fa r mers’ markets
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
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.