Nothing showcases the essence of a region better than a local farmers market. Being lucky enough to be in Mildura on one of the two Saturdays per month the Sunraysia Farmers Market was on, I journeyed to the banks of the Mighty Murray to find that at 9am it was already brimming with visitors and locals alike with jazz music filling the air. Even those hungover from the night before would soon be reenergised by the lively atmosphere.
The market is a great place to do your week's grocery shopping as fresh locally grown produce is guaranteed. Regular stalls are propped up by the riverside selling homemade preserves, fruit and vegetables and cakes. There's the $1 leek lady, Greek pastry and baklava, Just Figs, Varapodio estate olive oil, Murray Salt and cupcake stalls, just to name a few. You can also pick yourself up a pretty bunch of flowers for under $10.
Another highlight is the popular breakfast whipped up by the locals on the barbeque. Priced at $10 a plate, theres a meat and vegetarian version. The meat plate consists of eggs, bacon, a sausage and a mountain of fried vegies which are in season. Mine had bok-choy, asparagus and creamed cauliflower, Jerusalem artichokes which was enough to satisfy my daily requirements of fibre. A nearby trestle table also sports a vast array of local chutneys and sauces to accompany the plate. What you end up with is the ultimate 'Murray plate'. For those looking for something slightly less heavy for breakfast there's also muesli with yoghurt, pancakes with strawberries and cream and bacon and egg rolls on offer. Freshly squeezed orange juice is delish on a sunny Saturday morning at only $2 a cup and you can literally see it being squeezed from local Sunraysia navels. Alternatively there's the coffee van always on standby for those who need their early morning caffeine fix----everyone is different!
It's a shame the Sunraysia markets are only on twice a month. With a beautiful view of the river, jazz music, delicious produce for sale and good quality brekky nosh it has become a community highlight and is not to be missed if you are visiting.