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WAUCHOPE

Wauchope Showgrounds Farmers Market
Posted by on May 2, 2012

Saturday morning Denece and I had decided we would go to the farmers market at Wauchope which is approximately 40minute drive from home, so we were up bright and early and on the road.  The closer we got to Wauchope the darker the clouds became and as we arrived at the Showgrounds the flyspray like rain had begun!

Wauchope Showgrounds Farmers Market

Drizzling Rain @ Farmers Markets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning

A Spinner at Work

 

 

 

The reason we were interested in going to the markets in Wauchope was because some of Denece & Nev’s friends were going to be selling their organic oranges and organic beef there.  The oranges are beautiful and sweet, and make delicious eating!

I don’t think there were as many vendors as there would have been had it been a fine day, however we managed to bag a couple of bargains in between the showers!

I was able to get 4 of the large rubber annexe mats for $4 which I was very happy about and also a small carpet mat for the doorstep for $1.

The rotten tomatoes I had bought in Taree the day before were quickly replaced with some lovely rich red ones from Ricardoes Tomatoes.

Ricardoes Tomatoes

Ricardoes Tomatoes

 

 

These growers have been awarded the Best Tomatoes in NSW for 2009, 2010, and 2011 at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.   Ricardoes farm is a scenic 10-15 minute drive from Port Macquarie where you can pick your own strawberries and tomatoes then enjoy a coffee at their cafe.

 

 

 

I did pick up another piece of fruit that I had never seen before – see what you think it might be?

Name This Fruit!

After the markets we discovered an op-shop open in town so went for a look-see.  It was very tidy and I picked up a couple of things which will come in very handy!   We were then told there was another op-shop just down the road so we skittled down there and I got myself a lovely Moda long-sleeved t-shirt.  Not a bad days bargain hunting!

We debated about where to go for lunch and decided on a lovely cafe in Wauchope where Denece and I had a bacon sandwich and a coffee to fill us up.

Enjoying Coffee

 

 

Then we made the most amazing discovery of our day – The Department Store!  It is part of the Hastings Co-Op and it’s a modern day Pandora’s Box.  We had a great time browsing around and although Denece showed great restraint, she did spend a few dollars!  She has of course decided she will be doing her Christmas shopping there this year!

 

At The Department Store

If you are ever in the vicinity of Wauchope I suggest you get yourself along to The Department Store – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

We arrived home just in time to find the men heading out on a firewood getting mission.  They were later than they would have liked but the morning rain had prevented them leaving any earlier.  Consequently they didn’t arrive home with an almost full trailer until dark had just set-in.

Firewood

Weary Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All things considered we had a pretty successful day!

 

 

Banana Passionfruit

Yep - Passionfruit Seeds

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2 Responses to WAUCHOPE

  1. Caravanning Around Australia

    Looks like you had a great day. I was watching a TV show about Ricardoes Tomoates a couple of days ago, sounded like an interesting place to visit along with the ‘Department Store’ you mentioned.
    Love organic fruit and vege. The banana passionfruit look yummy, did you taste some?
    Sharon

    • Jenny

      Fancy seeing them on TV! I can tell you they were very yummy and we had to eat the last of them at the ‘fruit fly’ stop off point so that we didn’t have to throw them in the bin there. I wasn’t going to waste such beautiful tomatoes.
      Yes, I did eat the banana passionfruit and it tasted milder than the usual ones – less tartiness more sweetness. Very nice and we commented they would be lovely with a pavlova.
      Cheers

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