In true Canberran style, I very rarely go northside if I don’t have to. As a southsider, it bothers me that even my place of work is on the northside of the lake (especially when it comes to trying to get public transport to work).
So, it’s not often I head to the Farmers’ Markets at EPiC. They are, of all the markets I have tried, my favourite. A tip for the uninitiated Farmers’ Market shopper: get there early. If you’re like me and want to actually get some shopping done, do it without the crowds around.
Earlier this month, my husband and I were heading to Sydney to visit family, so we got to the markets extra early. Some stalls were still setting up; but not the stall that is my first stop.
I walked into the Farmers’ Markets and made a beeline for Julie’s Juice Bar. Every time I walk into the markets, I always head directly for the juice bar: every single time.
The actual buying of juice is super easy. The problem occurs when you need to select the juice you want. Juice comes in three colours – red, green and orange – with a variety of different flavours and ingredients. All juices are made in front of you (unless you purposely select a premade one, and even then, they are made that morning).
This particular morning, I couldn’t make up my mind on which juice I wanted; so I bought three small juices.
Let’s start with Julie’s classic: the orange juice. I bought a straight orange juice, no additional flavours added. I love this orange juice: it is real orange. Not too sweet and a little tart. Some pulp, but not enough to get stuck in your teeth. Basically, it’s the perfect orange juice. Nothing compares to it.
The second juice I had was the ‘beetroot, carrot and apple’. This isn’t the red special that Julie has, but it is a red juice. The juice tastes more like an apple and carrot juice, with the beetroot coming through in a slight after-taste. The beetroot definitely adds the colour though. I would recommend this one as a great way to introduce kids to more exotic juices as the apple flavour is strong.
Finally, we get to the ‘green special’ juice. I honestly can’t decide which one I like more, this one or the orange juice. The green special is always en pointe. The strong kick of ginger will wake you up and the celery brings down the sweetness of the apple.
Juice is not a regular feature in my diet, but I never fail to stop by Julie’s Juice Bar and pick up a litre or two when I’m at the Capital Farmers’ Markets.