Fresh Food at Wangara

Fresh food means different things. At Wanneroo markets, it can mean that they picked the vegetables in the last few days. Or it can mean that e.g. they bought apples from the last harvest, which could be eleven months ago.

Mural at marketsSupermarkets have been caught out selling apples that were a lot more than twelve months old as “fresh” and each time I’ve tested their eggs, they failed the freshness test. Eggs from the Wanneroo markets always passed the tests.

I suspect that the markets commissioned this mural, but there are graffiti murals scattered around the city. The artists drew them just as skillfully. The owners of the decorated buildings turn a blind eye to them because they obviously like them.

I hope there is a market for these artists. It would be a shame if you can only sell modern art created by people who can’t learn the rules of art.

At the extreme West end of the markets are two small fresh fruit and vegetable markets. One of them used to have good bargains but changed ownership recently. The other has some good stuff, but it is difficult to squeeze past other shoppers in the constricted passageways.


strawberriesMain fruit and vegetable marketOn the right you can see the biggest of the food markets. You can see by the way the lights diminish into the distance how big it really is. However, most of the produce appears more than once in the store.

On the Left is a bargain strawberry display in the lane-way outside of that market.

All four main markets sell eggs. I used to buy from the cheapest, but they all charge the same now. At least they are cheaper than Spud Shed, to the East of the markets.

Fresh BreadI don’t know if you consider bread to be fresh food or not, but this “Bread Expert” stall was set up recently near the largest fruit and vegetable market. The lady is always cheerful, making you want to buy from her. You can see some of the breads at

Organic food shopMoving South down the corridor, then turning left towards the East we come to the Little Big Store.

This is an organic food shop. It’s very much smaller than the other food markets.

The prices are higher, as is usual for organic produce. However, it is possible that prices are comparable with those for the non-organic produce in the supermarkets.

Taro and red capsickmQueen’s fruit and vegetable market is the last one – just to the East of the main markets. The red capsicums caught my attention, but you can see a tray full of taro in the lower right hand corner.

I still buy my eggs there, because they were the cheapest for years. Now they charge the same as the other markets.

Often I can get bargain fruit here that has reached its use-by date. I can buy a whole tray full of persimmons for $2 for instance. Persimmons are meant to be so ripe that they are almost falling to bits – but a week later they will be unsalable. So I take home the tray, remove any green bits where the fruit joined the stalk then I blend them – skin and all. The pulp then goes into the freezer in small containers.

Bananas are most tasty when the skins are almost black. That is too late to sell them. So there are occasional trays of bananas going for a dollar or two. Yummy!

The best time for shopping is at about 4pm on the last day that they open for the weekend. Stallholders don’t want to have to throw out what is left. So they bring down the food prices. I’ve always gone earlier, but I might reconsider.

I do all my weekend shopping for fruit and vegetables at Wanneroo markets because the are an easy walk up Prindiville Drive from the bus stop on Wanneroo Road.

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