One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning is grab my trusty trolley and head to the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. It has become an important ritual and each visit is a reminder of just how special eating seasonally can be. I have my secret parking space, my routine on arrival and my favourite stalls. I take the time to wander, taking it all in and checking out the variety available – who has the best looking broccoli? what is going on in the test kitchen today? do I really need another pot of herbs? what am I going to make this week?
I run into friends and family, I buy bread, eggs and honey, gorgeous flowers and luscious falafel. I chat with the producers and love to hear how passionate they are about what they do and why, I talk to them about my own vegie patch and they offer ideas and suggestions about things to try in order to get a better yield. As the year wears on the seasons change in front of my eyes; stone fruit and tomatoes make way for oranges and cabbages, soon the arrival of peas and broad beans will herald the arrival of spring and the warmer weather, which means berries, eggplants and zucchini are not far behind them.
Once I’ve done the rounds the serious business begins and I make my way to my favourite stalls to load up on produce. When I shop smart I do really well and can get a full trolley of fruit and veg for under $40 leaving some spare change for delectable treats like raw honey and macarons. A trolley load lasts Paul and I for a little over a week, which is excellent value as the produce is always at its best. When I’m done I take my trusty trolley and head home to create a delicious breakfast from freshly sourced, local produce and set about unloading my wares, cooing at the beautiful head of cauliflower I selected and thinking about what treasures I will create with them in the kitchen.