armadale producers’ market – kelmscott
Second time’s the charm.The Armadale Producers’ Market I hope, has finally settled down in a new location, with a new schedule to boot. Held on the third Sunday of every month (as with all farmers’ markets, check their website for the latest details!), the producer’s market has put down roots at the Kelmscott SHS Agricultural Faculty. Between the rabbits, cows and goats, I could not imagine a more picturesque and appropriate venue for a farmers’ market.
Local plums, pears, peaches and figs from Carmel Orchard. Gotta be quick before my mum buys the lot!
Williams Honey – good variety at good prices too.
We counted about six vendors at the markets, which makes it a very small market. The three small produce vendors provided most of the fruit and veggies households would need – at pretty good prices. We absolutely adored the fruit from Carmel Orchard – sweet, juicy plums and ripening peaches. There were also fresh figs and homegrown grapes for sale. A selection of locally bread is available and for the hungry shopper, there’s a bbq selling hot dogs (it’s tucked away in a shady corner, just follow the bbq goodness aroma). The honey stall was particularly good – specific flower honeys for around $7.50 a tub – a bargain! Redtail Ridge organics were present with bottles of olives, olive oils and of course, organic, free range beef and lamb. Frozen in easy servings for two, the feel good meat is affordable and they do home delivery too.
Lovely and friendly couple running the Redtail Ridge stall
Now – to the farm animals. Holding the farmers’ market on a working farm offers a rare opportunity to see livestock, close up (keep in mind it’s not a petting zoo). People are free to wander around the Agricultural Faculty’s shed, which houses chickens and rabbits (sooooo cute). If you’re keen to learn a bit, there are educational posters tacked to each animals’ pen, and a caretaker answers questions. Outside, curious cows and goats gather around, hoping to nick a stray apple from passers by. It feels rural, but strangely surrounded by houses.
I really hope this farmers’ market succeeds. If you are in the area and it happens to be the third Sunday in the month, do drop in to coo at the animals and at the same time, support the small producers.
Armadale Producers’ Market
Kelmscott Senior High School Agricultural Faculty, Cnr Railway Ave and Cammillo Rd Kelmscott WA 6111
Open every 3rd Sunday of each month 8am – noon
Broilers and egg layers. A couple of curious and photogenic brown chickens. Hello chookies!
Mr. Rabbit! What a handsome rabbit. I’m not sure why they keep rabbits here, but I think the inclination is for food…?
Cows lurking by the drive way, soaking up the attention.
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