Being fifty-something, I’m more and more interested about where my food comes from, who’s producing it and how.
As far as farmers markets go, the Inverloch Farmers Market is the duck’s guts.
The weekend before last we were invited to Inverloch to spend the weekend with my sister RH and her partner G. G’s family has a holiday house there in the seaside town and there was a weekend of good food and wine on offer.
RH and G are foodies. They love to create amazing meals from scratch, using quality products. They didn’t disappoint. From mushroom risotto to steak on the BBQ (with special house-made rub) to sticky date pudding with cardamom sauce, we were unashamedly spoiled.
But I digress.
A highlight of the weekend was the monthly Inverloch Farmers Market. What a delight! Despite the weather, there were dozens of stallholders and a fabulous village atmosphere.
Mr P quickly located the donut van and together we looped our way past growers, makers, creators and providores, all eager for a chat.
We grabbed some locally grown mushrooms and potatoes, Grey Box honey, a couple of potted chilli plants, purple (heritage) carrots, jap pumpkin, Indian-style butter sauce, duck and porcini raviolini, gnocchi and more.
We whiled away a couple of hours, savouring the sights, sounds, smells and personalities of the market.
We had a boot load of fresh goodies to bring home.
If you do decide to head to Inverloch for the market (a monthly event) leave yourself plenty of time to explore the stunning Bass Coast.
I can recommend lunch at the Red Elk Cafe.
Coffee and cake (and the view) at the RACV Inverloch Resort.
Farmers markets keep on giving, long after the experience. Since our return we’ve been eating like royalty: roasted vegies (Jamie Oliver style, you know: just mooshed up in a roasting tray with oil and herbs) and an amazing Italian Mushroom Soup (i found the recipe in Sally Wise’s Slow Cooker 2 book).
This soup is a definite winner and reheated a treat over a few days. The flavour was awesome or maybe that was down to the freshest, tastiest mushrooms I’ve ever savoured.
Here’s my house-made Italian Mushroom Soup looking as good as it tastes in one of my retro 1960s Guy Boyd ramekins.
Perfect, and totally inspired by the Inverloch Farmers Market.