midland farmers’ market
The Midland markets possess an almost provincial, countryside market atmosphere that I always find myself coming back to.
At these markets, people just truck in their produce, set up the tent and sell at good prices. It just works. It feels like a French street market, except everyone speaks English and there’s not a galette in sight (but there is satay!). Italian grandfathers sing along to songs and sometimes sneak in an extra zucchini into your bag, just because they can. Some of the vendors span generations, selling produce collected from several farms or grown in their backyard.
There’s no organic stall or burgers with feel-good free range bacon, but I find the lack of gourmet pretentiousness relaxing.
Authentic Malaysian chicken satay – possibly the best satay I have had in Perth.
Broccoli straight from the farm.
At the peak of the season, the farmers themselves come to sell enormous quantities of surplus – strawberry vans rock up in spring, sacks of oranges in summer and on my last visit two weeks ago, mountains of gigantic, freshly cut broccoli for $2.50 each (with leaves banded around the stem just in case you want to eat them too).
The Midland farmers’ market feels like how a market should – cheap, cheerful and friendly. Plus, the satay stall is a winner (hopefully he stays put). It’s weird eating satay in the morning but with sticks of chargrilled chicken slathered in peanut sauce that good, I could force a few down at any hour. (And at $1 a stick, a bargain.)
Midland Farmers’ Market
Behind Town Hall Clock, Old Great Northern Hwy, Midland WA 6056
Open every Sunday 7am – 3pm
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