AS AUTUMN rolls on and the days get less long, fans of fresh produce had best hop in to Bornholm’s Good Food Shed before it shuts down for winter.
Volunteer shed manager Karen Langridge says the rustic jarrah landmark was erected in 1908 as part of the Elleker to Nornalup railway that closed in 1958.
“We’ve turned it back into a goods shed, so it’s come full circle,” she says of the petite produce market that is now in its fourth year.
“This season, we’ll close about the end of May because the cold weather will come in, and people do not come in cold weather.
“Our stall holders are all local, from along this strip between Denmark and Albany, except the apples are grown organically in the Porongurups, and the avocados come from Robinson just at the turn-off to Frenchman Bay.”
Mrs Langridge is expecting a good turnout during the south coast’s annual Easter tourist frenzy.
“Denmark’s got their market on Saturday, and there’s a lot on in Albany but we get a lot of people travelling through, so we are expecting to be busy on Easter Sunday,” she says at the shed’s threshold about 8.30am as stallholders set up.
Like Mrs Langridge, Isabelle de Beaumont generally rocks up early to help set up.
She sells fresh flowers, grown at her house on Bornholm Hill less than 2kms from the shed.
“I’m selling lots of dahlias, because they’ve suddenly gone bonkers, and all types of flowers normally, cottage flowers and gladiolus, and I make bouquets,” she says.
“This place has become such a social hub.
“It breaks the isolation for many people, and they hang out and we have tea together, and it’s just nice to feel included and meet your neighbours.”
Mrs Langridge says the Good Food Shed was conceived with community in mind.
“I think the shed has finally found its own rhythm this year,” she adds.
“By 10am it’s already standing room only, and then by 11.30 everything quietens down a little bit and people just trickle through.”
In terms of upkeep, the ageing structure operates on a tithing system.
“Everyone who sells here, the shed takes 10 per cent and that goes into a kitty and we use it for maintenance,” Mrs Langridge explains.
“We’ve bought new stumps because it’s still got the original stumps that are more than 100 years old, and after Easter we’ll replace them.”
The western end of the shed dips down four inches. Fixing that will allow its jarrah sliding door, that once opened to the railway, to be opened, imbuing the market with an al fresco air.
The shed opens from 10am to 3pm on Sundays in the warmer months. Anyone passing by earlier in the day can try their luck with setup-mode stall-holders – at 3 Shepherds Lagoon Road, just off Lower Denmark Road.