Trekking Sydney-sider sharing cool finds and neat treats
Published August 21st 2014
Looking for a scrumptious start to the weekend?
Leichhardt Organic Market
Not just an fresh produce larder, the Leichhardt Organic Market has plenty for those looking for a leisurely stroll on a not so early Saturday morning for yummy instant eats. From French pastries, beef empanadas to authentic gozleme made by Turkish ladies the traditional way. It is truly handcrafted, as the skillful ladies hand-roll the rested dough peeping out from underneath the muslin cloths every Saturday morning. Fillings range from ripe banana and sweet nutella to spinach and beef, made to order. You can customize with mushrooms or chili flakes. Try the chili flakes, you won't be disappointed.
There are many gozleme stalls around Sydney you say…head over this weekend and you won't be sorry you made the trip. Look for the ladies in blue headscarves.
A spinach, beef and feta gozleme (with the chili flakes of course) after morning yoga always transports the mind, spirit and taste buds to new heights.
Located within the school grounds of the Orange Grove Public School on the corner of Perry Street and Balmain Road, young families tend to weekly grocery needs and gather on the school yard lawn for breaky or brunch. The little ones are happy swinging on the play equipment under the glorious Sydney winter sun. Mature trees offer up shade and some respite from the summer heat. Perfect for a family picnic.
A weekly must have is fresh flowers for the house and a few seedlings for the home gardener. Choose from herbs to rocket, kale or lettuces. My favourite is the oak butter lettuce. The coffee counter at the rear next to the free-range egg tent continuously calls out coffee orders, which always amazes how patient caffeine slaves can be.
Not only is this a fashionable organic market, most produce and stallholders are local New South Welshmen. When pondering what gifts are suitable for friends abroad, Australian honey is a winner, especially when you can boast that the yellow box is for delicate madeleine tea treats than the buxom iron bark. Oh, and the bees came from less than 100kms away.
If you crave the bacon and egg rolls hot off the BBQ to cure that not quite hang-over, just trust your senses to lead you to the smokin' tent from the market gates. Grab a bunch of rhubarb and a punnet of strawberries enroute.
During a recent visit, whilst queuing for a gozleme lunch, I discovered the falafel stand humbly operated by a sweet retiree couple. The husband was honest and humorous whilst the wife was a home cook and prepared hearty servings of mouth-watering falafel wraps. The hot falafels were laid on a generous bed of mixed salad leaves (purchased from the salad stall next door), fresh tomatoes, pickles or no pickles, garlic and chili sauce. For a red meat lover, this was surprisingly tasty and filling.
For the devoted market shopper, you might want to get there before 8am when it is brisk and fresh, which makes that coffee ever more deserving for first dibs at the vege. Parking is a mess, but you cannot expect more within Leichhardt Council Municipality. Not to worry, everything seems to work out and everyone happy. Just make sure you don't get a ticket from a ranger.
Queuing at the bacon and egg stall or gozleme tent is obligatory when you visit…too hard to choose? Just come back the week after and try the falafels too!