queen victoria market, melbourne

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Fat blue pumpkins; bags of kiwis for $2; potatoes in hues I never conceived existed; red papaya; lemons the size of baseballs, honeycombs and honey, and barrels and barrels of New Zealand white; monkey bananas; dragon fruit and lychee imported from Indonesia; ripe cherries that burst in your mouth; a marbling on beef I’ve never seen; kangaroo filets marinated in red wine; bread that lacks salt but is yielding and delicate; frangipani, lavender and goat’s milk soaps, buckets of rose petals and rose heads for the hopeless romantic; plumeria and towering orchids; bok choy, verdant spinach, kale, and yes, the vile, very vile, mushroom; vintage linens and kitschy Christmas decor; wooden boomerangs and plush koala bears; Do you own a life-sized stuffed kangaroo?; petite women barking in Cantonese, as they arrange coriander and mangos much like how one would prepare a table for company; today’s specials; pineapple slices that melt, melt, baby, baby; gristle, bone, and fish with their eyes-in and bones out; American donuts that are not quite American; crates and crates and squelching tomatoes and crushed peppers discarded behind vans; a photograph of a horse I consider purchasing; a phone call to my father who says, You’re in Australia?; A stack of photographs of hands, alleyways, that horse, and roads navigated with film and a point-of-view; trading hours; French pastries that are not quite French; sacks of quinoa and millet and black-eyed peas.

A magical morning spent in the Queen Victoria Market, one of the largest in Melbourne.

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8 thoughts on “queen victoria market, melbourne

  1. OMG! i had to just comment on the garlic photo alone… ! Your photo’s are beautiful. I’m hankering for my regualar market visit tomorrow after a few weeks of not being able to get there. I find it so inspiring.

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