This is part two of my visit to the Yarra Valley as a guest of the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group. It involves Shannon Bennet in a red helicopter, life-changing wine, expansive vistas and doughnuts.
I love visiting gorgeous farmers markets in and around Melbourne. I recently posted a list of my favourite markets in my local area. Now I have a new one to add. The original Granddaddy of all markets (and still as fresh as ever) the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers Market.
Held in the grounds of beautiful Yering Station, and partially housed in a large barn to make it all-weather friendly, this market has a great selection of local products and produce. It is also extremely picturesque and you will love wandering around the property and just taking in those gorgeous views.
All the goods on sale at the market are from members of the Yarra Valley Regional Food group. Buying from the Yarra Valley Farmers Market is a great way to ensure you are buying great, seasonal, local food. It also supports your local farmers.
The Yarra Valley Food group has more than 100 members. You can pop over to their website to find a list of stall holders and see what is on offer at the market.
I really liked the look of the Jam Lady Jams, made in nearby Healesville. These are made with no additives or preservatives, just local fruit and sugar.
Varieties include apricot cardamom, white peach & gin, fig & early grey and spiced syrian figs. You will have to visit her stall to see what is in season. Yum!
The last of this seasons organic and local garlic was plaited to perfection.
I also loved the Luxe Glow bars which were gluten free. Paleo, vegetarian and fructose free options are also available. The G.Luxe website is worth a visit to find out more about this great local product.
There was also an impressive display of cakes, bread, pasties, meringues and other sweet treats on offer.
After wandering through the busy market you can enjoy the beautiful grounds at Yering Station or head over for tasting at the cellar door. There is also a stunning restaurant on the property and the less formal Matt’s Bar. Matt’s Bar boasts a roof top terrace where you can catch some sunshine and take in the gorgeous view.
I was lucky enough to enjoy a private wine tasting at the Yering Station cellar door. I enjoyed the Estate Grown and Reserve Chardonnay, I absolutely loved the Pinot Noir Reserve and I was promised that a taste of the Shiraz Viognier would change my life.
Did it change my life? Well I would hate to spoil the surprise…. so you will just have to give it a try yourself. 😉
I also had a lovely look around the Yering Station gift shop where I could have happily gotten lost. A great place to fill a Christmas stocking for a loved one I think.
This was about the time that Shannon Bennett arrived via helicopter. It was red. Makes it go faster I assume.
The Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers Market is held on the third Sunday of every month from, 9am to 2pm. It is a great market to visit to buy local fruit, vegetables, breads, and treats. Maybe just go along and see what is in Season and be inspired by the local produce to try something new in the kitchen.
A visit to the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers Market also makes for a great excuse to have a day out in the Yarra Valley. Bring a picnic, or maybe just bring a basket and fill it with goodies from the market. A bottle of wine from Yering Station should just about round out your picnic to perfection.
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