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Nothing beats fresh produce that's grown by local farmers. The taste of a freshly picked crisp and juicy pink lady apple will beat what you can find in the supermarket any day, and if that's not good enough they are also half the price at $5 for 2 kilograms. So why do so many people buy apples that are stored for many months at supermarkets?
Not only will you find great apples at Lilydale Farmers Market but there is a wide variety of tasty treats that include macaroons, tarts, biscuits, cakes, and for beverages there is wine, beer, juice and soft drink from the rotary BBQ stall.
Fresh produce is the main reason to visit farmers markets and imagine what you could whip up out of the grain fed beef, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, olive oil and so much more. You could actually challenge yourself to use nothing other than produce bought from the market, this wouldn't be difficult and the food less travelled theory will be put to the test. Invite a few friends over and enjoy a great hearty cooked meal with a few Grand Ridge Brewery beers to wash it down or a nice red wine from a local vineyard.
Kids are well catered for at the Lilydale Farmers Market, with a jumping castle and an animal farm. After that they can enjoy a sausage in bread from the Rotary BBQ on a bale of hay or some home made dim sims.
We discovered a stall that's worth a very special mention, this stall is an idea by local nurses to help raise money to send basic medical equipment, sheets and hand made teddy bears for children in Timor Leste. You can help by sponsoring a teddy bear for $5. You get to choose one of the hand knitted teddy bears, then you get to name it and write who it's from. The teddy you sponsor will go to a child that has little and will be cherished for many years.
The ladies will be at the Lilydale Farmers Markets selling raffle tickets and sponsoring teddy bears. So far $7,000 has been raised. An extraordinary effort.
Make sure you get along to the next Lilydale Farmers Market and taste the wonderful produce and meet the growers, bakers and knitters.