Every year on the 27th of December after the madness of Christmas and then a movie on Boxing Day we head to our home in Fairhaven. It is a time for the beach, garden, pizzas in the wood fired oven, lots of sleep and family. Part of this tradition is a visit to the Airey’s Inlet community market. The market is run by local artist Susan Romyn and her husband, sculptor John Wilcox. Our visit usually starts with a coffee from the hard working Truffles café team and then the wander begins. Held in the Aireys Inlet Community Centre the market is a hub for the community and features local food producers, artists, potters, candle makers, booksellers, plants and much more.
We usually purchase some La Madre sourdough, local relishes and organic garlic and Chris always picks up her lotus scented candles from the girls at Rohz. This year the mussel man from Portarlington filled us a generous 10 dollar bag of his mussels and we steamed them with a very good Pinot Gris from D’SAS in the King Valley (another market regular). I brushed thick slices of the La Madre Onion Bread with olive oil and fresh herbs from our garden and grilled it on the BBQ – seriously good with the mussels and the rest of the Pinot Gris. I also purchased two Lamb shoulders on the bone from Otway Prime who are well known locally for their dry aged beef and lamb. I rubbed the shoulders with garlic, fresh rosemary, thyme, salt and olive oil and then slow roasted them overnight in our pizza oven after finishing our New Years pizzas. They were sweet, succulent and fell off the bone – very good New Years Day eating!