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Published March 2nd 2017
Fresh farm produce, plenty of parking, central location
Fresh farm produce at markets is just the best way to get your weekly groceries, talk to the providores to find out about their passion and produce, and have a fun outing at the same time. The old Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, holds farmer's markets every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am - 2pm and is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and cheeses, and there's plenty of food vendors if you want to grab a coffee and a tasty bite to eat too. A big bonus is the 2 free hours parking in the adjacent parking station, and a good idea is to bring a trolley-bag that you don't have to carry because, if you're like me, you'll end up buying more than you planned to. Check out their website for the full range of stall-holders, but I picked up some really fresh wonderful goodies from these:-
Common2us, Dural - This small-scale organic farm is managed by a keen young team of farmers from Spain and Australia who believe that 'healthy' means food that is good for us, the environment, and the community.
Brasserie Bread - with freshly baked bread, the smell always gets you first, and with my samples of Brasserie's bread the taste was no second rating. I took home a loaf of walnut and apricot sourdough, which was fantastic for breakfast the next morning, with just a drizzle of raw honey to top it off. Based in Sydney, they also run bread-making classes.
The Molong Farm - from a small farm-holding near Orange Josh and Emma are tree-changers from Sydney who now provide free-range eggs, beef, pork and lamb, plus some home-grown fruit and jams. They cure and vacuum-seal their own cold-cuts of ham, bacon, and pancetta, a handy and light staple to grab.
But I've only scratched the surface. There's a French guy selling home-made saucissons and fois gras; stalls of tapas, gozleme, fresh juices, Toby Estate coffees, cooking demonstrations and workshops, Vannella cheese, plums and cherries from Griffith, bananas from Coffs Harbour, and citrus from Meliora farm at Peats Ridge, a totally biodynamic industry. The market curator is chef Matt Kemp, who is passionate about sustainability, product integrity, and sourcing N.S.W. produce direct from country suppliers. Shop here as often as you can and it's a win-win all round.