Well here is the second market that I promised.
The Rocklea Markets every Saturday 6am – 12 midday. There are hundreds of stalls selling fruit and veg, meat, poultry, seafood, spices, bread and a huge range of deli items and even some permanent stalls where you can get an early morning coffee or even stay and have breakfast. We go to this market every Saturday well I use the term we loosely as normally my fabulous husband does the early morning run before we start the Saturday morning sport run with the kids.
Our son is a regular goer with his dad and loves it. There are plenty of gluten free options here and most times you can taste most of the things before you purchase them. There is a small amount of organic products available. We find the kids will try so many more things if they can try it at the markets, and usually they will try things they wouldn’t normally at home.
The markets are generally much cheaper than fruit shops and bigger stores and the produce is mostly locally grown.
You can get a great range of fresh flowers at really reasonable prices and there are also plenty of stalls selling plants. There is a Sunday market also which don’t sell food but have a much larger range of plants, as well as new and second hand items you can explore.
I find the Rocklea Markets fantastic if you are looking at making something in bulk or if you are like me and have a menu plan for a few weeks in advance you can keep an eye for any great deals on bulk items to make, like a pasta sauce where you can pick up a case of tomatoes etc for great prices. Also in the summer they have the best trays of mangoes which are really cheap. So I alwys try to keep in mind what I am cooking for the following week and if there is anything I can make in bulk and freeze and then look for some great deals at the markets. For all of you out there that have thermomixes you can always pick up boxes of cheap fruit and freeze them for smoothies later. (stay tuned for a blog on thermomixes and I thought I should also do one on menu planning).
Be prepared, these markets are always busy and if you have little ones if you can it is much easier to leave them at home, as it is easy for them to get lost in the crowd. Also if you have a shopping trolley you can pull along that would be an advantage.
Happy Shopping Everyone.
The Joy Team xx