I went to the wonderful Powerhouse Markets on Saturday, a gorgeous winter day…23degrees, blue sky and sunshine. At one of the stands I met Lorenzo from Bologna (right) and Alessandro, originally from Rome, but a Brisbane resident for 12 years.
Lorenzo is here for a year to travel, work, earn some money, learn English and experience a different life before returning to his beloved Italy. Youth unemployment in Italy right now is horrible. Lorenzo is a graduate in journalism, but there are no jobs. I asked if he would like to remain in Australia and he replied that although he loves it here he does want to go home.
I think this is great. Italy needs its young people, especially those who have had the courage and drive to leave their homes and discover how other places do things. I hope many of them return to Italy with new ideas and the enthusiasm to start some new enterprises and help Italy to thrive.
Alessandro Motta makes buffalo mozzarella and his wife makes delicious croissants filled with Nutella and they sell them at the markets. Lorenzo was there to help with sales.
Farmers’ markets are becoming very popular in Australia, which is a good thing. Just take a look at some of my purchases.
Of course I bought some Casa Motta mozzarella…here it is.
The Powerhouse markets happen every Saturday morning near the beautiful New Farm Park. Here is a winter day in Brisbane…the reason I return from Italy every June.
We had some grey clouds and a bit of rain today, but that is fine too, especially when the sky looks as good as this.