TO MARKET, TO MARKET

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By Jo Rittey

 

Do you know when plums are at their best? What about when broad beans are in season? If you answered yes to these questions and could provide an answer, you are among a minority.

 

The idea that we can have access to everything all the time is not only a phenomenon in terms of online information, it is becoming increasingly the norm in supermarket produce sections.

 

But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should, or that it’s good for us. Flavour, environmental factors and what our bodies actually need in a particular season are all compelling reasons to learn more about the food that is season and grown locally.

 

To market, to market Jo Rittey

 

Autumn produce in Victoria:

Apples, beans, beetroot, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chillies, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapefruit, grapes, leeks, lettuce, mandarins (imperial), melons, onions, oranges (valencia), parsley, parsnips, pears, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini

 

We are lucky in Victoria because of the abundance and availability of good food. And, in the Northside, we are even luckier. There are some great markets on at the weekends and they are just a bike ride away.

 

Carlton Farmers’ Market

Carlton Primary School, cnr. Palmerston  and Rathsdowne Streets

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 8am-1pm

 

Coburg Farmers’ Market

Coburg Primary School. 180 O’Hea Street

2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8am-1pm

 

Collingwood Children’s Farm

18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

2nd Saturday, 8am-1pm

 

Gleadell Street Market

Gleadell Street, Richmond

Every Saturday except Easter Saturday, 7am-1pm

 

Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market

Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street

4th Saturday, 8am-1pm

 

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