Sunday, 21 June 2009
Jan Power's Farmers Markets at Manly
When I realised the Markets were on at the weekend, I happily went. It had been a while since I'd visited these iconic markets run by Jan Power at Manly. I didn't have a lot of time to spend there, and I juggled a camera, a bag for my purchases and an umbrella, for it was spitting with rain. Not heavy, but threatening. I'd have liked to have more time to spend there, but perhaps a day with better weather will be best.
I hadn't been there five minutes before I bumped into someone from the writers group - someone I had not seen for a while, so we chatted for a short time.
I had come to buy some things - especially the anchovy filled olives, and I found them easily. I was surprised to learn that these huge olives actually came direct from Greece - where I was told the best olives in the world are grown. It is probably true - there's certainly a long history of olives there. Great Olives at Yianni's.
Next I bought some mushrooms. I've been looking out for the small mushrooms I enjoyed in Korea, and have not seen them here in Australia,but I was pleased to see them on a poster promoting the various varieties of mushrooms available in Australia. I will keep looking out for them - perhaps they are seasonal. There were several muso's playing to keep the crowd happy - quite unusual performers too. Great stuff. I had a good look at the other stalls - and planned to come back with more funds next time.