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Cow Milking and Butter Making at Mt Eliza Market

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
On Sunday 28th August, the Mt Eliza Markets are on again at the corner of Canadian Bay Road and Mt Eliza Way. This week there is something different to experience and great for the children to experience.

Cow milking by Woodleywonderworks, Flickr cc srr.

Yes, it's milking and butter making. Something different, eductional, fun and eventful for a Sunday morning.

Sometimes, words are just not enough to explain. So listen, and watch.

Lillie and her father provide the entertainment. She has a great voice.

The only things missing here are smell, touch and taste. Yet you can do that when you venture out to buy your fresh organic produce this Sunday. You might also like to learn a new skill.

If you've ever milked a cow by hand, you might know how interesting the feeling is and how it really does take deft handwork to fill a container. If you've never milked a cow, even better. You may develop a different relationship with the fridge at the supermarket after this. AND butter making. I dont know about you, but I like to buy the organic butter which now graces our supermarket shelves, yet would feel that I had been transported back in time if I ever made my own butter. Although, some people do make the most divine herb butters. Ummm.

So if you're ready to experience that link with nature that is beyond the refrigerator door, make your way to the Mt Eliza Markets this Sunday morning. If you have children, take them. Take a camera and have a great giggle .

The cow milking and butter making will commence at 10am and run until 12pm. The farmers market begins at 9am and finishes at 1pm, so there is plenty of time to browse, wander, pick up provisions and enjoy.

The Mt Eliza Markets have a range of amazing organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. There's fresh pastas, seafoods and herbs. Delectable sweets and divine native flowers.

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Why? It's fun to milk a cow.
When: Sunday 28th August, 2011.
Where: Mt Eliza Farmers Market, cnr Canadian Bay Road and Mt Eliza Way.
Cost: Milking and butter making is a free community event, entry to the Mt Eliza Farmers Market is $2 for adults and free for children.
Sounds like fun and a great way for kids to find out more about where milk and butter come from.

I was brought up on a dairy farm and always loved being near cows - their big eyes, the relaxed sounds of their breathing. I wasn't so keen on the dawn starts, mud and cow manure though!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 25th of August @ 04:05 am
They are great. I ve only milked a cow a couple of times by hand and its quite difficult.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Thursday, 25th of August @ 04:09 am
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