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Mornington Farmers' Market

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 12th 2013
Meet the butchers, bakers and growers (no candle makers)

If you pride yourself on choosing food less travelled that is sustainable, chemical free and sold by the maker, grower or bottler then Mornington Farmers' Market is a one stop market to shop at.

As you would know, Farmers' Markets are popping up everywhere at the moment. People are becoming more aware of the benefits of unprocessed, chemical free and organic produce has on the bodies digestive system.

People with allergies and intolerances are finding Farmers' Markets a great way to shop, as they can talk to the maker/grower directly as to what ingredients are used and how products are produced.

We visited Mornington Farmers' Market and we were pleasantly surprised at the variety of the 38 stalls on offer, which included everything from breads, cheeses, jams, chutneys, meats, seafood's, fruits, veggies, nuts, wines, beers, cakes, pastries, dips and eggs.

Have your cake & eat it

Have Your Cake & Eat It, was a popular stall, selling small cakes and biscuits. This stalls presentation was outstanding with bouquets of flowers amongst the cake stands.

Flinders Island Meat

Flinders Island Meats is an asset to the market's credibility. Shannon Bennett (head chef of the famous Vue de Monde restaurant in Melbourne) "We put Flinders Island Meat on the menu as soon as we tried it, and have had it on ever since."

Flinders Island Meat is a family run business and is highly sought after by prestigious chefs Australia wide. They pride themselves on 100% grass fed Angus Beef and lambs that are hormone, antibiotic and GMO Free to produce a fresh, unique flavour.

Musical Duo

These two young musicians were the highlight of the market for me. The industrious duo are at the market each month busking "to buy an iPad and maybe a motorbike together" - good on you boys!

When life gives you lemons ....add sugar and turn it into lemonade!

Shoppers enjoying the market

Local mussels from Bay Sea Farms are a bargain at $7 a kilo or 3kg for $20, and are also selling fresh oysters. The Weekly Times recent publication of Bay Sea Farms owner Peter Lillie.

Frank's Classic Bakery

Olliebollen, a Dutch doughnut are very popular at the Main St weekday market and are now available at the Farmers' Market along with other baked goods. Our children's Dutch grandmother swears by them and buys them each week.

Blue Bay Cheese is another very popular stall, unfortunately they were so busy I couldn't get in to take a photo or try the cheeses. But going by the crowd it's worth the wait, as long as your not like me and have lots of little ones to keep entertained.

Coolibah Herbs have a great variety for sale. You will also find Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm,Mornington Peninsula Brewery and many more wonderful stalls that don't include food, including flowers, plants, and much more.

The great thing about this Farmers Market is it's accredited and so are all stall holders. Entry is $2 and the money goes directly to the community group responsible for set up on the day, such as today's group, (Mornington Community Garden), a BBQ is run by a different community group for each market (like the Bunnings BBQ set up)

Dogs are welcome on leash.

After the market make sure you have a look around Mornington. I have also written about Mornington historic walk and best coffee shops.

Enjoy Mornington.
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Why? For great fresh produce without chemicals
When: Second Saturday of each month 8.30 am - 1 pm
Where: Mornington Main Street Park
Cost: $2 an adult
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