I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published July 22nd 2016
Have a coffee and cake while doing your weekly shopping
Throughout Australia and even the world, you will come across farmer's markets where you will find locally grown farm-fresh produce for sale direct to the consumer. Over the years, I have been to a number of markets throughout Australia and the world and have been lucky enough to sample a variety of foods and drinks.
When I heard that the Shire Farmers Markets were going to open on the 9th of July in the carpark in Flora Street Sutherland (behind the Entertainment Centre), I couldn't wait to see who was going to have a stall there.
the crowd on the opening day the 9th of July. Image courtesy of the Shire Farmers Market.
On that first day they estimated that there were over 10,000 people came from far and wide to see who and what was on display. It was extremely crowded, but this could be expected, as on that weekend there had been a number of sports cancelled due to the heavy rain we had been experiencing over the past week.
The crowds have thinned out since day 1, but you will still need to get there early. Image by Gary Brown.
The organisers of the Shire Family Markets now estimate that from 8am to 1pm they have around 6,000 people visit the markets on a regular basis to buy their weekly fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, seafood, cakes, breads, flowers and much more.
There are a number of fresh fruit and veggie stalls for you to choose from. Image by Gary Brown.
Since that first day, the numbers of stalls has slowly grown to include more cake, cheese and café style stalls, selling home-made pies, jams, pickles and take away food and coffee. There was even a stand where you could buy freshly squeezed orange juice.
Maybe you are looking for that new orchard. Image by Gary Brown.
The aim of the Shire Farmers Market is to facilitate and support local community groups (throughout the Shire) and independent primary producers throughout NSW and add to the economic wellbeing of the Sutherland Shire community. Education of the community in the environmental aspects, together with sustainable agriculture and recycling of green waste is also a strong part of their mission.
This weekly event takes place each Saturday from 8am – 1pm (rain, hail or shine). It brings together the local Shire community in what will be a unique way of doing your weekly shopping, after which you can grab a cup of freshly made coffee or tea to enjoy in the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of the adjoining Peace park.
I have been to the markets a number of times since it has opened and we have eaten pizza from Amore Mobile Woodfired Pizza, tasted honey from BEEspoke Honey, dined on a lamb roast from Sutton Forest Meat, tried the sticky date puddings from the award winning Itha's Puddings and had a curried chicken pie and sausage roll for lunch from Yaels Cakes, plus a coffee from Moving The Beans.
A curried chicken pie and a sausage roll from Yaels Cakes with a coffee from Moving The Beans went down well. Image by Gary Brown.
Each week you will find your regular stalls in the only dedicated 'foodies' market in the Sutherland Shire, specialising in fresh seasonal foods and beverages.
So depending on which Saturday you go, you will find a selection from the following stall owners: Aisle of Eden, Archie's Orchids, Arete Organics, Amore Mobile Woodfired Pizzas, Authentic Turkish Gozleme, Backa Smallgoods, BEEspoke Honey, Brushwoods Olive Oil, Cakes For All Occasions, Camilleri Berries, Cawder Valley, Colombian Connection Coffee, Cookie Crazy, Cream Fork, David's Larder, Emu Spices, Everything Mason,Farmgate to Plate, Floral Fix, Franklin Road Preserves, Healing Foods,Itha's Puddings, Kemp's Creek Farms, Lou's Produce, Mad Balls, Makutchen Organics, Moving The Beans, Mr Kombucha, Naked Foods Nuts, Oakville Farm Fresh, Oktoberfest Hut, Ola Lola, Our Market Garden, Paddy the Baker, Passionfruit Café, Pepe Saya, Pro Catering Gozleme, Raw Vibes, River Kitchen, Rudi's Continental Butcher, Sanita Health, Shepherd's Bakehouse, Sutton Forest Meat , Tathra Place Free Range, Thoroughbread Bakery, Tony's Plants, Wetland Oysters, Whimsy & Co, Yaels Kitchen Sutherland, Yip Family Eggs and Zeal for Life.
Bring the kids along to check out the Farmyard Petting Zoo. Image by Gary Brown.
The kids haven't been forgotten, as they can check out the Farmyard Petting Zoo, play in the Kid's Jumping Castle and Tam's Face Painting.
Each week the organiser will have a different community stall that will be able to display their wares. On the week I paid a visit, the Red Cross of NSW were looking for people who would be interested in donating blood in the future.
If you are someone who would be interested in becoming a stallholder at the Shire Farmers Market, all you need to do is register your interest. here to find out more.
Also, if you would like to keep up to date as to what's been happening at the markets and who will have a stall, you can go to the Shire Farmers Markets Facebook page and follow them. This list of the stall holders will be updated late on the Thursday before the markets.
It is great to see that the Sutherland Shire now has its own Farmers Market every Saturday, between 8am and 1pm.