It was a glorious Saturday morning when I visited the Manjimup Farmers Market in Manjin Park. The market is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm.
The region, known as Genuinely Southern Forests, is renowned for its incredible bounty of produce, from grapes, potatoes, apples and kale to beef and marron. All grow well in the ideal conditions of the area. With this in mind, I had high hopes for the farmers market.
I was not disappointed. In February I was able to find a great range of quality food including fresh vegetables, new season apples, blueberries, rare breed pork, cakes, jams, olive oil, pasture-raised eggs, garlic and gorgeous succulent plants.
It was exciting to see locally made Loving Gift raw saurkraut and chocolate available.
Ever-popular Sally's Lane had a stand as well for their refreshing, non alcoholic sparkling beverages.
Its also worth noting the lovely Karri Country Gourmet Potato stand with grower-direct Dutch Creams, Kipflers and the best looking Royal Blues I had seen in a while.
Established in 2003 in a shed, the market has developed into a bi-monthly event, with the best local products on offer. Some of the stalls vary from month to month as the seasons turnover, but others like scrumptious jams and quilted goods are there all the time.
According to Market President and stallholder for Yallamurrup Jams, Beth Shorthouse, the Shire assisted the markets to fund their permanent tent in 2011. The tent provides excellent protection from the elements when needed and is centrally located with lots of parking nearby.
For caffeine addicts there is coffee on hand and local buskers to entertain you while you get amongst the great community spirit.
Do yourself a favour and plan a visit to the Southern Forests region. You will come back with a car load of wine, food and great memories. I for one, can't wait to get back and stock up again!