buy local at the market
VICTORIA August 6th, Swan Hill Farmers’ Market One thing that’s guaranteed when you buy your fruit and vegetables from a farmers’ market is that they will be fresh. In some instances, only hours out of the ground or offff the tree. At Swan Hill, in the Mallee, north-west Victoria, shoppers can buy potatoes that grower Marty Mccosh from Long Lake Produce digs up only days ahead of the market. Third-generation citrus farmers from Kingfisher Citrus in Narrung sell their seasonal citrus fruit, as well as pure orange juice iceblocks. You can also buy what are reputed to be the tastiest organic carrots around, from Arahura Farms. Riverside Park, Swan Hill. 8.30am–12.30pm. 0456 531 606; swanhillfarmers.market
NSW August 5th, Leeton Farmers and Makers Market The farmers and food producers who gather alongside the makers and crafters in Leeton each month offffer a glimpse into the local food production of the Riverina, where fruit, rice and wine are big business. Start your market visit at Peeches Coffee Lounge coffffee cart (hailing from nearby Griffith), then make sure to pick up a bottle of Lazidaze Dressing, a bag of Randall Organic Rice, some Yarrow Park table olives and, as a treat, something sweet from the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory stall. Mountford Park, 9am–1pm. 0421 189 980.