I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Published May 29th 2013
Fresh Vegies For Your Family - Straight From The Farm Gate
Around the world and throughout history, marketplaces have always existed at the heart of every community, large and small. More than just places where goods are exchanged for money, they also serve as social hubs where householders gather, children play and gossip is shared. Despite our modern urban lifestyle, here in Perth the market tradition is still alive and flourishing with an ever-growing selection to peruse, ranging from trash and treasure markets to those specialising in designer and artisan wares.
This image is from the Palmyra Western Farmers Market website.
Over recent decades old-fashioned farmers' markets are also making a big come-back and throughout the Perth metro area, new ones are popping up constantly. For the uninitiated, farmers' markets are events at which fruit and vegetable growers sell their produce directly to the urban public, rather than through a 'middle man' such as a shop-keeper or supermarket chain. Being straight from the farm, such produce is generally much fresher, nutritious and tasty than the shop-bought varieties.
This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Carlos de Leon).
Palmyra Western Farmers Market is one of many such markets which take place each weekend around Perth. Situated at Palmyra Primary School, they're held every Sunday, from 8am until 12 noon, and serve as a vibrant meeting place, both for locals and visitors from further afield. The stalls at the market are well-presented and offer a diverse range of sumptuous culinary goodies including freshly-picked seasonal vegies, organic produce, home-made jams and yummy, locally-baked gourmet goodies.
This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Arnaud 25).
In a nutshell, the Palmyra Western Farmers Market is a great way to support our local growers, as well as provide our families and ourselves with the freshest, healthiest foodstuffs available. A morning at the market is also a beaut way to begin your day - the children can have fun in the kids' zone while you enjoy the sunshine and catch up with friends. As the Market's website declares: 'Each market is a social celebration of all things good – food, family, friends, and conversation'.
Therefore, why not head to the Palmyra Western Farmers Market this Sunday and check it out for yourself? As well as reviving the age-old tradition of direct trade between householders and farmers, it's also a vibrant, friendly social event with something for everything. For more information, including contact details, go to the Palmyra Western Farmers Market website.