A small section of the stalls at the new Canterbury Markets. Nice Fig trees in the background.

A small section of the stalls at the new Canterbury Markets. Nice Fig trees in the background.

A beautiful Fig tree just inside the grounds.  A jumping castle is on the right.

A beautiful Fig tree just inside the grounds. A jumping castle is on the right.

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.

The fledgling being fed.

The fledgling being fed.

The fledgling being clumsy.  Getting around this tree caused a lot of wing flapping.

The fledgling being clumsy. Getting around this tree caused a lot of wing flapping.

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