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Local produce has never tasted so good
First opened in 2005, the Sevenhill Producers Market has gone from strength to strength over the last ten years. Held on the last Saturday of every month, except December (second last Saturday) and January (no market), the market features home-grown and freshly prepared produce from local producers.
The overwhelming breakfast smell of bacon and eggs cooking on the BBQ is a powerful drawcard, and it is not hard to understand why a small crowd has gathered around here early. The outside tables and chairs, and a tea/coffee stall run by volunteers, encourages a number of people to grab a seat and to start their weekend off by attempting to resolve a number of the world's most critical economic problems.
Inside the hall, a similar gathering of people are wandering the stalls and chatting to vendors, making enquiries as to the products being sold and how they became to be where they are now. Organically is a common theme amongst the vendors, as each is looking to offer their complementary products.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are in supply, as are Nelshaby capers, Bryksy's bluegum honey, Patly Hill preserves, London Hill jam and chutnies, and Evilo Estate olive oils, olives, dukkah and pastes. To help complete the picnic basket, there are also fresh bread and pastries, as well as dried fruits and nuts from the Riverland.
Tasting is always part of the experience of being at fresh produce markets, and each of the stallholders has a range of products available to sample. Several different types and flavours of oils and dukkah are available to taste, as are sample jars of the chutneys, jams, preserves and honey.
Not to be outdone, the fresh flowers on a couple of the stalls added to the already pleasant aroma inside the hall. And if that isn't enough, the small stalls of books, scarves and other woollen products are there to tempt as well.
Meanwhile, outside the hall the fishmonger from Grandax Seafood has parked under a shady tree, and is offering some fresh fish, prawns and oysters brought across from the gulf earlier in the morning, while some bargains are purchased next door at the large fruit and vegetable stalls.
Nearby the sounds of the road traffic are drowned out by the cackle of chickens, ducks and turkeys for whom a new egg-laying home is being sought. A number of small bales of wheat and pea-straw are also on offer to ensure that the poultry gets the best quality food as well.
The Sevenhill Producers Market is located on the Main Road at Sevenhill, next door to the Sevenhill Hotel. The markets are open rain, hail or shine, and having purchased some of the products on sale, I can vouch for their quality and offer my support for their assertion that this is the best range of local products and best country market in the mid-north.
I suggest you ask people where they live before selling them roosters.
Some may not be aware of the fact that you aren't allowed to have a rooster in the Metropolitan area. I don't know if the same applies in country council areas towns