The first Saturday of every month is Mosman Market Day. Alfie and I have recently started going to these markets that are essentially arts and crafts. It works for both of us; he climbs the giant fig tree in the centre of the markets while I browse the stalls.
There is always so much to look at and there are some great buys. Last month I bought Arabella a black leather handbag for her birthday which she loves and it’s been permanently over her shoulder since she unwrapped it. But while there are lots and lots of clothing and accessory stalls together with lots of bric-a-brac stalls, this definitely isn’t a Farmers Market and I’d love to see a corner of the market space dedicated to organic produce.
However, that doesn’t mean we don’t find things to buy!
Alfie came down from the tree to have lunch from the pie stall where you can buy six sausage rolls for $5.00. The pie man sells pies in a range of flavours including rabbit and duck.
I bought lunch from the Sri Lankan stall and this stall is very popular as they have great variety and there are lots of vegetarian options.
We sat near the jazz band that was belting out (not really) mellow tones and enjoyed our lunch while listening to the wonderful music.
I bought some handmade candles. I love to have scented candles burning in my home but am quite over paying $40.00 for a candle. These soy candles are the same size and have the same presentation as the ones I’ve been buying at the shops however these cost just $15.00. I bought five of them in different scents as I think they’ll make excellent gifts and hostess gifts as the Christmas season approaches.
I also bought some smoked garlic. I’ve seen smoked garlic in a few places recently and so asked the vendor what exactly smoked garlic is and how to use it. Asking vendors questions about their products is where unlike in the supermarket, you see their faces light up. They are only too keen to tell you all about their wares and do so very enthusiastically. It’s impossible to move around the market hurriedly. The garlic is smoked over New Zealand Manuka wood which is a member of the myrtle tree and even though it is smoked, it remains raw. You use it in exactly the same way you would use ordinary garlic however the vendor says it takes mashed potato and stir-fries and salads to a new dimension.
I bought some olive oil and salad dressing. The dressing is flavoured with lemon and verjuice. Last night I poured it over a salad and it was fabulous.
One can’t leave a market without buying a treat or two so I bought some rocky road where the woman who sells it even makes her own marshmallows. I was lucky to be able to make that purchase as the woman had almost sold out by the time I arrived (lunchtime). I paid $9.00 for a large piece.
The markets are set in the Village Square and also fill the grassed area behind the Council Chambers.
It’s quite a beautiful setting with the Allan Border Oval just across the road where I noticed the cricket season is in full swing.
If you’re in the area the Mosman Markets are well worth a look despite there not being a ‘Farmers Market’ section.
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