Anyone who lives in South Australia will tell you that one of the best farmer’s markets is located in the historic town of Willunga, 47 kilometres south of Adelaide in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s McLaren Vale wine region.
Each Saturday, the region’s farmers gather in the Willunga Town Square to sell their fresh produce direct to consumers.
There’s a buzz in the air as shoppers mill from stall to stall, filling their shopping bags with the region’s freshest produce.
There’s so much to take in my head spins. There’s a huge range of organic vegetables and fruit. Signs offering home-grown strawberries (no sprays) at $2.50 a punnet, olive oil, almonds, wine, grapes and fresh bread are everywhere.
With a catch phrase of “meet the grower and taste the region”, the market’s 60 stalls serve up a cornucopia of primary produce fresh from the region’s farms along with a few guest stalls offering produce from other regions.
The aim is to offer consumers a wide variety of fresh farm produce. The stringent 100-point system ensures the stalls offer both variety and quality.
So produce not readily available in the region like citrus from the Riverland area, pistachios, oysters and fish can also be purchased.
Greek sweets and cheese
I stop to sample Lina’s dried apricots. Italian by birth her Greek sweets – baklava, halatabouliko – are to die for.
There’s a large range of condiments and jams at Lacewood where jars of Kausundi relish whipped up from eggplant, tomato, vinegar, sugar, spices, chilli and garlic are on sale next to jars of wild lime ginger pickles and tropical tomato salsa.
Some of the stall-holders themselves are interesting characters, such as affable local cartoonist John Edmeades who sports a signature beard and a beanie. Edmeades offers fresh greens: lettuce, rocket and mulberry by the cup ($3), basil, broccoli, parsley, native spinach, baby spinach, bok choy and sprouts.
The cheese tasting stalls are popular. I stop for a taste at BD Farm – Paris Creek. The company’s biodynamic dairy products are made without using chemical fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides or fungicides to boost growth or milk production.
No preventative drenching or antibiotics are used on the animals. The cheeses are definitely not run-of-the-mill and range from a creamy Nuage Blanc to a buttery golden Tilsit.
The mouth-watering aroma of bacon and eggs wafts through the air mingling with the fresh scent of fruit and vegetables. But if you fancy something a little more sophisticated try a homemade gourmet quiche like pasta, roasted vegetables with ricotta and spinach quiche or chicken with sweet potato, cheese and rice crust.
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Willunga Farmer’s Market is on every Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm at Willunga Town Square, phone: (08) 8556 4297.
Adelaide Showground Farmers Market has fresh regional and seasonal produce. It’s where farmers and producers sell their goods direct to the public. Bring your shopping basket for freshly harvested fruit and vegetables and quality, locally made goods at affordable prices. There’s a demonstration kitchen with visiting chefs and activities for the children.
The Adelaide Showground Farmers Market supports small family farms, agricultural diversity and consumer choice.
Adelaide Central Market is an icon that has been operating for 130 years. It has 120 shops and is not to be missed when visiting Adelaide.
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