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Farmers’ Market Roundup: Gasworks

Gasworks Park: Pickles Street Port Melbourne .. South Melbourne .. Albert Park? Middle Park?  I dunno!

Another of the four Melbourne Community Farmer’s Markets, accredited, friendly and as one I only occasionally visit, a few stalls that are less familiar to me.  Here’s my haul.

Gasworks Farmers' Market Haul

Brussels Sprouts on stem

Brussels Sprouts on the stem from Sarah of Peter Schreurs & Sons as she says, from the home garden.  They are also bringing “tamed” nettles to market as well – picked over and in a small plastic bag.  They bring insome really interesting vegies from “the home patch”, and it’s no secret that they grow fantastic, sweet leeks.

Gypsy Pig sausages (English Breakfast with a bit of nutmeg in them) and flavoured mince, which is sometimes available as patties.  I think I will do some meatballs with the mince.

My old favourite Sunny Ridge strawberries, a few weeks left of strawbs this season. These are Albions again.

I’m not purchased Family Homestay free range eggs before – but the passion of the woman selling them was quite encouraging!  They are farmed out Bacchus Marsh way, and there is lots of info on their website.   She highlighted some proposed changes to the free range egg farming criteria to allow a greater density of birds. I’m looking into this a bit more as well as the current trend to advertise cage-raised chickens (huh??).

I’ve mentioned before that I am concerned about the effect it could have if “Big Business” respond to consumer demands for cruelty free  / free range / organic products.  How can you maintain the current standards and supply many times more produce?  Another day; another post.

And some more Schulz’s Organic Milk and Cream; and some more fabulous “easy peel” chestnuts, the variety is Gourmet Lady.




Did you go to a Farmers’ Market today?  If you did, what did you buy?


6 thoughts on “Farmers’ Market Roundup: Gasworks

  • Hey Bex, I passed on your comments to Sarah – she blushed!

    Comment from: essjayeats

  • Vesna … recipe is here

    Comment from: essjayeats

  • how do you make nettle gnocchi

    Comment from: vesna

  • Omg.. totally check out the recipes on the Peter Schreurs & Sons website – awesome!
    Meh essjay, my blog is on old until my new laptop comes in.. so in the mean time i’m a wee embarassed by the state of it.. but can’t wait to get it going when the laptop comes!

    Comment from: Bex

  • Well, I got that lovely kale (aka. cavalo nero) which you took a photo of above. And some saltbush lamb (for roasting) with requisite rosemary. Gypsy pig pine nut and rocket sausages will make a nice winter meal one night next week. And those brussels (a smaller version of your Christmas tree) will go well with the easy peel chestnuts, and perhaps fernleigh bacon. Then some baby leeks, lovely Fuji apples, and spuds. Umm…i think that was it. No it wasn’t! I got the spuds to make nettle gnocchi.

    Comment from: mellie

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