Friday, 25 March 2016

Riverland: Fresh Fruit Directly from the Local Gardens

Approaching the border with Riverland we looked for the road pointer to the quarantine bin, where travelers should dispose all their fruits and veggies, as they are not allowed to be brought to the Riverland. As we mentioned earlier in the other article, the import of plant foods to the territory of Riverland is forbidden to protect the local orchards from the fruit fly eggs, as this pest can destroy all the crops of the region. We knew about these rules, and did not carry any forbidden fruit, but we urgently needed to get rid of some apple cores and banana pills found in the car rubbish bin.

Riverland Visitor Information Centre with the Big Orange Tree
The bright yellow quarantine bin was visible from afar. In a small car park next to bin the family of travellers comfortably settled with their chairs and a table - they unhurriedly destroyed the banned foods with pleasure. However some one else have parted with their products less civilized. Five meters from the bin we found a huge smashed watermelon on the ground, and broken zucchinis, strung on a wire fence of the neighbouring farm. We did not understand what could cause such a outbreak of fruit rabies.

Fruit and Vegetables Quarttin Bin at the border of Riverland
Fruit and Vegetables Quarantine Bin at the border of Riverland

Immediately after crossing the border with Riverland, the eyes begin enjoy the greenery of gardens and vineyards, which surround the road from both sides. In addition to the joy for the eyes, there is joy for the nose: the wind from the vineyards and wineries so saturated with wine flavours, that we felt a little drunk just from the odour.

Scenic Lookout at Waikerie Visitor Information Centre
Scenic Lookout at Waikerie Visitor Information Centre
In the town of Waikerie we stopped for awhile on the steep bank with the scenic views of the Murray River. We wanted to go to the local information tourist centre and ask for a map of the National park, as we left at home our map printed from the Internet. Unfortunately, the information centre was closed, so at this stop we just enjoyed a small walk, going down to the Murray, breathing wine air and admiring the Opuntia on the river side. Their fruits were bright and looked very ripe, but Alex had the sad experience of removing the thorns from hands, and he refused to tempt fate again without leather gloves.

Fresh fruit and vegetables stall from the local farm near Waikerie
Fresh fruit and vegetables stall from the local farm near Waikerie, South Australia 

There were small stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables on the road sides near the farms. These stalls were complete self-serviced, the price was written directly on the rind of melons and watermelons, and there was a heavy iron moneybox for payment. That stall where we bought some apples, a rock melon and a watermelon, was equipped with a surveillance camera. Perhaps this was done to strengthen the human honesty... But last year, passing through the gardens in the same area, we just threw payment in a simple empty coffee jar, and also took our change from there.

It seems, that fruits sold directly from the gardens should be cheap. But it is not so. Their prices, of course, significantly lower than in the supermarket, but they quite comparable with the prices in our local greengrocery. Nevertheless, freshness, juiciness and flavour of freshly picked fruits immediately reconcile you with their cost.

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