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Farmers' Market at Scotch College

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The Old World Charm of Scotch College

When I think of Scotch it normally isn't the College that springs to mind, but on Sunday October 20 things will be a bit different.

This year Scotch College is celebrating its close involvement with agriculture over 90 years, as in 1923 Scotch became the first school in South Australia to have a fully operational farm on campus. Students were then able to learn agriculture and animal husbandry - although surely that word has been de-sexed in modern times.

To commemorate this long agricultural tradition the school will be hosting a Farmers Market showcasing a wide range of goodies produced by the school. You will be tempted by organic coffee, organic apple juice, organic cheeses and fruit, together with sourdough bread, jams and preserves, and dairy products including milk, butter and yoghurt.

If all that sounds a bit too healthy for you, then combine the free range eggs with bacon in a sandwich to produce something tasty enough to get your doctor frowning.

For those of us who like to grow your own, you'll be able to pick up seedlings and straw, compost, fertilisers and potting mix. Bring a trailer if you plan to buy in bulk, because shopping trolleys are hard to steer all the way down the hill back home.

Of course the children will need to be entertained while you're shopping the sustainable stalls, so toss them on a tractor ride or let them hack at a pumpkin to carve something for Halloween. Better that than your car seat covers. If you don't trust the kids with a pumpkin, then the face painting stall is always a good standby, and there's a giant scarecrow competition too.

The whole family will want to wander the farm and check out how things work, particularly the viticulture and aquaculture. Laying chickens will also be on sale if you want to start your own mini farm, or just enjoy fresh omelettes every morning. Just keep an eye on dad as you near the oenology department to make sure he doesn't misbehave and sneak out with a carton of red.

In true farm tradition the market starts at the sparrowfart time of 9am, and will finish at 1pm.

It's a top opportunity to pick up some fresh farm produce, unsullied by commercial hands. See you there?
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Why? See a working farm
When: 9am - 1pm
Phone: (08) 82744385
Where: Carruth Road, Torrens Park, South Australia, Australia 5062
Cost: Free
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From memory Westminster in the Marion area has or had an operational farm with farm days on Fridays.
by soupson (score: 2|133) 2765 days ago
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