In November I visited Perth, capital of Western Australia, to attend a food blogging conference, ‘Eat. Drink. Blog.’ The conference was held at Perth City Farm, on the edge of the CBD in East Perth. City Farm was once a scrap metal and battery recycling plant and there’s still an edgy industrial feel suggested by the two sheds that remain. The plant is now closed and the land repatriated for a second life as an urban farm.
On Saturdays mornings, a small Organic Farmer’s Market is set up in the courtyard around the ornamental vegetable garden and under the eves of the sheds. One lucky stall holder set up under the shade of the large mulberry tree. The philosophy behind the market is to support local organic and bio dynamic growers and producers to sell their products directly to the Perth community. In addition, the City Farm itself has its own stall.
Items on sale are decidedly ‘rustic’. Breads are crusty and substantial, jam and unrefined honey is sold in mismatched jars and the produce has all the lumps and bumps you’d expect of fruit and vegetables grown without pesticides. Just like your own garden, there are gluts of some items (lots of leafy greens and an abundance of artichokes on the day I visited) and odds and ends of others. It’s true seasonality. Of course, WA is a big state that’s a long way from the East Coast so there was some surprising local produce. I didn’t know that apples were grown in WA let alone that it’s actually where Pink Lady Apples originally came from.
This is a relaxed and very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning. If you’re from Perth and you haven’t visited – shame on you! For the rest, it’s very easy to fit this into your schedule when you visit Westralia.
Perth City Farm
1 City Farm Place (off Lime St)
East Perth WA 6004
You can walk to the markets from the CBD (approx 10 mins) or catch the free regular Yellow City Cat bus that stops at the markets.