September saw the launch of a brand new farmers market in the northern suburb of Tapping. The St Stephen’s Community Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am to 12pm and has a wide variety of stalls, food, drinks and entertainment.
Many of the vendors are rotating so there is something different to check out each week. The weather wasn’t brilliant for the first few weeks but the support from the community has still been fantastic and last week when we popped by at 11:30 practically all the treats we were planning on buying had been sold out – so if you want to see everything, make sure you visit earlier in the morning.
The regulars are the fruit and veg stall holders, who are all local growers, so you won’t get any fruit and veg as fresh as this. They have a wonderful variety of produce and this includes less common things like purple broccoli, purple snow peas and amazing artichokes. I love that some of the fruit is spray and wax free too! There is also an organic fruit and veg stall too for those who prefer organic.
Stalls cover everything you can imagine from raw honey from Honey I’m Home, olive oils from Guinea Grove Farm, WA grown pistachios, delicious cupcakes, hand-knitted baby clothes, raw bliss balls, organic and natural soaps and cleaning products, truffle chocolates, fresh flowers from the Swan Valley Flower Farm to treats for our animal friends from Woof Meow Squeak Tweet.
Stall holders rotate so make sure you keep coming back as you never know what you will find. The first week of the market there was an authentic Italian handmade pasta stall and they were making the pasta right there on site – we got some green pesto tagliatelle which was amazing!
When it comes to food there are so many options, from German bratwurst to wood fired pizzas made on the spot, Moroccan baked eggs, Spanish paella and even bunny chow and chutney chicken from Pepper Steak Tree, a South African food truck who made their first appearance on 26 September! There are also some coffee stalls, a frozen yoghurt truck and The Juicist too! The only thing missing is Robyn Mentzel’s famous milk tart (come on Robyn sort it out!).
I had a chat with Michelle and Peter from the Pepper Steak Tree food truck and they told me they only started the business a few months ago. They are from Johannesburg and have been in Australia for 6 years, 4 on the Gold Coast and now 2 in Perth. Michelle has always been a foodie and a few months ago they decided to make a go of it and launched Pepper Steak Tree. While the food has a distinct South African flavour, they aren’t narrowing their target market to just South Africans in Perth.
They find Australians have been extremely receptive to their style of food and their best seller is definitely their Pepper Steak (as per the name!). They will be appearing regularly at markets across Perth as well as at one off events and festivals across the city over the next few months so keep your eyes peeled at any events you go to over the next few months and pop over to support them!
They are at the Monday night Beaufort Street markets in Inglewood and at Food on The Move in Mirrabooka Town Square on Tuesday and Friday lunch times and Thursday evenings. They will also be at the Perth Zombie Walk in October which looks like a heap of fun!
So if you are near Tapping, or even if you aren’t, you should definitely pop down and check out St Stephen’s Community Farmers Market! These markets only survive when enough people show their support, so let’s keep this one alive!
Have you been to the St Stephen’s Community Farmers Market yet? What did you think?