Out in the countryside, surrounded by eucalyptus trees, we browse, and shop.
What did we find there?
Organically grown produce...
|That's some good-looking garlic, right there.|
Herb and fruit plants...
|I persuaded my aunt to get this stevia plant. Yay! I hope it thrives in her beautiful garden.|
Handmade Turkish bowls...
|So bright, so colourful.|
|There's a bit of a hippie vibe going on in St Andrews Market, to be sure.|
|Little baked goods, catering to a variety of dietary restrictions.|
|He's having fun with it!|
Second-hand goods, vintage knick-knacks, and other trash 'n' treasures...
|I had fun browsing the various trinkets at this stall.|
What a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday!
And now, my haul.
A bag of 'pistachio date wonders' - a milky, crumbly, sugary shortbread-style biscuit encasing the hidden prize of a pitted date within.
|Pistachio date wonders.|
Stuff that could come in handy for the kitchen, and for food photography. A vintage Grosvenor silver thingamajig, tarnished yet beguiling. An Alfred Meakin plate, gracefully worn out with age. Plus, modern cupcake-style ramekins by Maxwell & Williams, with the stickers still intact.
|Vintage cutlery, vintage plate, and not-so-vintage ramekins...|
And, of course, I couldn't leave without some gourmet edible goodies. A big punnet of ruby-red raspberries, ripe and bursting with juice. A tub of raw messmate honey, strained at beehive temperature, sweet and sticky with the natural goodness of pollen, propolis and enzymes. A bottle of extra virgin olive oil, tingling with the infused flavours of wild lime and blood orange.
Yum, yum and yum.
|Organic raspberries, raw honey, and a citrussy olive oil.|
If you're interested...
St Andrews Community Market is open every Saturday (except for fire danger days) from 8am to 2pm.
Location: St Andrews town is located in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges north east of Melbourne. The market is located at the corner of Kangaroo Ground/St. Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads.
Entry price: None - free admission.