LIKE its neighbour Clunes, Talbot was once a dying township, renowned mainly for being the home of the famous annual yabby festival.
But these days, it is also known for its monthly farmer’s market, which attracts thousands of people to the small Central Goldfields township on the third Sunday of every month.
During most weekdays, Talbot remains a quiet little hamlet, with most of the shops shut.
But on weekends and market days, Talbot comes alive.
A wide variety of unusual shops open on weekends, including Slightly Bent Books, George’s Bits and Pieces and Cadillac Walk.
The monthly market is held in the main street and features everything from organic fruit and vegetables to wine, pasta, continental cakes and homemade cheese.
But even on weekdays, behind the scenes, there is a close community hard at work in Talbot, whether it be painting crafts at the local library, visiting the local post office for stamps or playing bowls on the local bowling greens.
Talbot Bowling Club ladies president Barb Crossley said she had brought up her young family in the township after moving from nearby Maryborough.
“It’s very quiet, but it’s very friendly.
“It’s got everything we need,” Mrs Crossley said.
“And Maryborough is only 10 minutes away.”