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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Good Living Growers' Markets

mushrooms
Baby shimeji mushrooms

Last month I missed the Good Living Growers' Markets for the first time in 2006: it was a very sad realisation indeed.

So I was determined not to miss this month's one, which was happily bathed in glorious yellow sunshine. It was t-shirt and shorts weather, more akin to summer than the second calendar day of spring.

I went a little crazy with the photos this month. Perhaps absence does make the heart grow fonder...


pancetta
Double smoked pancetta

jams
Rowan Farm jams

oranges
Valencia oranges

sparkling juices
Sparkling juices from Parkers Organics

blood orange juice
Blood orange juice
(breakfast)

potatoes
King Edward potatoes

potatoes
Spunta potatoes

potato sign
No more potatoes

Ahhh seasonal produce. What a novel concept!

golden beets
Golden beets

These golden beets looked gorgeous.

pasta
Fresh egg linguini pasta from Pastabilities

carrots
Dutch carrots

baby figs
Persian baby figs

goji berries
Goji berries

preserves
Lemon curd, Seville marmalade and passionfruit curd

pies
Wagyu beef pies

mussels
Live mussels

cheese
Cheeses from Formaggi Ocello

gruyere cheese
Gruyere cheese

cheese in dried grapes
Cheese covered with dried grapes

I've tried this once before. It had a beautiful sharp tangy flavour, but at $100/kg it was a rare treat.

cheese
Reggiano

cheese covered with hay
Cheese covered with hay

cheese covered with vine leaves
Cheese covered with vine leaves

cheese tower
And yet more cheese

lamb ahead
Tasty lamb ahead

no more mushrooms
Mushroom stall all sold and gone by 10am

DIY cupcakes
DIY cupcakes from Whisk and Pin

With the current cupcake craze at fever pitch, Whisk and Pin's latest addition to their range is a cupcake mix which comes complete with icing mixture and flower decorations.

blue cheese
Blue cheeses from Simon Johnson

I was drooling at the sight of the Papillon roquefort at the rear left (and by the way, the Providores' Market in Alexandria sells Roquefort for $70/kg compared to $90/kg at David Jones Food Hall).

raspberry jam
Chilcotin raspberry jam from Anne Jam $7.00 or 3 for $18.00

After sampling the Chilcotin raspberry jam for months, I finally succumbed to some jammy goodness. Made from organic raspberries, it's a pure jam of 60% fruit and 40% sugar. Berry bits are aplenty and the taste is pure raspberry sweetness. I've been having it on toast; it was divine on thick farmers yoghurt too.

lilies
Lilies

lavender
Lavender

Good Living Growers' Market
7.00am - 11.00am on the first Saturday of every month
Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont (opposite Star City Casino), Sydney

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Good Living Growers' Market 2006: July ¦ June ¦ May ¦ April ¦ March ¦ February
Good Living Growers' Market 2005: November ¦ October ¦ September ¦ August ¦ July ¦ April ¦ March ¦ February

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/03/2006 11:46:00 pm


12 Comments:

  • At 9/04/2006 12:33 am, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    So many wonderful delights. Wagyu beef pies sound good. Did it taste any different to regular pies Helen?

     
  • At 9/04/2006 9:21 am, Anonymous a random broad said…

    Wow, your pictures are great. The cheeses look especially delicious.

     
  • At 9/04/2006 10:11 am, Blogger deborah said…

    looks fabulous helen! the cheese looks really good.

    sorry i couldn't make it... headache was with me the whole weekend :(

     
  • At 9/04/2006 10:56 am, Blogger Julia said…

    I finally made it! Blogged about it too! Incredible markets, I've penned them in my diary for the rest of the year.

     
  • At 9/04/2006 12:44 pm, Anonymous mama bok said…

    Yummy..!! everything looks so delicious..!!

     
  • At 9/04/2006 12:58 pm, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    haha you managed to suprise me this time! I was too busy trying to get a shot of the big doggie to notice wghat was happening around me. I can't believe how many ppl there were this week!

     
  • At 9/04/2006 5:27 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    Great photos Helen! This time it was I that missed out on the markets as I had to work. Hopefully I can make it next time, maybe I will even run into you! Not that I will know when I do : )

    But being the citrus freak that I am, I'm so bummed I missed out on the Valencia Oranges! Oh well.. maybe next time.

     
  • At 9/05/2006 12:35 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi thanh7580 - I haven't tried their wagyu pies, although I have sampled their wagyu steak sandwiches. I've always preferred my wagyu as a juicy steak, with mashed potato and gravy. Mmm....

    Hi a random broad - Thanks. The cheeses were so intriguing. I will have to work though trying them all one by one.

    Hi Deborah - I hope your headache has gone now. And yes, you were definitely missed.

    Hi Julia - Glad you enjoyed them. They are definitely a highlight of the month for me. Always something new to discover (and eat).

    I'll be looking forward to some tasty cooking exploits!

    Hi mama bok - Good quality food always looks delicious! And everything is super fresh too.

    Hi Pickles - As soon as I saw that moving camera lens I knew I'd have to look up to see who was behind it!

    Yeah the markets are super busy now. Good food is de rigeur baby!

    Hi jenjen - Ahh the markets tag-team is a wonderful thing.

    There are quite a few photographers about the place at the markets. I'm sure we will bump into each other eventually!

     
  • At 9/05/2006 4:37 am, Anonymous Miss K said…

    I've stopped going,really disappointed.
    Am i the only one who thinks things should be a little cheaper at markets as they cut out the middle man (retailer).Found my favourite goats cheese but being sold dearer than at the deli,$4.50 for a small tart,even DJ Food Hall is cheaper,one stall advertised one price for their bacon and egg roll and listed the other fillings but charged you extra if you wanted those,no mention on their sign?
    Was unimpressed by the wagyu pies,if you want cheap tasty wagyu,try the wagyu burger at Berkelouw Books cafe in Leichhardt.

     
  • At 9/05/2006 12:33 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    The cheeses look so good. I wonder how the different coverings affect the flavour.

    Natural mussels live in a vacuum sealed bag - WTF?

     
  • At 9/05/2006 11:41 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MissK - I really enjoy the markets and although yes, some products are more expensive, others are cheaper and unobtainable elsewhere. I do appreciate the "village atmosphere" that resonates and the heartfelt enthusiasm and food passion emanating from the stall holders is always happily infectious too.

    Hi Veruca Salt - Good question. We'll have to slowly taste-test our way through them.

    I felt a little sad for the mussels in the vac-pak too.

     
  • At 5/22/2007 11:23 am, Anonymous Halle said…

    Hi Helen, Been here in Sydney going on 3 years now and I wonder how I missed your wonderful blog! The pics are cool and the farmer's market info is great, although I have to pick ones close to hom [I can't drive to save me life!!!] :). This year though I am taking the train to my first Sydney Good Food And Wine Show 2007!

     

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