Each Saturday morning I like to visit the local farmers market. If I’m honest, my main motivation is coffee and Szechuan dumplings for breakfast. Once I am there though, it’s impossible to ignore the cornucopia of local, seasonal produce or not to think about the meals that I could make.
As spring has just recently hit the markets have become much more colourful. Stalls of bright lemons and oranges sit beside leafy Asian greens and herbs. For the carnivores amongst you, I challenge you to ignore the Agonis Ridge organic lamb, Leeuwin Grassfed beef smoky bacon from the farm shop. More often than not I walk home with a much heavier bag than I’d expected to carry.
It doesn’t stop there, you can pick up goats cheese, woodfired bread, fresh local honey or even something sweet. You can choose cakes, pastries or even raw food balls from a variety of producers. On my last visit I bought a bag of hazelnut, cinnamon and meringue clusters from Claudio Biscotti.
It’s not just the markets that are buzzing with activity this time of year. The wildflowers are blooming and the pastures are lush and green. There are more surfers are braving the chill at Surfers’ Point as the days get longer. There are mushrooms in the karri forests and each day I am seeing more of the superb blue fairy wrens and hearing their beautiful songs. There is a feeling in the air. It’s as though everything is waking up from the cold winter sleep. I can even see some green shoots appearing on the vines.
My point is this: spring has sprung. The sun has come out again. Come on down and see why I choose to call Margaret River home. It’s a special place with so much to offer from food and wine to caves, forests and beaches. Right now is the perfect time to take it all in with sunny skies but still enjoy a crackling fire in the evening.