I’m not having a good time in Canberra right now and I can list about 100 places I’d rather be living than here right now. But I’m trying to be nice. One of Canberra’s redeeming features is its farmers markets. The produce is fantastic, just beautiful quality and a lot of it is local. It is so much better than the quality in Coles or Woolworths, and usually cheaper too.
My favourite farmers market is at EPIC on Saturdays, the Capital Region Farmers Market. There’s a great range of fruits, veggies and fresh herbs, as well as artisan smallgoods, cheeses, olives, dips, breads, juices, oils, spice mixes, sauces and more. I can’t afford the yuppie stuff at the moment, but the fruit and veg is affordable and good quality. It all wraps up by 11/11.30am, but it is totally worth getting up early on a Saturday to get out there… it gets pretty busy though.
Another market that I have discovered is the Fyshwick Fresh Food Market on Canberra’s Southside, which is open Thursday to Sunday each week. Once again, a great range of produce, as well as delis and bakeries… and an excellent Asian food store with HEAPS of Indonesian cooking supplies and even some American candy. I’d totally recommend it. There’s a great bakery out there that does lamb, rosemary and merlot pies… super tasty!
Also, the Old Bus Depot Markets, once again on the Southside on a Sunday, have some lovely baked goods and international food… quite a few taste test opportunities as well for poor persons like myself.