kalamunda farmers’ market – kalamunda
A change of pace and scenery is always good for the soul. And food shopping too.
I love the winding drive up Kalamunda Road, watching the stalagmite of Perth’s CBD retreat into the distance through the rippling forest. It’s a short 30 minute drive (if that) into the Perth Hills. It’s a worthwhile drive because after the market, you can scoff down a croissant and bowl of coffee at Le Croissant Du Moulin and follow it up with a big, luscious scoop of ice cream from Collodel’s (in my opinion Perth’s best ice cream).
Bagpipe players in full costume, though underneath the kilt who knows.
Approaching the markets, the first thing we hear are the drawl of bagpipes, the squabble of transactions and yips from four legged furry friends. It’s a real community affair with bake sales, produce stands and fresh roses mingling together. Plus, a giant orange selling orange juice!
A giant orange!
Belgian waffles – with toppings of caramel, chocolate sauce and strawberries. Breakfast anyone?
Home made bake sale. Love it.
In close proximity to the Carmel Bickley valleys, the freshness of the produce is unbeatable. It’s not an overly huge market, but the vendors have been well selected. Glass bottled milk from Sunnydale Dairy, eggs from both the Carmel and Swan valleys, and even fresh blue manna crabs from Singleton fish supply. There’s also The Beef Shop van selling angus beef and free range chooks.
At the top end of the mall we spot a stall selling bags of greens plus a few potatoes. We picked up a fresh and crunchy cos lettuce for $1 (bargain!) and rooted around for some creamy kipfler potatoes.
Lots of greens of every kind, super cheap.
Left: Singleton Fish Supply. Right: Riki’s South African sauces and products.
The epitome of eating in season, the markets’ apples were crisp and sweet. And for $3 a kilo, I know an apple pie is in the works.
The produce stall from Carmel Bickley is where all the action happens! It’s a crazy busy stall – crates upon crates of vegetables and the crowd, jostle for space and attention. We picked up locally grown, fat bottomed bulbs of garlic for $20/kg and wedges of watermelon, cut on the back of the truck that very minute, for $1/kg.
The produce stall from Carmel Bickley – everything that’s in season is here. Somewhere. In there.
Last plums of the season.
As for food, it’s not a bad idea to grab breakfast here. Freshly made waffles on a stick, covered in caramel looked divine. Turkish gozlemes are rolled out to order from batches of supple dough and carnivores can head to the Elmar’s stand for smoky pork sausages in a roll.
After lugging our shopping around, I could hardly resist buying something alive and green. It was a choice between the fresh roses or a new chilli plant for the kitchen garden.
I picked the upward bullet shaped butt busters. (It hasn’t died yet which with me, is a miracle.)
I liked these markets – it’s a really well thought out market. The photos captured only a fraction of what’s available – basically everything sold at the market is made, baked or grown by the stallholder, which is quite a feat.
The slow paced, country-like atmosphere is an endearing change of pace for a city girl like me.
Kalamunda Farmers’ Market
Central Mall, Kalamunda WA 6076
Every Sunday 8am – 12 noon
See my farmers’ market page to find more markets in and around Perth.
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