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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market, Castle Hill

pears
Pears

Saturday mornings are best spent in bed, I say, but if there's one thing I'll dutifully agree to set my alarm clock for, it'd be gourmet markets.

Last Saturday we headed to the Sydney Flower Market in Flemington at some ungodly hour. By the time we piled back into the car, we were wide awake, so we continued our market martyrdom by heading to the farmers markets in Castle Hill.

shoppers

Castle Hill is about 30km north west of Sydney CBD. This is real suburbia and the markets here have a distinctly laidback Aussie feel. There are plenty of market browsers, dressed in jeans and casuals, but there's a dearth of chihuahuas, hip retro granny trolleys and not one decaf skim latte to be seen.

As we browsed the circle of outdoor market stalls, I had a sense it wasn't very big... until I realised the markets continued inside a nearby building. Jostling inside the cosy shed were a whole host of familiar faces--all the stalls we've come to know and love from the Good Living Growers Market and Northside, like La Tartine, Formaggi Ocello and the Grima Brothers.

eggs
Free range eggs

Balsamic vinegar
Hunter River Olive Grove caramelised balsamic vinegar

gourmet mustard
Hunter River Olive Grove sundried tomato mustard
and black olive mustard

jams
Jams from The Farmers Wife

soup
Soup

ravioli
Ravioli

orange invitation
The perfect invitation

oranges
Oranges

apples
Apples

Cheese
Cheese

blue cheese
Blue cheese

orchids
Orchids

bread
Sourdough baguettes

Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market
8am-12 noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month


Castle Hill Showground, Harvey Lowe Pavilion
Showground Road, Castle Hill, Sydney
Entry via Show ground Rd


Related GrabYourFork posts:
Sydney Flower Market, Flemington
Good Living Growers Market
Northside Produce Market

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 6/14/2006 11:02:00 pm


9 Comments:

  • At 6/15/2006 1:13 am, Blogger Gustad said…

    that blue cheese looks great. has some great veins

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:57 am, Blogger swee said…

    i think i will be addicted to all these markets!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 5:07 am, Blogger archana said…

    Hopped in to say Hello, Excellent photos !!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:54 am, Blogger Tokyoastrogirl said…

    What beautiful produce! I always enjoy your lovely photos- thank you.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:37 pm, Blogger M-H said…

    So that's why The Farmer's Wife wasn't at Lilyfield market on Saturday. I love her pickles!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 5:13 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    I always say it, but I love your photos. That ravioli looks so good I could eat it raw!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:11 pm, Blogger Catesa said…

    so fantastic! such beautiful shiney fruits. love the cheese too ;)

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:36 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Gustad - I know. I love a good blue cheese!

    Hi Swee - There are plenty of them. You can go nuts!

    Hi Archanat - Thanks. It all looked so delicious it wasn't hard to take tasty photos.

    Hi tokyoastrogirl - The fruit looked so lovely, especially in the rustic wooden crates. And thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying the pics!

    Hi m-h - I haven't tried her pickles, but last time I was at Orange Grove I picked up a tasty bottle of elderflower cordial.

    Hi jenjen - Aww thank you. And the pasta was amazing. They had so many unusual and tasty combinations.

    Hi Catesa - The fruit looked so delicious and shiny. And I agree, I have a soft spot for good cheese.

     
  • At 3/18/2012 5:20 pm, Blogger thehomefoodcook said…

    looks good...I have to make sure I go one of these days...

     

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