Nothing better than a local market, the mark of a good weekend if you ask me. This past weekend saw Matt off on a hike with his Dad and brother (the last hurruh if you will, his brother’s partner is also pregnant!) and I had a Saturday lunch date with my youth group from high school at a local winery, ten years between catch ups is surely too long?! Many engagement rings shown off, one baby, one bump. Anyway, turns out there is something better than a local market of a Saturday morning…perusing the market sans husband! Although, a farmers market Matt is all for I must admit, if there’s good food involved he’s generally pretty enthusiastic.
The Warragul Farmers market is a good’un – we’ve only had the luxury of the market for a short while, a relatively new initiative established by some clever people who saw the need for it, and not only the need but that it had to be done well. And it is. Produce is genuinely local, producers are genuinely friendly and engaging, the whole market has a great vibe.
It’s always dog central too, so many different dogs! I really want to take Bella on an outing like this (yes, I am mad) but if she is to become the family-pet-kelpie rather than the working-dog-farm kelpie I think she needs to do things like this. So I thought yes next time we will bring Bella, then I saw the date for the next market – I will be either two days overdue with this baby o’ ours or we will have a tiny newborn! Yikes, talk about a reality check when I saw that date! As well as dogs there’s always loads of young families, the market makes for great pram/carrier/sling/Ergo vs Manduca type spying (lately my kind of people watching).
I was unfortunately in a bit of a rush to get to my lunch date, but I managed to pick up some herbs and plants for the garden and had a little chat to the people at Thorpdale Organics (note to self: nobody knows my married name, lightbulb moments happen when I say my maiden name!)
Such a gem to have this market full of local goodness and variety in our midst now, I for one won’t be taking it for granted and will be visiting regularly – with a wayward kelpie and newborn no doubt!
The Warragul Farmers market is run on the third Saturday of the month from 8.30am – 1pm at Civic Park in Warragul. There’s often over 50 stalls of fresh local produce, ranging from fruit and vegetables, preserves and honey, meat, bread, flowers and more. You can find the market’s Facebook page here.