The new Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Market is fantastic. There is a great range of stalls including fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, nuts, preserves, clothing, homewares, fresh flowers, tea, and soaps to name a few. There are also services such as eyebrow threading, a psychic and even an electrician.
Being the grand opening it was really busy. Some areas were quite crowded although the layout is good in that there are three distinct areas to browse so it was possible to escape the busiest places. My first stop was a very nice coffee from the Jumping Bean. From their stall I could hear and see one of the live performers. This was good entertainment while waiting for my coffee.
The aspect that I liked best was the ready to eat food section. Most of these stalls are located in the courtyard space which works really well. You can grab your food and then relax at the seating areas in the middle to enjoy your meal or snack.
When I got to this section some food items had sold out. This was to be expected for the first week as stallholders work out their volumes and shoppers work out their favourites. I was peckish and the thought of a pork bun was irresistible. Unfortunately they had sold out so I had three vegetable dumplings with chilli sauce. They were tasty but I needed more. The gozleme stand caught my eye. There were four women making these Turkish pastries from scratch and doing good business. I chose the spinach and cheese option. For $10 I thought the filling could have been a little more generous but the taste was good.
There was a fantastic selection of food and drinks. I saw organic salads, calamari, pancakes, Indonesian food, smoothies, German sausages and many other things I will try in subsequent visits.
After eating I went back for a better look at the artisan section of the markets. There were some interesting and good quality offerings. I can't wait for my next visit to these markets which are open every Saturday from 6 until noon. A wonderful way to spend a morning.