It can be a bit tricky to buy quality produce in Sydney, but there are some establishments that are a real standouts in a number of ways. The quality and taste of the produce is the first and foremost priority, and the customer service has to also be a hook that is the catalyst for you to want to keep coming back for more and more, and yes, quality produce (cannot emphasise this enough), so without further ado, these are the best establishments (in order of preference) which pay off when it comes to quality produce.
1. Galuzzos Fruit Market
A visit to the ever changing Glebe Point Road is worth its weight in produce gold. Sure, you might pay a little bit more for your weekly stash of fruit and veggies than what you would buy in the supermarket, but this establishment is honestly worth a bus ride from Rozelle. 'You get what you pay for' is so true. The customer service is the best I have ever received from a produce establishment in Sydney. If you are unsure, taste tests are also available. The staff do go the extra mile and my friends are equally fans of this establishment. Sure the space is small and can a little cramp (this establishment is so good, it gets really busy within good reason) yet don't let this be a deterrent for otherwise exceptional produce where the quality is rather consistent.
A great place to eat and buy some quality produce, so much so, that you would be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped into a true "farmers market" with fresh ingredients. Plus you can also buy the freshest deli items (antipasto heaven) with a bottle (or two) of Santa Vittoria at great prices. On the price front, the produce is not dirt cheap, but you feel like you have been treated rather fairly here. Something would be so wrong if you felt ripped off after buying produce and walking out of any of their establishments from Danks Street in Waterloo, right through the Bridge Street in the city unsatisfied.
Hands up if you are into fair trade food? Many Sydneysiders (especially if you live in the inner Sydney areas) would be a real fan (wholly or to a certain degree) of fair trade initiatives. This is a co-op that looks tacky on the outside (never judge a book by its cover) and makes the way for vegans and anyone with food intolerances with items such as lentils, seeds and grains, in addition to quality food and vegetables that you know do not have any nasties or pesticides in them. A popular locale in the Newtown/Enmore area, and despite this establishment being run as a not-for-profit co-op, the prices are still a little high. Rest assured you will gain full trust in the quality of the produce that you buy here. Remember to bring your own containers and shopping baskets/bags as packaging is not provided in keeping costs down a little bit further.
Expect old fashioned and real family friendly service at this establishment. The focus is on Italian food and quality produce. Coffee is also available if you want a quick caffeine fix in-between. If you are conscious about where your food comes from, and you want quality, quality and more quality (especially in the produce area) then come to this establishment if you live in (or nearby) the Surry Hills area.
If you live in the Darlinghurst area, and you want a single pit stop for quality produce and other great delicacies, then this establishment is so worthy of your attention. This establishment does get quite cold, so remember your jacket, even if it is sunny and warm outside. I know this sounds weird, but you will know what I mean when you go there, especially in the produce section.
Otherwise the Kings Cross Organic Food Market and the Orange Grove Farmers Markets are also great places to buy quality produce in Sydney. Enjoy the best produce that Sydney really has to offer.