I have been wanting to go to the Farmers Market at the new venue underneath the windmills at the Cobb and Co Museum since it moved from the showgrounds... so today was the day. After our much warmer than usual autumn it was back to our typical weather today and was cold and windy which was a bit of a shock and I had to scramble to dig out some warm clothes which were packed away. My friend and I bought some veggies before heading to the coffee shop to warm up. A forum was held before the market finished about the current dairy farmers' crisis . There is some info about that on 4 Real Milk. It is amazing to see consumers getting behind the dairy farmers by not buying the $1 a litre milk when you visit the supermarket. Anyway back to the market.
I was greeted by line dancing as I walked in which quite surprised me as I didn't realise people did line dancing anymore. It was hugely popular many years ago.
While I was taking a photo someone else was taking a video which you can view if you scroll down the page here . I watched it the whole way through in case I ended up being in it :-)
Of particular interest to me was the soap made by Petra Kalinin from Enchanted Essence. We had a chat about soap and how expensive it was to pay for insurance and to register with NICNAS in order to be able to sell soap at markets, etc. I mentioned that there was a need for somewhere to buy soap supplies from locally for those who liked to make their own soap and she said she was willing to order for me and then I wouldn't have delivery fees so I might take her up on that in future. If anyone else is interested let me know.
Her soap didn't look like mine. LOL! This is my latest experiment which I will do a post on next week. I had goats milk to use up and also some Carotino oil which has been sitting in the cupboard for some time. Its use is controversial so I will bring up the subject of using palm oil soon and get your opinion. Anyway, the soap was a creamy colour in the morning with a blue base from the ultramarine I am trying to use up and by the afternoon it was turning yellow ;-) I always enjoy seeing the changes that come about when making soap.
The cold weather has also brought about changes to my Gertrude sourdough starter which bubbled up quite nicely when I fed her but I had trouble with the dough rising on a cool day which probably wasn't helped by me taking it out of the bowl I had it in when it started rising and putting it into a larger bowl in case it overflowed overnight...not a chance of that obviously. So it is back to the drawing board for the next lot of baking as I think our warm days have gone now until spring arrives...but I might be wrong as who knows what kind of weather we are going to have these days as it is all over the place and unpredictable.
Actually while at the market I saw some sourdough at The Baker's Duck who I have never heard of before but apparently they are opening for retail on Saturdays from 7am to 4pm at 1/55 Bellevue Street so I am going to buy myself some sourdough (which I think is $8) and compare it with mine so that I can get a better idea of what it is supposed to look and taste like when made by the professionals.
Now I think I will go and climb under the doona which I just unearthed. Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!