Every second Saturday of the month, the delightful Old McDonald playground, otherwise known as the Collingwood Children’s Farm, hosts a farmers’ market.

If you have kids, the $2 market entry fee is good value as it also permits entry to the farm, compared to the usual $8 adult and $4 kids entrance fee. If you don’t have kids, strolling around the damp field and poking your nose into fresh fruit and vegetable stalls is still a refreshing and stimulating experience if you like to eat and cook.

This week, my shopping basket included:
– brightly coloured radicchio
– tight heads of broccoli
– smooth-skinned butternut pumpkin
– dusky red d’anjou pears – I’m addicted
– fragrant young leeks
– and my favourite: a grow your own mushrooms kit with a mix of portabello and white mushrooms – ready to harvest in 3 weeks!