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Published August 17th 2014
Lovely natural produce; come if you're hungry
Yering Station in the Yarra Valley is a beautiful location and a fascinating place to visit anyway, but if you go on the day that the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group hold their Farmer's Market here, it's even better.
This is a true farmers' market. On the day I visit – a beautiful bright winter Sunday morning - I am greeted by the marvellous spicy aroma of hot snacks ready to go, along with bright smiles and greetings - firstly from a local Country Fire Authority team who are here to sell their raffle tickets – a truly worthy cause, if ever I saw one.
Seriously Hot Stuff - spices, salad splashes, salsa
From the first stall, I know I'm in for an experience of purveyors who know what they're about.
The Yarra Valley Tea Company offers me a range of organic teas and the vendor (perhaps it's Garrick Hicks, the Director, but I'm not sure) is knowledgeable about the methods used to produce his tea, the ingredients and medicinal qualities of each and the benefits for me, the tea drinker. For first timers, there are books on "how to make a great brew", tea infusers and lots of information.
Moving on ... I smell first, then see pickles, jams, hot spicy sauces and relishes that are all beautifully packaged and every one has samples available for me to try. The rich aroma is welcoming and marvellous. Seriously Hot Stuff – a great name – has fragrant sauces and salad "splash"- another fantastic name. Yarralicious offers me gluten-free baked goods made from natural ingredients; then Blossom's Organics has more tasty, spicy and beautifully packaged items. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite.
It's very easy to meander around this market. Just one path with stalls on each side leads me to the main pavilion - The Barn. The path leads out from the other side too, so I don't have to retrace my steps. It's good to know this, just in case there are any stalls I want to revisit.
Inside The Barn is a broad choice of good quality goods - coffee (both freshly brewed, ready-to-drink, and beans to take home), breads, hot snacks and preserves.
A particularly delicately presented stall takes my eye — handmade chocolates. These are exquisite. Here again, this craftsperson really knows her stuff and her flavour combinations are good. We discuss her macarons . She makes them true to flavour, but doesn't indulge in the popular trend of flavour gimmicks that other more famous macaron chefs are doing at present. Her flavours are just the ones that make sense for a proper sweet delicate little macaron; lemon, pistachio, tiramisu, salted butter caramel ... mmm.
Her most fascinating item is the wonderful little egg-shaped chocolates with the highest gloss I've ever seen! These hold a ganache of extra virgin olive oil and white chocolate, exquisite, both in presentation and taste.
The broad range of natural products goes on: muesli, fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit juice, herbs and plants.
Best of all, I can sample as I go. If I have room or would rather eat than graze, I can choose from several "made while you wait" lovely offerings: pulled pork rolls, blended juices, barbecued sausages, baked fresh this morning apple turnovers, muffins and rolls.
But then I spy my absolute favourite, French crepes, made by an authentic French chef. He deftly manipulates his crepe mixture on the hotplate into the most delicious huge filled crepes. I can choose from several fillings, but I guess the most popular are either the ham/cheese/tomato or apple cinnamon. How utterly divine! What a way to spend a Sunday morning. Thank you Le Petite Creperie!
Le petit creperie ... magnifique!
To find this market, big banners are placed along the Maroondah and Melba Highways for a few kilometres as I approach Yering Station, so it's hard to miss. These are great if anyone is around who doesn't know it's on.
The market operates on the third Sunday of each month at The Barn at Yering Station. It's open from 9.00am to 2.00pm and there is parking right on site.