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Published January 31st 2014
Gleadell Street is a welcoming, friendly street market in Richmond.
This is simply the best street market within 10km of Melbourne's CBD. Gleadell Street Market is not a big craft or clothing market, this is a place you can visit every Saturday between 7am - 1pm for your fresh fruit and vegetables. Small enough to not be overwhelmed with choice, fresh enough to bring you back again and cheap enough to not break the budget. If you want super cheap fruit and vegetables, head to Gleadell Street each Saturday morning around 12pm. This is when they start closing down and as such, discount the produce.
A popular vegetable now, it originated from China and is named spaghetti squash due to its spaghetti like internal structure when cooked. Anyone who is gluten intolerant, eating paleo or simply wanting to try something different, this is a great option.
The stall holder offered this great recipe:
Ingredients 1 spaghetti squash
4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup sage leaves salt
Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees. Cut your squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place them face down in a roasting pan with some water and cover with foil. Place in the oven for about 40 minutes. Flip them upside down and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Then cool. Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti flesh away from the skin.
Heat butter and cook until the butter takes on a brown colour. Drain any solids and keep the clear brown butter. Add some sage and warm for 1-2 minutes before adding the spaghetti squash. Increase the heat for 2-3 minutes, and coat the squash well with the butter sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Yummo!
The market also offers a purely organic stall and fresh coffee. There are delicious sweet treats at the bakery stalls, as well as great deals being yelled out, just the old school markets of yesteryear. When not busy, the stall holders are happy for kids to ask and pay, helping our 5 year old with trying to calculate the change.
Beautiful fresh produce - just what you wanted from a street market!
When visiting Gleadell Street, remember it is cash only and if you forget, there is a NAB ATM almost on the corner of Gleadell St and Bridge Rd. Also, fruit and vegetables get heavy, bring a trolley or be prepared to carry your shop. There is also bread, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, plants etc so a coolet bag is quite handy. Finally, if you do go with kids and they are not busting for the toilet, take them to one of the many cafes on Bridge Road after the market as the public ammenities could do with a facelift at the market.
Try Gleadell Street Market and then a play in the park or a coffee on Bridge Road for a great morning out and about.
Brilliant article. I enjoyed learning about spaghetti squash, and it is cool that the grocer actually gave you a recipe. I guess he wanted to encourage people to buy it, because most probably don't know hat to do with it.
It is just a brilliant market. I go every week and see Tony who has a stall half way up on the right hand side. Lovely man with great produce. I love the fact that it is a bagless market too. Very cool.