I love going to farmers markets. There I said it, and I'm sure many of you do too. I love the hustle and bustle, the outdoors, the friendly stall holders, exchanging pleasantries with fellow market goers, and last but not least, shopping for produce fresh from the land.
I visited Caulfield Farmers Markets at their new location recently. They used to be at the corner of Neerim and Booran road, but are now located at the Glen Huntly Primary School grounds at 166 Grange Road, Glen Huntly. Hmmm...I wonder if they will continue to call it the Caulfield Farmers Market, now that its actually in Glen Huntly. Entry is a $2 gold coin donation for each adult, and children go in free. The proceeds go to the Primary School and are used to fund improvements made at the school.
Grange road is a busy road and not always easy for a park. Best set your GPS to take you to the corner of Garden avenue and Grange road, and turn into Garden Avenue where you can park. From there you can safely walk across Grange road via the pedestrian overpass, to the school.
Jams, pickles, chutneys, peanut butter, tomatoes, olive oil, vegan pies ~ come and get it !
I used to love that they were in a large park before, but I found that I didn't really notice, once I started walking around the stalls in the school grounds, which was still very spacious. I guess the good thing is that they also have a playground with equipment to keep the children happy, a gazebo with seating to rest and have some lunch, and most importantly, toilets.
If it takes your interest note the name of the stalls and their details to google and check them out
I headed to my favourite stores and shopped while I talked, camera slung around my neck. Bet I stuck out like a sore thumb and everyone thought I was either a tourist or strange, taking pictures of everything.
My favourite Bretzel Biz, gourmet chocolate truffles and looks like the school brought out the cakes
I was also pleased to see that the Hope Farm organic sourdough bread stall was one of the first three stalls by the entrance, just like they used to be at the old location. Then it was time to pop across to the next stall to pick up my favourite organic dried fruit from Happy Fruit. You have not lived until you have tasted their dried fruit. Check it out. They're always generous with handing out samples.
Strawberries, grass fed beef and turkish delight from 'Mels Turkish Delights'
Stocking up on vegieburgers from VBK Foods and some vegan pies and pasties from The Organic Kitchen was next on the list for me. A meal would not be complete without some healthy sweets, so I just had to head over to The Stella for some vegan and raw handmade treats. Love her nut slices and the 'ancient macaroons' were delightful.
Mmmm..fresh scones, free range ham pork and bacon, and even some treats for the dogs
Walking past the Lockton Farm Gourmet Sausage stand, the quality of their product just called out to me. You had to but look at them to know they would be delicious. Having over 20 varieties was just powerful.
Organic veg, cheese, pate, pesto, licorice and Yassna's Pitteria
What did stop me in my tracks was the craft beer stall belonging to Grand Ridge Brewery. I wondered what beer was doing at the markets and had to toddle over and find out.
If you made it all the way to the end of this article, thanks for sticking with me. It was just such a beautiful morning and I had such a good time, I just had to share it with you.
See you at the next market. Fresh is best and support your local farmers and all that. I leave you with the picture of a bread stall I could not resist because it all looked so good, hence I ended up buying even more bread. As it was nearly closing time, he gave me an extra loaf, so thank you kind sir.
The mushroom lady also came over and was trading her mushrooms for some of his bread. It all felt so pleasant and old school. Perhaps next time I shall bring a goat to trade. Kidding !
Fresh bread looks so good, and in the corner, my little stash of goodies