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Yering Farmer's Market

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 16th 2019
A DIY foodies paradise

There are farmers markets and farmers markets, but the Yering farmers market is THE farmers market.

All roads lead to .... This sign is shown on all roads leading to Yering.

This is the only indoor farmers market in the district as it is held in the historic barn building at Yering Station winery in Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, on the third Sunday of each month.

The barn is choc-a-bloc with a huge diversity of stall holders. All stall holders are based in the Yarra Valley and you can talk to the people who make the products they sell.

Vegatable stall
As you enter the barn there are fresh vegetables.

Spice seedlings
Outside the other end of the barn herb seedlings can be had.

At each end of the barn, there are outside tent stalls adding to the range of goodies available.

Roll up for a squeeze - if you are an orange.

Some of the delicacies spied on a casual walk through the crowded barn were vegetables, berries, jams, other preserves, eggs, pastries, cheeses, Indian spices, fudge, freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, cakes and countless other taste-tempting delights.

indian spices
Indian spices sold by a lovely Indian lady.

Eggs in a barn, but not laid there.

For those who can't wait to taste the goodies on offer, there are veggie burgers, a sausage sizzle, pastries, an authentic Spanish kitchen which cook up Spanish delights. There are also other tasty delights.

Veggie burgers
Get your veggie burgers here.

I'm sure I saw someone with a plate of scones with jam and cream, but I couldn't locate the source so settled for a custard cream waffle and a coffee from the very popular and busy coffee shop in one corner of the barn. Yummie! I purchased three more to take home (don't tell my diabetes nurse).

inside the barn
Many of the stalls inside the barn.

More stalls.

Walking through the barn the distant sound of live music beckoned the ears to find the source. In a shady spot between the barn and Yering Station wine tasting building was a band the Black Kites.

A group of four, the lead singer playing what I called an amplified acoustic guitar, lead guitar, a bass guitar and a drummer. Their sound was literally music to the ears.

The Black Kites performing.

They play what my lack of musical knowhow called 'middle of the road music with a country flavour'.

Facing the Kites, dozens of people sat among a plantation of shade trees, many on picnic rugs, enjoying the music and their freshly purchased food in equal portions.

Band and picnic
The Black Kites and part of their audience.

A very shady picnic area.

Between the barn and the winery buildings is a spacious, manicured, spongy green lawn, where many people sat, just enjoying the ambience of the area.

Barn and lawn
The barn in the background of a moat.

The market is open between 9.00am and 2.00pm.

There is on-site parking, which can be a premium at peak times, but there are staff available to assist you to find a spot.

The next market is on Sunday 17 March 2019. Be there.
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Where: The Farmer’s Market is located at 38 Melba Hwy Yarra Glen 3775 Victoria, Australia.
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