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Published June 10th 2012
Champion Bay Farmers Market The Champion Bay Farmers Market is held on Sunday morning from 8:00am – 12:30pm on the platform of the Old Railway Station, off Marine Terrace in Geraldton.
The market has everything from fresh produce to arts and crafts and there is some fantastic fast food on offer too, the market has been operating every Sunday for the past fourteen months.
It is great to see this beautiful old building being utilised for a regular community event such as this market; the last train to roll away from the platform was in 1957. Since that time it has been used for various purposes, and still functions as the bus depot on the Perth to Darwin bus route.
I visited the market whilst in Geraldton for the June long weekend visiting family; I was accompanied by my wife, her sister and her two children. As we were entering the market from the car park, via a ramp at the end of the platform, there was a ute parked laden full of vegetable punnets, the plants looked very healthy, as did the herbs on the table nearby.
Grow your own vegetables from these beaut punnets.
As we moved along the platform there were plenty of Asian vegetables on offer, including one of my favourites, Kung Kong a type of water spinach, with beautiful bright yellow flowers that look beautiful sitting on top of a bowl of Pho Gai, there were bok choy and eggplants, Chinese cabbages, alongside your typical sweet potatoes, butternut pumpkin, bags of onions and loads of corn - all lovely and fresh.
Moving further down the platform, we found trestles full of preserved vegetables, jams and chutneys, local Red Gum honey, and jars of caper berries (love caper berries). One lady was selling her Royal Show award winning Extra virgin olive oil from her Murphy Yenta Road olive grove, I grabbed a bottle of EVOO along with 2 loaves of her home made Ciabatta bread.
Another lady was selling freshly squeezed juices from $4.00 small glass, $6.00 for large and at $12.00 a bottle. Alongside her a Thai family were preparing green papaya salad and frying spring rolls, it was around this time I began to regret having had a big breakfast, the aromas from the food stalls were amazing.
The atmosphere around the markets was wonderful, it seemed everyone knew everyone and they were kept busy greeting each other and catching up on the previous week's events and happenings. As this was all happening, an elder gentleman toward the back of the platform was singing popular songs whilst strumming his guitar. He had a great voice, it was so nice to be there to enjoy it all.
My niece and I found our way inside the old station house, where we found the large room to be packed full of balls of wool and hand knitted products. Watching this spirited 6 year old girl run around excitedly inspecting all the handicrafts was a pleasure. Being a typical young lady before long she found a knitted beanie she loved, came running back to me asking if she could have it; it looked so cute on top of her golden locks - I could not say no! Unfortunately for my young nephew, we could not find anything too manly for him in the wool shop, but we did happen upon a great drink cooler with an army tank stencilled on it - just the thing for a boy, so he went home happy too!
This was a great market to visit, plenty of good quality fresh produce, lots of yummy looking food, excellent arts and crafts to select from and an atmosphere second to none, a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
It is free entry into the Champion Bay Farmers Market, but bring some cash because there is bound to be something you want and bring your appetite, there is lots to eat.
If you would like more information contact Adrian Gannon (Managing Director) on 0428 233 456 or Gordon Munn (Director) on 0488 246 006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org