One seldom equates the notion of “authentic” with “shopping” – but there again the Mushroom Farm is not your average strip-mall.
Located on the old Chef Mushroom Farm in Assagay, with the shops operating out of the converted mushroom sheds and outbuildings, this unassuming little quiet oasis is the perfect destination for busy urbanites who want a quick fix of country living without having to travel too far out of town.
The Mushroom Farm offers a carefully chosen range of shops and businesses in an unfussy rustic farmyard inspired setting. It is easy to get distracted with the combination of tempting retail options, welcoming eateries, endless browsing opportunities and a veritable Beatrix Potter range of seemingly very happy residents – chatty goats, lazy puddle-ducks, magnificent hens, a family of peacocks, camera-shy rabbits … and some of the fluffiest guinea pigs I have ever seen.
The old Chef Mushroom Shop is the epicentre of the complex, which sells wholesale mushrooms to the public. Companion businesses opened – a veggie shop, a plant nursery and a garden décor centre. Now the Mushroom Farm offers a most impressive range of bespoke shops. The sense is they are pretty much mostly independent owner-run quality local enterprises, without any of the predictability of the usual chain store and franchised outlets.
Of special mention is Peels honey which boasts honey in all shape and forms, and a full supporting cast; the mystical Aladdin’s cave that is Shambala with its fabulous selection of unusual garments, jewellery, décor items, bags, art, gift ideas, incense and prayer flags; Loafers offers great low-carb food and deli for those choosing to eat well and the legendary Mrs Pinkerton which is one of the most delicious shops on the planet – with retro home ware, vintage clothing and accessories, incredible antiques,
collectables and curiosities and an impressive selection of old films and music (on vinyl and CDs). They had me with their bowl of loose buttons and neon frog paper weights!
The Garden décor shop is worth a turn – their selection of colourful pots alone is astonishing; the veggie shop is remarkable – fresh produce in abundance; and Spence and Mae offer unusual gift ideas and beautiful blooms.
And because we are in the country after all, the Stable Cat & Unicorn Tack and Hitching Post cater for the care of horses, pets and live-stock; and one can pick up wellington boots; fertiliser and fencing poles!
A leisurely brunch or quality coffee watching the animals rounds off an excellent meander.
The Mushroom Farm is situated at 450 Kassier Road, Assagay.