fa r mers’ mar­kets

Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

NSW Tarana Com­mu­nity Farm­ers Mar­ket, April 22nd This mar­ket raises money to help buy and main­tain Tarana Bush­fire Brigade’s fire-fight­ing equip­ment. The vol­un­teer brigade has roots in this com­mu­nity that go back to 1939 and the mar­ket is held at the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice shed — and yes, the fire trucks are on show. When the mar­ket started two years ago, it be­came ap­par­ent that there was an enor­mous num­ber of en­ter­pris­ing food pro­duc­ers in the area. Lo­cally raised beef, lamb (from Tim and Em’s Down to Earth Pro­duce in Oberon) and ducks are on the menu, Jan­nei Goat Dairy from nearby Lids­dale bring their cheese, and just-picked fruit and veg­eta­bles are sup­plied by Hart­ley Har­vest. For Easter treats head to Pam Spere­lakis’ baked goods stall, or Laura Tul­lier’s Just Rocky Road stand for choco­late eggs. Bush Fire Brigade Shed, cor­ner Di­a­mond Swamp and Mut­ton Falls roads, Tarana. 10am–2pm. (02) 6337 5867; tarana­com­mu­ni­ty­farm­ers­mar­ket.com

VIC­TO­RIA

Me­tung Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, April 8th Come mar­ket day and the vil­lage of Me­tung is buzzing. Ev­ery­one is out en­joy­ing the so­cial whirl and the spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion, right on Ban­croft Bay in Gipp­s­land, Vic­to­ria. The bay is a renowned fish­ing precinct, as is Lakes En­trance to the north, so ex­pect to pick up a fresh catch of whit­ing, bream and even prawns. Some­thing from Forge Creek Lamb, renowned in these parts, for a bar­be­cue, An­drew Gell’s honey for break­fast toast and a se­lec­tion of spices and pre­serves from the Culi­naire Cook­ing School stall and the morn­ing’s shop­ping is al­most done. Fin­ish off with a sweet treat from Choco­dence, who are back mak­ing choco­late this month af­ter their sum­mer hia­tus. Vil­lage Green, Cor­ner Kur­nai Av­enue and Me­tung Road, Me­tung. 8am to 12.30pm. 0409 233 648.

Can­berra’s wine coun­try, in­clud­ing Wily Trout Vine­yards, is in the spot­light this month.

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