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Published September 27th 2011
The Mansfield Farmers Market, held at the Mansfield Primary school on the 4th Saturday of the month, is a great market-day out. Mingle with the Mansfield locals and tourists alike as you explore this High Country foodie fair.
And explore you will as food producers from the wider region all gather at this market, giving shoppers an enormous array of goodies to choose from. As with all good markets, you must do the prerequisite first lap to see what's on offer. But don't attempt this without first getting your morning coffee from the Cloud 9 coffee stall.
Having completed your orientation, it's time to get down to some serious shopping. Vegetables don't come any fresher than those from the Farm Stall. This farmer has been known to pick his veggies bright and early on market day to provide the freshest produce available. He offers amazing seasonal veggies at rock bottom prices and unbeatable quality.
If pumpkin is your thing, then visit neighbouring stallholder, Taggerty Heritage Pumpkins. They have an incredible array of pumpkins to choose from and will delight you with interesting pumpkin facts (who knew?). Another must-stop-at stall is Lochelian Cheese. Sample their delicious range of farmhouse cheese, their brie is fabulous.
Mansfield Primary School Veggie Stall
There is always a large crowd of eager tasters at the Mrytleford Butter Factory stall. For a truly decadent breakfast their chocolate butter, spread on a flaky croissant, is pure bliss.
Over at the Strathbogie Ranges Estate stall, Claire will guide you through a tasting of their olive oils. Locals flock to this stall, bringing their bottles for a refill. Another favourite is Hook and Spoon, a specialist paddock to plate butchery selling a great range of meats.
For more meaty delights, try LL Waygu and King Valley Free Range Pork. Make sure there is space in your basket for a bar of Aintree Almonds' nougat and a bottle of their 'Sticky Harvest' – a wonderful blend of honey and almonds that is simply delicious served with soft cheese.
There are many more delights to discover that include wines, jams, chutneys, nuts, preserves, free range eggs and capers. Fresh bread, pasta and sushi are also available.
After shopping, take time to enjoy the great atmosphere of this market. There are three playgrounds for the kids and plenty of stalls selling breakfast. It's a great way to spend your Saturday morning.