It's confession time for me, there is no hiding it from you, I have an obsession for Farmers markets. For this foodie girl a good food market and the gorgeous produce I leave laden with, far out plays a new pair of shoes or a diamond ring on my finger!
For the past four years now I have been running monthly tours to my favourite Sydney food market, Carriageworks Farmers Market. My quest to convert supermarket shoppers to being farmers market shoppers. My desire to awaken in people an understanding and passion, to meet and support the lovely, hardworking Australians who farm, grow, bake, make, pickle, preserve and produce your food.
'Carriageworks Farmers Market (formerly known as Eveleigh Market) is home to over 70 regular stallholders who sell a wide range of farm fresh products, from source to hub, for all your weekly grocery needs. Every Saturday, foodie lovers can find a variety of goods including seasonal fruit and vegetables; organic produce; beef; lamb; pork; poultry; dairy; artisan bread; smoked fish; olive oil; boutique wine; breakfast from celebrated chefs, and gourmet fare from dips to chutneys to sweet and savoury treats.
Each week the heritage listed Blacksmith’s Workshop is transformed into a meeting hub where the community gather to share stories, learn about the journey of food direct from the source and enjoy delicious fare, coffee, treats, samples and fresh produce direct from the producer to you!'
This weekend and thankfully next weekend too, the market celebrates six years of successful trading. Anyone who has started anything to do with fresh food and people, will know this is well worth celebrating. As part of the celebrations I will be running free tours of the market next Saturday 25th October at 9am, 10am and 11am. There are also a number of special moments planned over the two Saturdays, this week we enjoyed a live band, an inspiring cooking demo from Kylie Kwong and a fragrant honey extraction demo with bee keeper Doug Purdie. As well as extra specials and demonstrations by the regular stallholders, such as gnocchi making and ice cream tastings! There is the opportunity to chat with Barbara Sweeney, freelance food writer for Country Style and Good Food Guide at her 'talking cookbook' stand. Barbara offers free advice on all things food, cooking and the perfect recipe suggestions for your fresh produce.
You don't need to book in for any of these events, just arrive at the market and enjoy all that is on offer. Best plan would be to get there by 9am, meet me at the info booth, catch the first tour of the morning and then go browse, shop, taste and be sure you get to see and participate in it all!