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Rod and Meg Blake at Veg Out Farmers' Market

Time Out Says

The volunteer-run Veg Out Community Garden's farmers' market, open the first Saturday of each month, overflows with local organic produce, jams and preserves, handmade bread and sundry delights to fill up your basket.

This blue-eyed bloke's name is Rod Blake, but his customers know him as Blakey. On any given Veg Out Saturday market, you'll find him swapping stories with a young couple while weighing bendy zucchinis, or talking footy with the 10-year-old son of a long-term customer.

"Nearly everything here – kale, capsicum, gem squash – were all picked yesterday," explains Blakey.

Along with his wife Meg, Blakey's been growing organic produce at their Grampians farm for over two decades, ever since he parted ways with pesticides ("nasties!").

At 10am, the Bellellen Grampians Organics stall is buzzing over the sound of a busker playing acoustic guitar. Stocks are depleting, but the two never falter in their back-and-forth energy and banter, despite getting up at 1am.

"I'm staying in Melbourne tonight because I've got a little party to go to!"


Peanut Farm Reserve
Peanut Farm Reserve
Chaucer Street
St Kilda

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