There are not many things that will cause me to depart from my cosy queensize bed after a night with my friend Montana, (her full name being Montana Reserve Savignon Blanc), but the enticement of bacon and eggs pre-prepared by someone else on a soft ciabatta roll from my local Farmers Market, can be incredibly arousing. I always plan on heading to the Farmers Markets on Saturday morning, but dragging my sleep and often alcohol infused body out of bed is an entirely different matter altogether.
The smell of sizzling bacon is irresistible, as I enter the Sharks Leagues Club grounds, where my local Farmers Market is located. I make a beeline for the grill, where a young woman and her son are preparing the bacon and egg rolls. She handles the hotplate with seasoned dexterity prepping the bacon and eggs, while the young boy tenderly places the filling onto the ciabatta roll then gestures you over to the sauces. I am salivating over the aroma, like wolves circling a tender baby lamb, until I am finally handed my roll, in what seems like an eternity, but was probably only a couple of minutes.
Once I am satiated, I happily wander off, drawing in the sights and smells, while stopping to sample and buy as I go. I find food very fascinating, trying new dishes and flavours at every opportunity. Most of my friends think I'm a bit of a fitness guru, but that is predominantly because I love my food so much that if I didn't workout, my pants would be getting one.
I have a few favorite stalls that I linger around like a kid in a candy store, carefully selecting my purchases, wishing that I could have one of everything, while my bank balance scolds me into submission. The goat cheese stall is amazing. Goat fetta is like mother's milk to me and they have every variety under the sun. On this occasion I sampled two types of fetta, chili and chive and after careful deliberation settled on the chili. What can I say "some like it hot".
Another stall which I frequent regularly has a range of deli style meats. The selection of salami on offer is to die for, if you love your sausage like me (excuse the pun). My husband and I often purchase "The Godfather", a salami spiced heavily with chili and chunks of garlic. It is antipasto heaven and also great chargrilled on the barbeque for salads and for breakfast with eggs, vine ripened tomatoes and spanish onions.
The market opens from 6.30am-1pm every Saturday hail, rain or shine and the range and price of produce is fantastic. But always make sure when choosing your fruit and vegetables to hunt around, you will find the quality and price does vary, I have made the mistake of purchasing some strawberrys and finding a much better selection and cheaper price at another stall. Also try to sample some of the amazing wares available, or you may miss out on finding a new flavour that will rock your world.