The Southern Harvest Markets: worth the drive?
Every Saturday morning the local NSW town of Bungendore hold their Southern Harvest Farmer’s Markets. The markets have a strong focus on sustainable, authentic and regional food, grown and made by the community, for the community. Last weekend Emma de Kiefte made the 40 minute commute to Bungendore to find out whether the regional town’s Farmer’s Market is worth the drive.
Bungendore’s Southern Harvest Farmer’s Markets consisted of an odd collection of fresh produce, homemade goods, trash n’ treasure and other random bits and pieces.
The markets were what you would consider the classic ‘farmer’s market’.
Heading to the markets I expected a greater variety of fresh fruit and vegetables yet, I was left disappointed. Whether it was due to the change in seasons or the general theme of the market, there were only two stalls selling that type of fresh produce.
Additionally, what was being sold was quite small and hefty in price – three dollars for a single leek does not impress a student budget…
Despite the disappointment when it came to the fresh fruit and veg, the markets made up for what it lacked with an enormous assortment of jams, sauces and relishes, homemade baked goods, trash n’ treasure and locally grown meat.
While the products did not differ greatly from other markets that can be found right here in Canberra like the Old Bus Depot Markets and The Capital Region Farmers Markets, the drive to Bungendore is scenic as well as the town itself.
More importantly, by changing things up and making the effort to travel to Bungendore you are supporting the local region.
This is highly important as it also supports the local farmers and producers. Additionally, all funds raised on the day are put towards the restoring and maintenance of Bungendore’s 156-year-old St Mary’s Church.
The Bungendore’s Southern Harvest Market is held every Saturday from 9am till noon on Butmaroo Street. You can find out more here. Those wanting to visit the markets should also note that the rule ‘bring your own alpaca’ applies. Yes, someone brought their pet alpaca…