|Red Dragonfruit and Custard Apples in the background|
There is no shortage of signage at Rusty's market.
Whenever we are visiting the Far North Queensland city of Cairns, a visit to the Rusty's market is a must for me. This market is in the Cairns city heart, and very easily accessible from Sheridan Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Cairns. The market runs from Friday to Sunday every week and offers a wonderful venue for local producers from Innisfail, south of Cairns, right up to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands to sell their local produce, handicrafts, breads and much more each week. What I love about Rusty's is that whilst it starts early each morning, it also finishes later in the afternoon, which means unlike a lot of smaller regional centre markets, it's not essential to do your market shopping early in the morning if not convenient. It is also within walking distance of most of the inner-city accommodation for the tourist.
I found that there are bargains to be had on Sunday. By then, the stall holders are over it, particularly after a busy Easter when the weather is still very warm. They just want to sell everything off and pack up and go home. Three Shepard avocadoes for $1.00 a bag, amazing. There's no air-conditioning in these markets which is quite normal, and it's still unseasonably warm at this time of year, so even though the early bird probably does catch the worm, it's also much cooler if you do get there early. Whilst I'm not a local to Cairns, I always try to find the local farmer's stalls, which isn't difficult. There are also stallholders who buy produce up from around Bundaberg and Brisbane, but I think buying their produce defeats the purpose of shopping at a local Farmer's Market. This is without a doubt, the most economical way to shop for fresh produce in Cairns, and also has the best variety available.
|Oops, should be spelled Longans, who cares, it's the fruit that counts.|
|Baked Okra and Eggplant. Yum.|
|Homemade Passionfruit curd|
An interesting variety of locally grown Organic Gourmet mushrooms.
Who needs to travel to France for delicious pastries and Gallett? Oh well, I'm going anyway.