Monday, January 29, 2007

Slow Food Melbourne Farmer's Market

On Saturday I went to my first farmer's market - the Slow Food Melbourne Farmer's Market at the Abbotsford Convent. I had an absolute blast. Bear with me while I go into excited tourist mode. All the produce there was awesome! The fruit! The seafood! The meat! The dairy! The bread! Straight from the producers. So delicious! And so cheap!















I have no idea why I've not been to a farmer's market before. It would make sense for me to, seeing as everything's way cheaper than usual, and I spend a ridiculous amount on food and cooking. Oh well, better late than never!

The Abbotsford Convent is a pretty wicked place. There's a cafe in there, and it's where they bake the bread for all the other Chimmy's cafes around town. (My favourite cafe! Pop into the Bridge Road branch and say "Hi" to Richard!) Their artisan bread is organic, sourdough and baked in a wood-fire oven. Fantastic. I am particularly obsessed with their wonderful panini bread - it's crunchy, chewy, sour and just YUM!

Today I bought a latte to fuel my food-shopping, and a ham panini for later.

The grounds of the Convent...





















We got some mussels from the Flinders Fresh stand. I always think I don't like mussels, but that's only because it's so difficult to get really, really fresh ones without hiking down to Vic Market.



















Then we got some cute little potatoes and squash from a fruit & veg stand...



















... some coffee and plain almond nougat from the Larder Fresh stall...
















... some super-sweet white nectarines...















We got caught in the rain, but still managed to get a good haul before heading home for lunch.
















- 1kg mussels $7
- 2kg white nectarines $5
- 2 x 350g tubs Schulz organic quark $10
- 1 jar Gippsland Gourmet sweet pickled asparagus $5
- 1kg potatoes (I forget the price... maybe $3?)
- 1 kg squash (About the same price... $4 or something like that)
- 1 ham panino from Convent bakery $5.50
- 1 latte $3.00
- 2 punnets Sunny Ridge strawberries $9
- 1 block almond nougat $6.50
- 1 block coffee nougat $6.50
- 100g Raj Wicked Chai tea $5

The Slow Food Market is on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Abbotsford Convent from 8am-1pm; definitely check it out!

4 comments:

kitchen hand said...

Markets are the best. I visit some on the Mornington Penisula where they revolve to a different location each Saturday.

cin said...

yay, glad you finally made it there but pity we didn't bump into each other.

did you try the falafel at Larder Fresh as well - they're tasty!

you should also visit the one at the children's farm every second sat. i think that's even better because most of these same stall holders are there and more.

Squishy said...

You are so lucky living in Melbourne. I am so jealous. You seem like you get excited just like me, whenever I get near any markets. But food markets just are the ultimate shopping experience. The convent looks really lovely. Good to see you have all your goodies out on the bench and assesing what you got. Great Post Chick :) Stupid question but, What is Schulz organic quark?

Anonymous said...

I have also tried the paddymelon turkish delight and dukkah it was freshly made and was a steal. God I love Melbourne