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Local Hero: Subiaco Markets

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Subi Farmers Market FARMERS MARKETS ARE special undergoes some renovations. Market is a thriving hub of places in communities. They provide a place for farmers and manager Anna Capelletta tells me that all stallholders, growers, or local producers every food producers to sell farm-to-fork directly to customers. It supports makers must be from WA to ensure all produce and items support local Saturday. the economy of local communities organisations, and the market donates Sloane Carvell as well as educating customers with most stall holders and farmers able to regularly to Subiaco Primary School in its support of the community. (and Chorizo the discuss produce, how its grown and With fresh eggs, bread, butter, sausage dog) went its preparation. Produce is typically seasonal and organic, supporting our fruit and vegetables, meats, and fish, you can fill your basket with seasonal along to try some of the health. They are also always a great place to meet and chat with members produce, straight from the producers. Four-legged friends are also welcome – fare on offer. of the community, as I discovered one a big plus for Chorizo and I. sunny Saturday recently. The Subi Farmers Market is held The Little Big Store every Saturday morning and has The Little Big Store works with temporarily moved from Subiaco Western Australian biodynamic Primary School to the Earthwise and organic farmers to source the Community Centre while the school freshest seasonal produce for you

MARKET MATES Subi Farmers Markets is a bustling hot spot of local artisans and producers, including Vin, below, who sharpens knives and The Fisho, left.

direct from the farm, with produce coming from areas like Muchea and the south west's local farmers. Owner Ben can help you find some great ingredients to cook up a feast. When I visit, the stall is heaving with fresh fruit and vegetables, I buy some fresh fennel at his recommendation and rhubarb for dinner that night. They also offer delivery of fresh organic fruit and vegetables to your door through their website.

Stakehill Produce Stakehill Produce is a family-owned farm in Baldivis, specialising in vineripened hydroponic tomatoes. They also provide some produce from other local farmers. You’ve never seen tomatoes this glorious, picked fresh for the market. Stallholder Stuart shares his tips for keeping his tomatoes fresh and fragrant when you get them home - just put them in a fruit bowl or the fridge.

Pretty Sharp Knife Sharpening Services My favourite thing about community markets is the people you meet, and Vin from Pretty Sharp Knife Sharpening Services is one local hero you won’t forget. Vin started out as a butcher and has been around knives since 1965. If you have forgotten to sharpen your knives you can give them to Vin to make cooking a breeze. He tells me every knife has a story. Make sure you pop by and say hello to him, have a yarn and don’t forget to bring your kitchen knives to get them sharpened for all the veggies and meat you will undoubtedly buy.

The Fisho Michael - or Mr Fisho as I called him - can tell you a thing or two about fish. He is passionate about seafood and has a vast knowledge to share with you. All fish is caught in Australian waters, arrives within a day of being caught and is fresh or snap-frozen as soon as its caught. Mr Fisho has a huge range and the day I visit, there were emperor and snapper fillets, cod, salmon, barramundi, and even Leeuwin Coast akoya.

Devoted Artisan Butter Paul has recently taken over Devoted

Two Lost Pilots is the brainchild of two airmen - Brad and Brett . . .

Artisan Butter which is known for its traditional techniques of churning, massaging and hand-shaping small batch butter made in Jandakot from local WA cream and ingredients. With a variety of butters made with ingredients like lemon myrtle and seaweed, it will elevate your bread and baking. They have recently introduced their freshly churned buttermilk too in a one litre bottle – perfect for buttermilk fried chicken.

Loving Pantry Loving Pantry makes homemade granola with quality ingredients to nourish you. It's refined sugar-free and they create vegan and gluten-free options too. Their stall also has acai smoothie bowls and fresh porridge so you can pick up your brekky while you browse the markets.

Barkday Pawty Don't forget your four-legged members when you’re at the market - just make sure you head to Barkday Pawty. They have homemade treats for your dogs, who are welcome at the market. With doggie donuts and a plethora of dog chews and treats, no-pawdy will be disappointed.

Tom the Greek The amazing fresh spinach and feta spanakopita at Tom the Greek’s stall are as authentic an experience as you can get without actually going to Greece. Chuck in a chat with Fanouris, the stall holder, and I'm in heaven. There’s a selection of sweet and savoury food, including baklava and beautiful pastelli made by Fanouris himself. They might be hard to pronounce but they're pretty delicious to eat.

Louis Boeglin Patisserie As good as they look, Louis’ beautiful creations are handmade using the finest local produce. Louis has

worked in prestigious restaurants all over Europe developing techniques and mastering flavours. He tells me he is making his selections of cakes and pastries until the early hours of the morning before the market, so they are fresh for you to buy. The lemon meringue tart is to die-for, and there are gorgeous choux caramel and cheesecakes.

Two Lost Pilots Two Lost Pilots is the brainchild of two airmen - Brad, an international pilot, and Brett, a domestic pilot - who were grounded during the Covid pandemic. As everybody knows, chocolate fixes everything, and so Two Lost Pilots small batch bean to bar chocolate was born. With beans sourced currently from the Solomon Islands and Samoa and hopes to expand their new venture, these clever guys are roasting and winnowing to make delicious chocolate to satisfy sweet cravings with an online store opening soon.

MARVELLOUS MARKET Above, doggy treats a-plenty at Barkday Pawty. Below, Louis Boeglin's fancy cakes. Opposite, you can feast your way around the Subi Farmers Markets - and around the world. Hand-picked luxury shoes and accessories | Fashion styling

BOUTIQUE: 391 Hay Street, Subiaco (08) 9380 9230