margaret river farmers’ market
The locals, the smiles and laid back personality of the markets shows that these markets are more than a commercial venture, it brings the community together. Locals outnumber the tourists and there are lots of samples to try. Every stall in this market sells produce from the south west – so it is a true farmers’ market.
Conveniently, the markets are also a great way to enjoy the region’s best produce without driving around. It’s a lazy person’s tour through the diversity of the region. Farm shops which are normally located miles away from each other, are now merely footsteps apart.
I have to admit this is the stall I came to see. I love cheese and Cambray Sheep Cheese make fantastic handmade farmhouse cheeses. We quickly snapped up a Friesette cheese – a soft white mould cheese made from 100% sheep’s milk. They also do a crumbly sharp-ish blue and soft fresh cheeses.
Pecans were a great buy – to be honest I had no idea we had locally grown pecans in WA! I feel a pecan pie coming up. Mumbellup Pecans also make delicious pecan toffee and chocolate pecan brittle.
McHenry’s Farm shop sells free range Jarrahdene pork and Arkady lamb. I couldn’t help myself here and bought up quite a bit – it’s always a good idea to bring a cooler bag wherever you go, for situations just like this! All the meat is fresh, expertly butchered and vacuum packed. We cooked the Arkady lamb rolled shoulder roast (studded with garlic and marjoram) and it was really nice – tender with a grassy springtime flavour.
Margaret River Free Range eggs were an absolute bargain – they sell both the normal (perfect) eggs and imperfect ‘cooker’ eggs. These are usually dearer in supermarkets but here they are straight from the farm – $8 for 30 eggs. The cooker eggs – which are slightly misshapen but perfectly fine were $7 for 30 eggs.
There were lots of stalls – more than I can remember – mulled wine, honey, olive oils, Yahava coffee and organic produce stalls. Plus the famed Yallingup woodfired bread – I missed out on the last loaf! And of course, luscious ice cream made from unhomogenized milk – lovely.
If you are in the region on the second or fourth Saturday of the month, get yourselves down to the markets. It’s a bit off the tourist track but close to the town centre and jam packed with quality produce. And you’ll get to meet the people who breath, live and work off the land.
There’s a breakfast bar (with proceeds going to non profit groups) and a smoothie bar pumping out burgers for the hungry shoppers. Don’t forget to bring your cooler bag!
Margaret River Farmers’ Market
Cnr Tunbridge & Farrelly Streets, Margaret River WA 6285
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