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 comments 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.

  2. It’s always a pleasure to see your wandering about photos. Really great eye. Any idea what those pink things about the mango photo are? And I concur–lovely garlic photo. Ken

    1. Thanks, Melissa! Your produce is pretty extraordinary. Mangos, pineapple and watermelons don’t even compare in the U.S. You are so lucky to have access to fresh, delicious fruit. So jealous!

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