Cold and drizzly mornings are made infinitely better with the promise of fresh produce, hot coffee, and delicious pastries- and are even more so when you can complete all your shopping before the weekend has even begun, meaning you have more time to cook (or am I the only one that thinks like that end part?).
Yet, no matter whether you’re a little cooking obsessed like me, or you just love fresh tastes, the Capital Region Farmers Markets is where you will find some of the best ingredients for any household, and where I found myself a few weeks ago for the Visit Canberra Instameet. Ithe event allowed all of the attendees to learn a little about the history, and purpose of the markets- something I had never truly stopped to consider at length before, and then we were let loose, armed with our cameras, and empty stomachs.
The markets, Launched in 2004, were started by the Rotary Club of Hall with just 15 stall as a way to help local farmers, and to recreate that connection between farmers, their produce and the consumer. Now with over 100 regular stalls each week, they are a real staple in the Canberra community and are a way to provide farmers a weekly way to sell produce they are proud of, and for what it is worth.
They are home to variety of goods, including meats, eggs, vegetables, flowers, and one of my favourite pasta shops (near the entrance), where you can find their fresh gnocchi- seriously, try it and thank me later (mouth-meltingly-pillows -of-potato). And the owners of each stall want to talk to you, tell you about their produce, and let you taste it- that is something you just do not get in large chain stores, there is a real connection between food and creator here.
So if you’re in the market (ha!) for real food, fresh flowers, strange vegetables (seriously strange vegetables, I snapped a pimplesquash below in all its lumpy green glory), and supporting the local community, these markets are worth the trip- and don’t worry, they’re actually surprisingly warm, despite the open ends of the shed.
Location: EPIC- corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue
Open: Saturday 7.30am- 11:30am