way to avoid that and make the weekly shop for produce, deli and other food items all the more enjoyable. Would you be interested? Let me introduce you to The Bardon Shed.
"Shed" is a little understated in describing this one stop shop for quality fruit, vegetables, flowers, and delicatessen items along with an espresso and juice bar.
Stepping up the front steps (or along the ramp) and onto a covered deck brings you to the beginning of your Bardon Shed experience.
This well-dressed market with black and white striped outdoor blinds, situated on the corner of Runic street at Bardon is stylish, functional and brimming with fresh produce and more. The Bardon Shed opened on 2 May 2018 and recently celebrated its first birthday with a $2 coffee special.
With so much on offer, let's take a closer look inside.
The Espresso Bar My first stop was to grab a bite to eat and a hot drink, sit back on the covered, wrap around verandah. My friend wandered up to the open window of the Espresso Bar to order some caffeine and found that Genovese is the coffee of choice. Sweet croissants and bite-size treats are stacked on the counter for something light. Keep an eye out for the loyalty cards on the counter for collecting coffee stamps for regular visitors.
The verandah boasts heaps of seating from individual tables, to benches and alluringly comfy 10 seater sofa to lounge in. It's easy to get comfortable and with an outdoor television set on the wall, simply sit back and relax.
If coffee is not your drink of choice, Bardon Shed also has a juice bar, tucked beside the espresso window. Juices range from $3.50-$7.00. For something milky, look out for smoothies, milkshakes and thick shakes. There's also yoghurt and muesli cups and fresh fruit cups if you are on the run. I couldn't help but notice the Norgen Vaas ice cream fridge with options to select a single $4.00 or double $6.00. Yum.
Off the verandah is where the real action starts and the name Shed kicks in. It is filled with an abundance of healthy, freshly grown fruit and vegetables. The grocery wall has rows of pasta, Asian cuisine, rice, dressings, sauces, oil, vinegar, jams and teas, gourmet bread, rolls, and bagels, I even spotted some truffle sauce which looked rather fancy.
Prices are higher than supermarkets but I guess it's about weighing up convenience, accessibility and range.
Apart from the produce, one of my favourite parts of the shed was seeing the much used, well-worn collection of farming equipment on the wall which included a rustic hand saw, ladder and wheelbarrow. They pay homage to the hard work and toil of our farmers and give a historic sense of the efforts needed to work on the land and manage a farm.
The deli has a range of pressed meats and cheeses. Bardon Shed makes it easy to pop in and select some ready to go cooked roast chickens $9.99 and family pies That's dinner sorted. Shelves of sweet and spicy condiments (like jams, pickles, vinegar etc) are available for added flavour.
I noticed a sign which claimed to be home to the world biggest lamington; I'll save that for another time.
A chocolate section is near the entrance close to bunches of cut flowers.to grab on your way in or out.
A visit to a market for the first time is always even more pleasant when the parking problem is taken care of and it's easy to cart your parcels to the car. And this is the case at The Bardon Shed which has its own free, dedicated parking area.
The extended opening of 7 days a week just adds to the convenience of shopping. Overall, the standout of the Bardon Shed was the size of the space and the range of speciality condiments for something unique. It's certainly a nice shed to shop in.