From fresh flowers and locally grown fruit and veg, organic meats and artisan baked goods, farmers markets are one of the best, most hipster-ish ways to spend a weekend. More importantly, if you have kids there’s almost always a jumping castle and/or pony rides to distract them while you chow down on some tasty egg and bacon rolls.
Spring’s seasonal spoils include lush artichoke and asparagus, loads of cauliflower, bundles of rhubarb and navel oranges aplenty!
Carriageworks Farmers Market
Held each Saturday in the historic Carriageworks site, this super trendy market offers farm-fresh veggies, local cheeses, charcuterie, jams, and relishes as well as some stellar pork buns cooked by Kylie Kwong herself. This is a dog and child-friendly affair so be prepared to weave your way through the little people to get your purple kale. Standout buys include baked goods from Bird Cow Fish and sourdough from the Bread and Butter Project.
Saturdays from 8am – 1pm.
Growers’ Market Pyrmont
Featuring more than 70 top notch food stalls and some of the prettiest views in town, this harbourside market is also the place to see some of your most beloved celebrity chefs strut their culinary stuff on the kitchen stage. Stock up on local venison from Moobi Valley or indulge in a New York bagel from Brooklyn Boy. You can also grab your coffee fix from local roasters like Toby’s Estate.
7am - 11am on the first Saturday of every month.
There is quite literally no better place to bring the kids on a Saturday morning than the growers market at Orange Grove Public School. Open from 7am, this people’s playground features the usual lineup of fruit and veg stalls, as well as a jumping castle, face painting, and pony rides. There’s also some rather elaborate play equipment in the schoolyard and bacon and egg rolls with chimichurri sauce. What more could you want out of life?
Held every Saturday from 7am - 1pm.
Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market
It’s one of southern Sydney’s only certified organic food markets and offers more than 40 stalls filled with ethically grown and produced fruit, veg, crafts, meats, and baked goods. If you’re passionate about where your food is grown, how it’s picked (or, ahem, killed), and whether it supports local farmers and producers then this is the place for you. Keep a special eye out for cronuts by Sydney pastry maker Walter Becker, who does a tasty version of Dominique Ansell’s popular hybrid.
Held every Saturday from 8am – 12pm.
Concord Farmers Market
Who doesn’t want to partake of a bit of wine tasting on a sunny Saturday morning? And while we’re at it, why wouldn’t we stock up on a range of marinated feta and soft ricotta from Little Creek Cheeses? This market also offers the usual lineup of oils from Pukara Estate, as well as some farm-fresh eggs from central NSW and heirloom produce grown around Kemps Creek.
Held on the first and third Sunday of every month from 9am - 1pm.
Bondi Farmers Market
Hipsters rejoice! Your mothership has landed and it’s offering cashew milk smoothies for all! Held every Saturday in Bondi Public School, this tasty market is as much about the brekkie treats as it is about fruit and veg. There’s free-range egg and bacon rolls, organic muesli, and all-natural chutneys amongst other tasties.
Saturdays from 9am - 1pm.
Northside Produce Market
Located in Civic Park in North Sydney, this market has retained its community feel despite its popularity and growth over the past few years. Often families will bring along a picnic blanket from which to enjoy some of the tasty, tasty things on offer. Must buys include manuka honey from Australian Honey Cellars, plum jam from Rowan Farm Berries, and smoked trout from Brilliant Food.
Held on the third Saturday of every month from 7am.
Parramatta Farmers’ Market
Despite their traditional weekend timeslots, Parra has bucked the market trend and set up shop every Friday from 7:30am in Centenary Square. Here you’ll find native foods, fruit and veg, nuts, fresh bread, meat and some rather tasty hot food.
Fridays from 7:30am - 2pm.
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