Lovers of fine foods will be pleasantly surprised by the EQ’s fresh produce market, held each Wednesday and Saturday from 10am.
Under cover of a sail structure, the market welcomes shoppers to sample the freshest regional produce and gourmet foods. Many stallholders have been with the market since it first opened and offer the highest quality produce, including fruit and vegetables, eggs, cheese, breads, olives, nuts, chocolates, cakes and pastries.
Be greeted at the market entrance by a spectacular array of colour, courtesy of Chris May and his team at Mayfarm Flowers. With a reputation for quality, variety and value, they are justifiably proud of their stall and the number of regular customers they attract to the market each week.
Hydroponic and organic fruit and vegetables are in abundance. Meliora Farm specialises in seasonal oranges and avocadoes, with many other citrus varieties available throughout the various seasons. Helen Roche and her staff happily offer samples of the juicy apple varieties grown on her Adelong farm, along with her seasonally available cherries and stone fruits.
Be sure to sample Mon Fromage local specialty cheeses or Formaggio Ocello’s selection of imported cheeses, sourced from all regions of Italy. David Borg, resident goat’s cheese producer, is involved at all stages of creating his Willowbrae Chevre range.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re covered. The Strudel Baron’s mouth watering strudels, cakes and tarts will keep you coming back for more, while Albert's crepes and waffles at Le Creperie are also well worth making the trip for. Chocolate lovers can also indulge, selecting from Fare Gourmet's handmade brownies.
Bring the family for a relaxed lunch, selecting from international hot foods such as sweet and savoury crepes from Le Creperie, Chorizo rolls from Mojo Picon, Turkish Gozleme or Ethiopian pancakes.
No market trip is complete without a great coffee and two of the best are on offer at the EQ. Local company Toby’s Estate is fast gaining a reputation for their smooth blends, while Ivan and Linda at Café East Timor are always ready with a smile and great cup of their Fair Trade 3 Amigos blend.
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