I love any food markets really, but I do find in the city they are always a bit overpriced. Head to the regions however and this all changes – everything is well priced and the quality makes me green with envy for the locals who get to do all their provenance there!
On a recent trip to South Australia’s Barossa Valley I was taken on a guided tour of the local Barossa Farmer’s Market and they were definitely not a disappointment! I started the trip with the local delicacy – Schultz bacon with local organic egg and homemade chutneys in a roll, accompanied by local coffee from the local roaster.
For those who, like me, have a creepy cooking crush on Maggie Beer, will be pleased to see her daughter Saskia Beer working the markets with her vacuum packed marinated chicken and pheasants, lacshinken (cured pork), charcuterie, relishes and salads. I tried her melt in your mouth Moroccan Spiced Chicken Confit…wow!
I love dried fruit and the little Barossa town of Angaston is known for producing some of the best. I visited the Trevallie Orchard stand and sampled their massive array of different style of dried apricots (which, incidentally I am eating as I write this post!). They are tangy and a beautiful balance of being juicy and chewy at the same time.
Because of the Barossa’s German and Italian heritage, there is a bucketload of cured meats, salami and smallgoods wherever you turn and locals are very specific (and one might even use the word ‘snobby’) about which producer they go for. I loved the mettwurst when I was there, happily trying any brand that was put in front of me. Steinys are the lucky salamists that grace the markets and theirs is flavour packed!
Other stalls I enjoyed were Scullery Made Tea, Turners Pure Honey, Smallfry Wines and their verjuice, Waechters Dux and the older lady selling her cakes and jams who said she had been in the CWA for over 60 years…you do the math!
The Barossa Valley Farmer’s Market is on every Saturday from 7:30am – 11:30am at the corner of Nurioopta and Stockwell Rds, Angaston.