clontarf manning farmers’ market – manning
We went to the Clontarf Farmers Market yesterday and it was great! Considering it has only been open for a month, the markets are decently sized and have a good range of produce. Finally, a farmers market in the Manning area! It’s a beautiful location for a farmers market, shaded by the tall pines and has more than ample parking, close to the markets itself.
There are numerous stalls, most fresh food supplies can be bought (except dairy, but that will probably change). Fruit and vegetable stalls (prices are fairly reasonable and there’s a good range, especially if hopping from stall to stall), bakery stalls hawking fresh baguettes, loaves and pastries and vendors selling fresh macadamias, free range eggs, olives, preserves and tea make up a varied and complete market. Fish is sold from a back of a freezer van and a couple of butchers sell lamb and beef in vacuum packs. I should have taken note of the producers but I think they were the usual biodynamic and free range meats.
Hungry shoppers can have breakfast underneath the Clontarf trees, with tables and chairs provided. Little sweet things can be sought from Sophisticakes (they sell macarons!), there’s sausages and crepes and caffeine is provided from the highly popular Yahava coffee van.
I know, its not exactly food but since I have a kitchen garden I had to have a snoop around one of the plant stalls. The plants, especially the herbs, are cheap and very, very healthy. I bought a pot of sage for $2 and hard-to-find french tarragon for $3.50. They sell pots of cherry tomatoes, zucchini and lettuces for equally good prices – all are notably mature, yielding produce in just a few weeks. In the case of lettuces, the leaves could be picked straightaway and you can’t get much fresher than that.
Clontarf Farmers Market is definitely worth a look, especially if you live near Manning, as the current farmers’ markets in Perth are either in the western suburbs or in the regional satellites (e.g. Peel, Armadale, Midland).
New additions to the herb garden
Clontarf Farmers’ Market
Clontarf Aboriginal College (opposite Curtin University) Manning Road, Bentley WA 6102
Open every Saturday 8am – 1pm
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