Blue skies, warm sunshine and a bounty of food. No wonder Sydneysiders take to their local farmers market in droves. Frenchs Forest Organic Food Markets is one of the biggest markets in Sydney. It's also one of the first, starting in June 1995.
Frenchs Forest Market
The markets are a popular day out for couples and families alike. There are kids underfoot, the smell of sizzling bacon in the air, and plenty of smiles on the faces of friendly stallholders. Dog owners should note that pooches aren't permitted here.
The markets offer an eclectic mix of fruit and vegetables, preserves, fresh meat, cheeses, baked goods, candles, hats, tupperware and more. Not everything is organic here, but keep an eye out for yellow signs that indicate whether a stall sells organic or conventionally farmed produce.
We spent a good hour wandering the grounds, marvelling at the giant punnets of blueberries for $25, trying activated pecans (super crunchy) and getting our hands on a bacon and egg roll or two.
Sizzling bacon on the grill
Brooklyn Boy Bagels
You'll also find Brooklyn Boy Bagels at the market, hand-rolled boiled bagels by ex-New Yorker and sometime food blogger Michael Shafran.
Everything bagels from Brooklyn Boy Bagels
I tried the everything bagel ($4), crusted with a thick layer of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, garlic, caraway and salt. There's a good hit of garlic and the bagels have a decent chew. They do an interesting mix of whipped cream cheeses too, including maple syrup as well as a black sesame cream cheese on the day we visited. "It's for Chinese New Year," Michael said. An additional $3 for cream cheese is a little on the steep side, but there's no doubting the amount of love and pride in the product here.
Michael Shafran, the creator behind Brooklyn Boy Bagels
Australian garlic and garlic flowers
Multigrain wheat sourdough
Pasta sauce and choko pickles
Nectarines, plums, passionfruit and tomatoes
Japanese okonomiyaki pancakes
Organic fruit and vegetable stall
Italian and French cheeses
Dick Plumb's cornish pasties
Cultured Jersey butter
Activated walnuts and pecans
Pasture-fed beef sausages and free range chicken and duck from the Free Range Butcher
Pasture-fed butterfly lamb legs and rump steak from the Free Range Butcher
Certified organic fruit and vegetables
Dosa Delight stall
Vegetable dosai from the Dosa Delight stall
Tomatoes and passionfruit
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Frenchs Forest Organic Food Market
35 Frenchs Forest Road East, Frenchs Forest, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9999 2226
Every Sunday 8am-1pm
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