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Ubud Markets and Christmas

The old markets in the main street in Ubud have recently been given a facelift , a refurbishment, but they still hold the biggest space and biggest cross section of produce and trinkets in Ubud . Its worth getting there early before the day trippers from the coast arrive, in their hordes
At the main crossroads you'll find the multi-storey Ubud market, a bustling maze of stalls and shops that sell everything from paperclips and papayas to saffron and sarongs. Mornings are the best time to catch the market buzz, as locals buy all the components for the daily meal and daily offerings. Afternoons are calmer, but hotter. The "official' market day for Ubud falls on "Pasah" which occurs every three days. Check a Balinese calendar.They are on every day however (except Nyepi day & Gulungan )
I was looking for some of the organic markets, and the websites would have one believe they are big & bold. Maybe it was because we were there this time in the middle of the major celebratory religious holiday of Gulungan, but the number of stalls at the Ubud Organic Markets was disappointing. Possibly 4 stalls in total, but a good walk to explore the end of Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Nu Kuning where this market resides in the grounds of Warung Sopa.
The other Farmers Market ( that wasn't open during Gulungan & Kulingan) is the Baliwood Farmers market over in Penastanan
There was a really good mobile market truck parked (seems to be there always) just around from the main Ubud Market, on Jalan Wedari which appeared really popular with the Warung owners who were buying there instead of the main markets.
We got some really good greens and fresh fruits from this source. Its a popular street as it is home to the best coffee in Ubud, Seniman, and if you want a coffee experience you must visit Seniman. Coffee by the way is something that has seen a huge growth in what is being offered with places like Anomali, Cafe Vespa & Kue (both in Penastanan ) and Seniman now has the Coffee Studio running workshops !!. There is Oops, Kue . and even Nirvana Villas do a great coffee. Its changing daily. Luwak coffee is still promoted as the real thing but the selection of local coffees from various regions around Indonesia is outstanding in quality and choice. Seniman are about to launch their website, up until now its been social media driven, http://senimancoffee.com/
Ubud was a nice place to be over Christmas, peaceful, and lots of places to explore, we went back to many of our favorites like Sari Organic out on the rice paddies, sawah,s, Warung Mendez, Seniman, found a great French Patisserie with sensational breads, Kue, with 2 outlets, one near where we stayed in Penestanan , the other in the main part of Ubud, ( where they do their baking) . Staying in Penestanan is such a good location to all that the region of Ubud offers, and we stated at a little villa called Kembali, part of a small group of privately owned villas called of course Private Ubud Villa's.

Posted by Bruco 19:04 Archived in Indonesia Tagged markets bali in restaurants coffee ubud organic produce. Comments (0)

Old Bus Depot Markets Canberra

Good Local farmers markets in the Australian Capital City

Canberra has 2 good markets on Sunday The Southside Farmers Market, which draws awide range of local food producers and artisan produce, and is purely food & beverage http://www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market
.Located in the outer suburb of Phillip and open 8am to 11am, it will require a cab fare if you are staying in the city.
This trip i didn't have the time opting instead to cycle to the closer Old Bus Depot Markets. http://obdm.com.au/stallholder_categories/delectable-food/The journey on bike is easy around this city of lakeside pathways and beautiful gardens http://obdm.com.au
These markets are made up of two sections with about 30 local food producers from the region as far afield as the coast with fresh oysters from Eden.
Perfect to pickup ingredients for BBQ or picnic , i was expecting more, and i suspect the locals who with vehicles probably go to the Farmers Market to get their weekly fix. They were good without being spectacular, and only had one of each product . My benchmark is always cheese and bread and there were both but only one of each. The local Honey producer was exceptional
There were actually 2 artisan bread producers so i stand corrected
With all the wine being produced in the region i would have thought there would have been a few there especially with Christmas round the corner
Wish i had had time to see the Farmers Market. Next time, as i say, always have or make a reason to come back.

Posted by Bruco 04:08 Archived in Australia Tagged food markets local farmers canberra produce Comments (0)

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