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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Pyrmont Growers' Market

Young garlic $1.50 per stalk

You'd think that my eighth visit to Pyrmont Growers Market this year would be ho-hum. But nay. Each month there are new foodstuffs revealed, celebrities to spot and plenty of people-watching to indulge in.

The young garlic pictured above was the most exciting thing I spotted this month. I used to always watch Jamie Oliver use this in his cooking with envy and wistfulness. Apparently this is available in Sydney but I had yet to see it until yesterday. The entire bulb can be sliced without peeling and even the stalk can be sliced and cooked up as well (you may want to peel off the outer skin).

The other pulse-rating moment for the day was spotting Damien Pignolet at the Simon Johnson stall signing copies of his latest book French. Tucked away in the back corner of the stall, I don't think many people even realised he was there.

I was on my own on Saturday so I took deliciously self-indulgent pleasure in meandering around the markets and taking photos to my heart's content.

market stalls
The skies were grey and overcast on Saturday which meant crowds were slightly down. There was still a happy buzz about the place and La Tartine still ran out of their fruit loaves by 10.05am.

Peaches from Glenwood Orchard $5 per box

Glenwood Orchard stall
Glenwood Orchard stall

Unshucked Sydney Rock oysters

lobster sign
Ulladulla lobster $35
A gorgeous brilliant red colour

meat prices
Homemade jam taste-testers from Rowan Farm, Fitzroy Falls
La Tartine

La Tartine organic woodfired sourdough
Always a buying frenzy, and yes, I bought my usual two loaves of fruit sourdough

pumpkin sourdough
Pumpkin sourdough from La Tartine $4.00 each

Parkers juices
Parker's Organic sparkling juices

rainbow trout
Fresh rainbow trout from Cowra Smokehouse
These boys looked so fresh and delicious!

Damien Pignolet
Damien Pignolet autographing his cookbook at the Simon Johnson stall

Lavendar plants

A moth, spotted loitering by the potplants

Fruit friands from Consumate

Fresh corn

Baby carrots

Swiss chard
Swiss chard in a rainbow of yellows, pinks and pale green.

Bright green shiny bunches of asparagus spears

butter stall
My favourite sampling stall -
Gympie Farm cultured butter
I have a tub at home which I must try to resist eating from with a spoon and a devilish grin.

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

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Good Living Growers' Market 2006: 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 11/06/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 11/07/2005 3:56 am, Anonymous LisaSD said…

    I've never seen garlic on the stalk before. It is lovely bathed in lavender.

    And pumpkin sourdough? Yes, please!!

  • At 11/07/2005 1:14 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    How bizarre - I bought some young garlic on saturday afternoon! I added it to a stirfry - and was yummy all caramelised.

    Pics are great - did you use your new camera?

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

  • At 11/07/2005 2:18 pm, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    do you know what time the markets start from? i usually always go to the growers markets for the warm apple cider and pies!

    I must buy a loaf of the soudough next time!

  • At 11/07/2005 7:00 pm, Blogger Rachel said…

    yaay !! Some recognition for Cowra :)
    The smokehouse is pretty cool as its a working trout farm as well and you can even catch your own trout and they will gut it for you. Try the smoked trout pate next time you visit the stall. Its pretty delicious and the Cowra marinated fetta is pretty darn good too. Guess I'm lucky I live 1.2 kms from the smokehouse.

    btw the young garlic looks really interesting :)

  • At 11/07/2005 11:01 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Lisasd - Most of our garlic is imported from China =( but young garlic has a great subtle flavour.

    I've had the pumpkin sourdough before actually. Not as pumpkiny as I thought it would be, but still good!

    Hi Saffron - My we must be in GSP!

    I couldn't be bothered lugging the big camera so I just continued my furtive snapping with the P10.

    It was fun. Compounded by more goodness at the Snapper, Spice and Rice Festival. Pics to come!

    Hi Pickles - The markets start at 7.00am (I've included the hours of trade at the end of the post). Some are ready for trade by 6.45pm (yes, I've done it once before!) and I find that many continue until about 11.30am (but much of the good stuff sells out).

    The fruit sourdough is a must-must. Buy two and slice one for the freezer. You won't regret it!

    Hi Rachel - Ahh so you live near Cowra! I actually have purchased the smoked trout pate you mention. It was so tasty I couldn't resist.

  • At 11/08/2005 3:09 am, Blogger Catesa said…

    i love markets with all the fresh produce. some beautiful shots there i can almost smell the garlic wafting off the screen :)

  • At 11/09/2005 12:20 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Catesa - Thanks. Yep I love markets too. So much to see, smell and taste-test!

  • At 11/23/2005 7:53 pm, Blogger syn said…

    Hi AG, just thought you might like to know that you can order the la tartine fruit loaf sourdough online, at www.organicfeast.com.au ... I've not used it before, but am thinking about it! the breads are here.


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