We just came back from visiting the new Canterbury Markets. I think this is only the second week since the markets started.
The bulk of the stalls are food-orientated, though there was some jewelry, clothing & fresh flowers. There were also jumping castles & miniature horse rides for the kids.
Today there were at least 15 stalls offering a variety cooked food from sweets to paella to Vietnamese & Chilean street food as examples. For me it was the fresh fruit & vegetables that was the attraction. There are organic only and/or produce from a variety of farms from the Liverpool region, Orange & Tamworth. Also selling was grain fed meat, & fish, plus loads of honey.
What I particularly liked was that prices were displayed & I think they are comparable to the supermarkets. As I write I am eating a gorgeous juicy unwaxed apple picked from the tree yesterday. Eating it reminds me of apples from my childhood.
Another reason why I wanted to go was to look at the trees on site. I have driven past the racecourse & even ridden past it along the river, always wanting to have a closer look at the trees. There are many large Eucalypts, some special figs trees, lots of mature Queensland Brushbox & palms.
Because of the trees there were birds everywhere. I was fortunate to see a family of Galahs loudly eating from a palm tree. The fledgling was still being fed & was quite clumsy getting around the tree.
Birds in Backyards says the following about Galahs – “Galahs form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies. The nest is a tree hollow or similar location, lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the young. There is high chick mortality in Galahs, with up to 50 % of chicks dying in the first six months.”
Canterbury Markets –
WHEN: Every Sunday
WHERE: Canterbury Racecourse
PARKING: Masses of free parking onsite, enter King Street.
TIME: 9am – 2pm.