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There seems to be nothing more popular than farmers markets at the moment as we all become more aware of where our food is coming from and the amount of chemicals sprayed on fruit and vegetables to keep them visually appealing on the supermarket shelves. The fact that fruit, especially apples are in cool storage for up to a year before they hit the shelves. There's nothing natural about that. Or frozen vegetables from China that are repacked in New Zealand to have the product of New Zealand stamped on it.
It's no wonder we are all stepping back a little and wondering what the effect is on health and Australian farmers.
The great news is that buying food straight from the farmer, grower, baker and producer is getting easier all the time with Farmers Markets. One of the newies is Mickinnon farmers market which will hold its inaugural market on Saturday 7th September at the Mckinnon Primary School in Ormond.
The Mickinnon Market is the brain child of a husband and wife duo Warren and Abbie that created In Season Markets which began in 2006 with their first farmers market in Ballarat. It has grown rapidly to now include Caulfield, Ballarat Lakeside, Pentridge craft and farmers markets, Altona, Ashwood, Montmorency Preston, Caulfield Racecourse and in September, Mickinnon.
Like all the wonderful farmers markets around at the moment, you can be sure there will be a great range to select from to get those taste buds watering.
For more information check out the In Season Markets website for all the market details and what you can expect to find for sale at the farmers markets. Also on the site are some great recipes using ingredients from the markets, including the competition winning zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, parmesan and dill or how about the roasted shoulder of pork with fennel and orange to whet the appetite?