Saturday, September 7, 2013

The abundance of spring at Saturday markets

Poppies at Orange Grove markets

Amazing weather this time of year. I know it will probably get cold again but it feels like summer already. Perhaps I've just forgotten how hot is gets.  There's no better place to feel the abundance of spring than at farmers' markets. We are lucky to live very close to the Orange Grove Markets held each Saturday morning.

The fresh produce is amazing.
I just wanted to share these iPhone snaps with you. If you are still buying your fruit and veggies at supermarkets, why not try getting to a local farmers' market next time. You will be surprised at the variety and quality - and prices.

Flowers at Orange Grove markets

Flowers at Orange Grove markets

Fresh Vegetables at Orange Grove markets

Heirloom carrots at Orange Grove markets

Each week we buy our weekly fruit and vegetables, some heritage chicken eggs to supplement our own chickens produce, sourdough bread, goats curd, a bunch of flowers and herbs. We also often buy really good quality meat. And usually a Turkish gozleme but we've wined and dined so much this week that we didn't buy it this morning! We had some wonderful friends stay as they waited for their car to be imported. They have set off on a year long adventure driving from Sydney overland (and a few boats) across Asia, Russia and Europe. This is our same friend who climbed Mount Everest and the other of the 7 Peaks (the highest mountains of each continent). They are also travelling to the seven lows. They'll go to Lake Eyre while here in Australia. Talk about interesting people. We've had a blast of a week but I'm totally trashed now!

Lilyfield Life French sideboard

The flowers look beautiful on my sideboard.
Just a whisper of pink.

Been to any good markets today?
What did you buy?

Wishing you a lovely weekend!
Fiona xx

15 comments:

  1. love love love the fruit and flowers...went to Yandina markets today and bought a pink daisy plant and some Limes....off to make a key lime tart...gotta love Saturday markets.
    Bec x

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    1. Hi Bec, Saturday markets are just wonderful. Actually I pretty much love all markets! Hope your key lime pie was delicious!

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  2. wow those markets look amazing, wish we had decent ones like that here! The shot with the lavender in it is my favourite...I've given up on growing lavender here, it just goes messy and straggly . I pulled it all out a few weeks ago and planed gardenias in their place, they will make a lovely short hedge underneath my iceberg roses (I hope!)

    xx Karen

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    1. The orange grove markets just keep getting better and better Karen. Next time you are in Sydney, come with me. Lavender is hard for me to grow also. I have some in a pot by my front door. It was doing terrible but is much improved now I've started watering it regularly!. Love gardenias also. Good luck with it.

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  3. Wow. What a stunning market!! I'm hoping to get to my favourite country market tomorrow for some of the same. Your Lavender is wonderful, Fiona.
    Ness xx

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    1. Thanks Ness, hope you found some lovely goodies at your market today!

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  4. Poppies are one of my favorites so I'm feeling a little jealous over here on the other side of the equator!

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    1. I'll make sure I post lots of photos of poppies to help get your through the winter!

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  5. What a stunning array of colors! I don't mind Fall in the states, but I'm not a fan of Winter. I'll be a little jealous for the next few months reading your blog as you enter into Spring/Summer and we roll into Winter..Ug! :) But it won't stop me from stopping by to check out every new post from you! :)
    Robin

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    1. Fiona, thanks for the beautiful flowers. We have had some stunning weather here in Sydney and I look forward to popping in to orange grove markets in the next few weeks if I get time. Love your blog, I look forward to reading it everyday after work. Thank you! :)

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    2. Thanks Robin, you are so kind. Stay tuned for lots of beach photos. Sending some sunshine your way

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    3. Hi Julie, enjoy the markets. We go every weekend and can't get enough!
      Thanks so much for the kind words about my log. I really appreciate that!
      Fiona x

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  6. Just beautiful! Drooling over those lovely veggies too!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, we have been having green juice every morning and veggie soup for dinner. Delicious!

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  7. Gorgeous looking flowers and fruit/veg. We were up in Noosa on the weekend, and popped into the markets there held every Saturday. Well, the food was amazing - we had LOTS of pastries from a gorgeous little French bakery called French Sin, all baked onsite by a French guy. Wow! Couldn't get flowers because we were camping but we bought lots of gorgeous smelling soaps instead!

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