We're lucky here in South Australia to have such a mild climate, which makes for a perfect environment for growing fresh fruit and vegetables, whatever the season. The best place to pick up fresh, seasonal and local produce is at one of the many Farmers' Markets held each weekend across the state.
The Barossa Valley is not only famous for its wine, there's also an abundance of locally made and grown products, from honey to dairy, meat, bread, coffee, tea and sweets. You name it, the Barossa Farmers' Market is likely to have a stall selling it.
Fresh flowers and veggies at the front of the sheds
Held each Saturday morning from 7.30 to 11.30am at the Vintners Sheds, the stall holders welcome locals and tourists alike. Whether it's raining or a sweltering summer's day, the sheds provide protection from the elements while you wander leisurely around the trestles, or shop with purpose, waving hello to the familiar faces. Most stalls offer tasters and are happy to chat about their farms and what makes their produce just that little bit more special than their everyday 'run of the mill' supermarket counterparts. If they don't already have signs displaying where their produce comes from, they'd be happy to let you know if you ask.
Once you've finished your shopping, line up at the breakfast table to order one of the famous breakfast burgers, eggs cooked to your liking, or perhaps you'd prefer a slice of thick cut pear and almond toast. Finish it off with a Barossa Coffee Roaster's latte or a cup of Scullery Made 'Barossa Breakfast' tea, whatever your choice, you can rest assured it's local, and the producers are probably standing behind a trestle as you eat!
If you're making a weekend out of visiting the Barossa, why not start your trip at the market. Take home some gourmet produce as a reminder of your weekend, or stock up on fresh veggies, nibbles and sweets to snack on later. You might even pick up some tips of other great things to do during your stay. If you find a product you fall in love with, don't hesitate to ask the producer whether they stock anywhere else, or if they do online orders. Most of them do and probably have a website too.
Jersey Milk Producers, happy to chat about their beloved cows