Crisper, juicier, fresher, more flavoursome from the market
There is no substitute for fresh home-grown garden variety vegetables. Sure, there is the handy supermarket which accounts for the main grocery budget of most Australian families, but take a trip to the local Farmers Market in Melbourne and you are in for a treat.
This morning, the rain had just eased and the sun was shining through a day predicted to reach 20 degrees Celsius. It was 8am and not many people were around, however the crowds arrived shortly thereafter.
A cake stand, farm-fresh cheeses, food for city animals, jams and preserves, smoked fish, meat, hand-made soaps, a chocolate pudding stand, hive-extracted honey, field-fresh mushrooms, ripe truss and cherry tomatoes, pestos, strawberries and cherries, home-made pies, oranges, an organic food stand, herbs, and more.
Farmers Markets occur all throughout Australia, the movement began in 2003, with the idea of bringing farm-fresh produce to inner-city communities. Resellers, imported goods, and crafts are excluded, but fresh or home-made produce is what you will find.