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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sydney Farmers Market

lettuce seedlings
Lettuce seedlings for sale at the Sydney Farmers Market

There is no doubt in my mind that good food is the new black.

Goats cheese is the new Gucci; forget Chanel, try chanterelle; and a cluster of rhubarb poking out of your grocery basket is de rigeur baby, celery is like, so ten years ago.

So it didn't surprise me that last Thursday's Sydney Farmers Market was so popular. Instead of descending into Pitt Street Mall and DJs, the city suits headed to Cook and Phillip Park during the lunchtime rush hour.

Sydney Farmers Market with Centrepoint in the background

The Sydney Farmers Market is a special temporary event held for the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Month. Trumpeted as a unique event showcasing produce and products from the Sydney basin, the familiar white tented stalls looked tiny against the towering spires of St Marys Cathedral.

Sydney Farmers Market with St Mary's Cathedral in background

The markets aren't quite as big as Pyrmont, but the novelty of markets shopping during a workday lunchtime more than made up for it.

chocolate mint plant
Chocolate mint plant
Apparently the mint doesn't taste strongly of chocolate, it just goes well with it.

shoppers at the La Tartine organic bread stall
Shoppers at La Tartine organic bakery
Yes, of course I couldn't resist another fruit sourdough!

Penrith navel oranges
Penrith navel oranges

Yellow box honey at the Enniskillen Orchard stall
Yellow box honey at the Enniskillen Orchard stall
I picked up a jar of delicious fig jam from here

Fresh leeks and rhubarb
Leeks and rhurbarb from the Hawkesbury Farm vegetable stall

Rustic trolley filled with flowers
Trolley of flowers from the Ruby Slipper Flower Market stall

Yellow aruncula flowers
Yellow ranunculas
Very wedding bouquet-y

Waratah flowers
Waratah flowers
Native to south eastern Australia, the waratah is the floral emblem for the state of New South Wales.

Sunflowers
Happy sunflowers

My lunchtime booty included a tub of Willowbrae's fabulous goats cheese (rolled in sun-dried tomato and truly divine), a jar of afore-mentioned Enniskillen Orchard fig jam, a dozen organic eggs from the Hawkesbury Farmers stall (a bargain at only $4 for the dozen), and of course my gastronomic Achilles heel, the La Tartine fruit sourdough (let's pretend I didn't buy two loaves already last Saturday).

Organic free-range eggs
Organic free-range eggs, with bonus chicken fluff and organic dirt

La Tartine organic fruit sourdough loaf
La Tartine fruit sourdough $5.50
Do I need to justify my obsession?

Sydney Farmers Market
Cook and Phillip Park
cnr William and Yurong Sts, city

Next market is on Thursday 13 October, 11am-3pm.

Some stallholders seemed to think that the first week's success may mean the markets continue weekly throughout October. Check the website for updates.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/08/2005 04:32:00 pm


8 Comments:

  • At 10/08/2005 5:02 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    What a nice treat to have something like this happening during a weekday lunchtime!

    BTW, my mum has grown that chocolate mint, and it *does* taste chocolatey! See if they'll let you sample a leaf next time ;)

     
  • At 10/08/2005 10:14 pm, Blogger obachan said…

    That fruit sourdough is amazing. Oooops! I'm drooling over my keyboard!!

     
  • At 10/08/2005 10:53 pm, Blogger Catesa said…

    thats it, im immigrating.

     
  • At 10/09/2005 12:20 am, Blogger Nupur said…

    What a feast for the eyes...and I laughed aloud when I read "good food is the new black"! Maybe I DO stand a chance of being fashionable ;)

     
  • At 10/09/2005 10:17 am, Blogger Cathy said…

    I'm so envious! Things are winding down here... peaches are gone and tomatoes won't be around much longer. We've got the winter squashes, apples and pears, but winter is on its way! Meanwhile in Sydney, spring is just starting. *sigh*

     
  • At 10/09/2005 4:56 pm, Blogger Kirsten said…

    I knew I should have gone to these markets...it just seemed a bit ambitious to get down there, have a decent browse and be back at work within my hour lunch break. Maybe next week.

     
  • At 10/09/2005 8:49 pm, Anonymous Amber Amethryne said…

    Lovely photos :)

     
  • At 10/10/2005 12:55 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kelly - It felt a little strange going gourmet food shopping during my lunch hour! But appreciated nonetheless.

    I doubt she'd let me massacre her plant seedling, but now I am intrigued by the chocolate mint! And fat free as well! =)

    Hi Obachan - The fruit sourdough is amazing. It's very filling too.

    Hi Catesa - lol. Or you could visit.

    Hi Nupur - It's true tho'. Good food is hugely popular. Which is great. More power to the tastebuds!

    Hi Cathy - Yes but winter means stews and casseroles and pudding and better yet, lots of layers to hide any undesireable evidence!

    Hi Kirsten - The markets are quite small though so it shouldn't take too long to have a browse. Just think of the exercise (yeah, lugging back a bag filled with goodies!).

    Hi Amber - Thanks. It was great that it wasn't too crowded. And good food is always photogenic =)

     

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