farm­ers’ mar­kets

Sam­ple or­ganic ap­ple juice and more at Mount Gam­bier Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

Nsw Walcha Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, Septem­ber 15th In win­ter, the NSW north­ern table­lands is very cold, so the farm­ers take a re­cess, start­ing up again when there is a whis­per of spring. His­tor­i­cally, Walcha has been a cat­tle and dairy district, but nowa­days there’s an in­creas­ing num­ber of small pro­duc­ers do­ing dif­fer­ent things, from mak­ing wine to grow­ing macadamias, and many of them at­tend the mar­ket — bee­keeper An­drew Sewell from West Kingstown, Rus­sian gar­lic grower Bob Beer, Sun­hill goat dairy from nearby Uralla and Glen Olives. The trout from Deano’s Spring­wa­ter Smoked Trout is straight out of the dam on their Black Moun­tain farm, near Guyra, and sweet treats come courtesy of In­verell’s Patis­serie Fe­fifo — their al­mond crois­sant has a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion. The mar­ket mantra is hand­made and home­made, so make sure to check out what’s on of­fer on the com­mu­nity stall and take time to en­joy a mas­sage, a cof­fee or a chat with friends in what is a beau­ti­ful park set­ting. Mchat­ton Park, Cor­ner South Street and Ox­ley High­way, Walcha. 8.30am–12.30pm. 0439 384 433; walcha­farm­ers­mar­

SA Mount Gam­bier Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, Every Satur­day The Cave Gar­dens are one of Mount Gam­bier’s lead­ing tourist at­trac­tions; a shady, land­scaped park sur­round­ing a lime­stone sink hole. Every week­end about 15 farm­ers travel into town with their of­fer­ings. In the case of Kalan­gadoo Or­ganic Or­chard, that means their ter­rific ap­ple juice (made when ap­ples are in sea­son be­tween March and June) and ap­ple cider vine­gar that’s aged for months in Amer­i­can oak bar­rels. If you’re af­ter an old-fash­ioned vanilla slice, Lime­stone Larder is the place to be — it’s their best­seller. You might need to wear sun­glasses when you crack open one of The Splen­did Egg’s eggs for your break­fast omelette: pas­tured, free-range eggs mean bright yel­low yolks. Shop­ping here demon­strates one of the val­ues of buy­ing food di­rect from the farm: it’s fresher, crisper and has more flavour. On Septem­ber 22, the mar­ket cel­e­brates the Equinox with a Spring Feast, which in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids. Cave Gar­dens, Mount Gam­bier. 9am–12pm. 0466 155 848;

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