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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Northside Produce Market

Goose eggs
Goose eggs

It's been six months since we last visited Northside Product Market, but everything was just as we remembered it. The casual stroll of Northside shoppers means it's a little easier to chat to the market stall owners. We found out, for instance, that apparently geese only lay eggs once a year, and the goose eggs above would reveal an egg yolk about the size of half a cricket ball.

But first, we had to have breakfast. This time we all opted for wagyu steak sandwiches. These were a little chewier than most wagyu I've had the pleasure of eating, but for $5, it makes a reasonable steak sandwich, and provides the requisite levels of iron for a day of fooding ahead.

wagyu steak sandwich
Wagyu steak sandwich $5.00

The village-like atmosphere at Northside is always welcoming: there's always a more casual, less harried air to these markets than the ones at Pyrmont, and plenty of soft grass and shady trees allow families and friends to stretch out and soak up the sunshine, after a morning of shopping on a summery Saturday morning.

apples
Pink Lady apples

gympie butter
Gympie cultured butter stall
Best. Butter. Ever.

cheeses
Cheeses from Formaggi Ocello

testun cheese
Testun cheese
covered in grape skins and seeds

(very sharp and tasty)

Italian cheeses
Italian cheeses

buffalo fetta
Buffalo fetta

poodle
Poodle

parsnips and squash
Parsnips and squash

smoked sausages
Sausages from Eumundi Smokehouse

smoked chicken
Smoked chicken from Eumundi Smokehouse

trout
Rainbow trout

Northside Produce Market
Miller Street, North Sydney(between Ridge and McLaren Streets)

3rd Saturday of every month
8.00am - 12.00pm

Free parking available in Ridge Street car park.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/17/2006 11:57:00 pm


11 Comments:

  • At 9/18/2006 1:28 am, Anonymous Ellie said…

    Looks like a wonderful place to go exploring on the weekend - especially with a selection of cheeses like that!

     
  • At 9/18/2006 6:45 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Here's a question Helen: do you get sick of the amount of repetition at each market? Sometimes it seems the same stall holders do the rounds of every one so that going to one you see them all. It would be good to one day do a post on what is really the stand-out unique bit of produce or product at each one - the reason you should specially visit that market (apart from the fact we love looking at food of any kind!)

     
  • At 9/18/2006 8:56 am, Blogger cin said…

    Another market for me to visit! We should do a butter swap and see which one is better ;-)

     
  • At 9/18/2006 2:32 pm, Anonymous Benn Glazier said…

    What does the Poodle taste like?

    :P

     
  • At 9/18/2006 3:53 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    Boo, I wasn't feeling well enough to go. But I've been wanting to get my mits on goose eggs for a while now, I hope they'll be around next time? Or do you have a contact name/number for these sellers?

    And those little Eumundi sausages are the best: David the owner threw in a few for free for me at the last Good Living markets and I gobbled them up in the one go!

     
  • At 9/18/2006 6:17 pm, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    ooohhhh
    huzzah for cheeseeee! I would go to that market just for the cheesee :D and i love buffalo fetta soo nyummmy! and the testun looks interesting.. wanna tryy

     
  • At 9/18/2006 6:21 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    Just out of interest, how much were a tray of those goose eggs? I would love to make a creme brulee or leche flan out of those goose eggs someday.

     
  • At 9/18/2006 10:34 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Ellie - Yep I'm a bit of a compulsive market-browser. It's outdoors, it's social, it involves food... how can you resist?

    Hi Reb - I don't actually. I find it quite reassuring to see the same familiar faces at different markets, and like supermarkets, there's always something new and different you will find or notice.

    I think trying to highlight a "stand-out" for a market can be a bit loaded, especially since a lot of the produce is seasonal (as it should be) and new stallholders and products do arrive regularly. I think the most striking difference between each market, which I've mentioned above, is not the products but the people, the atmosphere and the surroundings which effect how people shop, linger, interact and chat.

    Hi Cin - lol. A butter swap! I love it! See which bit o' butter's better!

    Hi Benn - Rough.

    =)

    Hi Julia - I believe the eggs came from Cornucopia Biodynamic Farm, Wholesome Earth, 1644 Paterson River Road, Lostock Tel: 02 4931 7100

    Lucky you with the Eumundi sausages too!

    Hi FFichiban - The testun is really tasty. It's quite pricey though: I got a 100g slice last time and it was about $10.

    Hi jenjen - Sorry I didn't get a price. I was too busy snapping photos and then he was busy with another customer. You could try calling the number above (in my response to Julia)

     
  • At 9/19/2006 3:22 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    What a jinx, I've been trying to get hold of Cornucopia as I had a goose egg fry-up at Dank Street Depot a few weeks ago and the waitress told me they got their eggs from said farm, but I couldn't find any details for them. Thanks muchly!

     
  • At 9/19/2006 3:50 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Your photo does not do justice to Jasmine the giant poodle. She was massive.

     
  • At 9/19/2006 9:31 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - Glad to help. Thank goodness for lucky snaps which inadvertently capture egg carton labels (I had to really zoom in - lol).

    Hi Veruca Salt - I was just impressed that she looked our way! Never photograph dogs or children. They rarely stay still and cooperate!

     

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