I was introduced to Preston Market a couple of years ago, when my vegan friend T shared her secret with me: buy the old brown spotty bananas and other fruit right before closing time when the prices are dirt cheap. A tray of fruit, past its best but still fine for freezing or smoothies, can be found for $1 or $2. I’d pick up many kilograms worth of old bananans for a few dollars and use them in my smoothies. The greatest discovery by far though was the hot jam donut van because they’re vegan. Brilliant!
I went back to Preston Market a few days ago to see what it offers for vegan shoppers. I stopped in at The D’Souzas for some amchoor (mango) powder. Of course, whenever I go in “just for one thing” I end up with many things. The D’Souzas store always has what I need and service is always smiley and friendly:
I picked up some soy beans from Preston Market Health Foods. There were many elderly Greek shoppers here, looking for dried chickpeas for their ‘revithia’ (chickpea) soup and lentils for their ‘fahki’ soup:
Of course, there are a number of fresh produce stalls with prices cheaper than the big supermarkets:
I walked around looking at all the stores inside the main market area but didn’t see any other veganny-options kinds of places. There were bakeries, continental delicatessans and lovely looking cakes but unfortunately none appeared to offer anything vegan, from my quick browsing. I looked at the food stalls and alas, nothing vegan there.
I was pretty hungry so I headed for the Cornutopia van. I’ve been there once before and enjoyed my vegan burrito so I ordered that again. The burritos (regardless of filling, it appears) are $10. Action shot:
The final stop (the most important of all): the jam donut van!
Overall, Preston Market is great for well priced fruit and veg, especially for those bargains right before closing time. You can find your nuts, dried beans, lentils and so on and different kinds of flours. More vegan options in the way of food would be great but I must confess the only food I go there for are donuts. Still, it would be nice to go there and have more of a selection of vegan food to chose from.
These are my purchases. I’m sure that’s the cheapest I’ve seen this particular vanilla extract. As for the clove oil, I need some to help with minor mould problems around the house. I’m sure I paid double $3.90 for one of those teeny bottles in pharmacies! I also picked up some quinoa, curry powder (I like to try different kinds) and amchoor powder, which always seems to be in recipes I want to try then when I buy the stuff, I can’t find the recipes:
If there are other markets out there you love for vegan shopping, please leave a comment!