Like the corn cobs above, there were small windows of sunshine that blessed an otherwise temperamentally wet and miserable Good Living Growers' Markets today.
At 9.30am the crowds were out in force, a hubbub of prams and toddlers and dogs and tourists...
Herb posies $10.00
Watercress from Darling Mills $2.50
Cheese at Formaggi Ocello
Jersey butter from Johnson's Farmgate $6.00
Still craving my Gympie Farm cultured butter, I had to make do with a tub from Johnson's Farmgate instead. Slathered generously on a French baguette, it was much enjoyed although I still prefer the rich tangy flavour of cultured butter. Perhaps it's time to investigate making my own?
Organic young garlic shoots from Gilles Garlic $5.00
Vegetable tarts from Manna from Heaven
New season mangoes
The rain arrives and the crowds scatter
The sudden shower of heavy rain sent people ducking for cover or dashing back to their cars. This did give me a chance to visit Sweetness the Patisserie and have a quick chat to Gena, whose stall had been three-deep with people everytime I walked past.
Spiced pecans $3.50 per 70g pack
She estimated that ten Grab Your Fork readers had visited by then, all of them pleased to score a free gift. And in the ten minute conversation that follows, it's clear that Gena radiates pure joy when it comes to her products. At one point she picks up a cellophane-wrapped chocolate-drizzled marshmallow and strokes it almost maternally. "I love how it sits in the little packet like that, you know? And those chocolate squiggles, I love how they're dribbling down the side and a little bit messy and uneven and it's a little bit rustic and..." she gives a little sigh and puts it gently back down onto the tray.
"And the great thing about the Pyrmont Markets is that the customers here get that. They care about what they buy and they know what the stalls are about. They have so much energy and passion about them and it's amazing."
Lemon-lime and poppyseed shortbread $2.00 each
Good Living Growers' Market
7.00am - 11.00am on the first Saturday of every month
Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont (opposite Star City Casino), Sydney
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10/04/2008 11:21:00 p.m.