Rain, hail or shine, there’s one weekend activity that’s always there for us Sydney. And that activity is the humble farmers’ market. Admittedly more comfortable in the sunshine, there is still no better way to spend a couple of hours than strolling through endless stalls filled with fresh produce for you to nibble on and pack up for later. Not only are markets the best fresh produce all in one place, but it’s the most sustainable way to get straight to the source and bring home the (literal) bacon.
They’re fresh. They’re exciting. They’re delicious. Here are the best farmers’ markets in Sydney.
Best Farmers’ Markets In Sydney’s North
Northside Produce Market
This is not your average seasonal fruit and vege market. We’re talking fresh pasta, fine pastries, fresh and smoked seafood and Sydney’s best coffee. Is this place even real?
Where: Civic Park, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney
When: First and third Saturdays of the month
Palm Beach Market
Think surfy vibes and treat yo’self to the gift of Palm Beach’s idyllic views and even better markets. Heard of potato bread? Neither had we and now we can’t look back. Go buy yourself a freshly-made loaf, sip on a Vietnamese pho soup and grab a few homemade cakes on your way out. Trust us, the only thing you will regret is not buying more.
Where: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach
When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm
Frenchs Forest Organic Market
The freshest produce and a plethora of fresh flowers are available at this gourmet food and produce market, plus, it’s all organic. Whether the weather (ha) is good or bad, the markets will still go on! There is also a bouncy castle and pony rides for the kiddies…or you, if you really want.
Where: 5 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest
Best Farmers’ Markets In Sydney’s South
Shire Farmers’ Markets
It is no surprise that this market is surrounded by Peace Park because we are telling you right now, this market’s tranquillity is outta this world. Enjoy a cup of freshly made coffee or tea and stock up on your fresh produce ‘cos this is the best in the South.
Where: 150 Flora Street, Sutherland
When: Saturdays 8am-1pm
Best Farmers’ Markets In Sydney’s East
Sydney Sustainable Markets
Feel the need to do something good? This is your time to shine. Sydney Sustainable Markets is all about giving back to the sustainable food revolution. Keeping the environment in the forefront of your mind whilst treating yourself to meats, flowers, fruits and vegetables is honestly giving you the best of both worlds.
Where: Taylor Square, Darlinghurst
When: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Rose Bay Farmers’ Market
After a tough Monday, get ready to spice up your Tuesday at the Rose Bay Farmers’ Market. Set up on the scenic Pannerong Reserve, this one is the real MVP.
Where: Pannerong Reserve, Rose Bay
When: Tuesdays, 8.30am-2pm
Double Bay Organic Market
Guilfoyle Park in Double Bay is transformed into a little slice of heaven offering you a whole range of everything you need in life. Okay, maybe not eeeeverything but you don’t really need much more than fresh food and pretty flowers, right?
Where: Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay
When: Thursdays, 9am-12pm
Moore Park Foodies and Farmers’ Market
Not only can you stock up the pantry with locally sourced fresh produce, but you can also indulge in a delish market lunch because you’re worth it. Side note, nothing’s better than a bit of two hours of free parking!
Where: EQ Showring, Moore Park
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-2pm
Seaside shopping anyone? The Bondi Markets host the ultimate lazy market atmosphere with bits and bobs so good it’s like raiding your Mum’s wardrobe.
Where: Bondi Beach Public School
When: Every Sunday, 10am—5pm January.
KINGS CROSS ORGANIC MARKET
All the locals know that kicking it in Kings Cross every Saturday is a no-brainer. From local bakeries, restaurants and (obviously) cafes coming to the party, this one is about to become your new weekly must.
Where: Macleay Street, Potts Point
When: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from 13 January 2018.
Best Farmers’ Markets In Sydney’s West
TRAMSHEDS GROWERS MARKETS
Sydney, meet the newest market on the block and trust us, you’re going to want to get yourself here stat. FYI, this one is super spesh because they’ve teamed up with Bodega 1904 to put together a market on a whole other level. Think seasonal fruit and veggies, a bunch of sustainable goodies and a heaaaap of workshops with winemakers, cheesemakers, authors and artists. To make things even better, this one is on rain, hail or shine.
Where: Tramsheds, Glebe
When: Every Sunday, 8am-2pm
Orange Grove Organic Food Markets
From freshly-grown tomatoes to free-range steaks, you’ll find us here on most Saturdays (it would be every Saturday if we could but we swear we have other things to do…).
Where: Orange Grove Public School, Leichhardt
When: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Sydney Vegan Market
Shout out to all our vegan gods and goddesses out there. Don’t drop your avos but boy do we have news for you. This monthly market is filled with cruelty-free goods just for you, and non-vegans, we won’t be surprised if you come out of there as the newest member of the club.
Where: Portuguese Community Club, Marrickville
When: Third Sunday of every month, 9am-4pm
Parramatta Farmers’ Market
If you’re a little extra and you know it, you HAVE to hit up the Parramatta Farmers’ Markets to try their coconut coffee with coconut oil extract and fresh sugar cane juice. We know, aaamazing, right?
Where: Centenary Square Parramatta
When: Fridays 8.30am-2.30pm
CASTLE HILL FARMERS’ & FINE FOOD MARKETS
If you’re from The Hills district, there’s a good chance you’ve checked out these farmers’ markets before. There are over 80 stalls (yep) with just about everything your fridge needs:, cheese, cakes, honey, jams, fish, duck, veggies and gluten-free goodies. Go all out, obviously.
Where: Castle Hill Showground
When: Second and fourth Saturday of the Month,8am - 12pm
CAMDEN FRESH PRODUCE MARKETS
Hit up the Camden Produce Markets for eats set against the picturesque backdrop of the Macarthur Region. You’ll score everything from locally grown fruit, veg and flowers, to meat, eggs, artisan products and homemade baked goods. Is there anything better? The short answer is no, there’s not.
Where: Camden Town Farm, 40 Exeter Street
When: Every Saturday, 7am—12pm
Best Farmers’ Markets In The Blue Mountains
Richmond Good Food Market
This stuff is the freshest of the fresh, completely avoiding chemical and other additives routinely used in mass produced farms, sold in shops and at major supermarkets. Get your paws on fresh produce grown in and around the Hawkesbury region at this Richmond market.
Where: 117 March Street, Richmond
When: Saturdays 8am-1pm
Glenbrook Rotary Farmers’ Markets
On the first Saturday of June you can find the Grow, Bake & Make Market in Glenbrook with fresh EVERYTHING.
Where: 2 Ross Street, Glenbrook
When: First Saturday of June 8am-12pm
The Best Farmers’ Markets On NSW’s Central Coast
Gosford City Farmers’ Markets
Three mushroom and walnut ravioli, green smoothies, kombucha, chees, homemade cookies (yes, can confirm they are squishy) and lemon butter. If you read that without drooling, you’re probably lying. Just one thing, leave the pooch at home for this one.
Where: 4 Racecourse Road, West Gosford
When: Sundays 8am-1pm
Wyong Farmers’ Market
Wyong’s fresh produce market is flowing with milk and honey. They have cow’s milk, goat’s milk and sheep’s milk (who knew there were so many different types of milk?), and homemade pure honey, and the freshest variety of eggs and cheeses. Who doesn’t love a bit of (or a lot of) dairy?
Where: Howarth Street, Wyong
When: Saturdays 7.30am-1pm
The Best Farmers’ Market On NSW’s South Coast
SAGE Farmers’ Market Moruya
Not only can you go see the produce for yourself on a Tuesday afternoon at this market on the NSW south coast, but the freshest food from local producers is also available on their e-market! This means you can actually shop online for fresh produce over the weekend without having shopper’s guilt when you look at your bank balance, because a) excellent cause, and b) fresh food.
Where: Riverside Park, Moruya
When: Tuesdays 3-5.30pm
Kangaroo Valley Farmers’ Markets
At this farmers’ market, you can taste all of the olive oil you have ever dreamed of from Banksia Park Olive Oil, not to mention Eramboo Farm organic meats. No explanation needed.
Where: 165 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
When: Second Sunday of the month, 8.30am-1pm
Nowra Farmers’ Market
Fresh produce sourced every single day from Sydney and seasonal produce from local farmers, Nowra Farmers’ Market offers a range of groceries and deli products including fresh bread, dips, cured meat and spices to add a little oomph to everything you eat.
Where: 111 North Street, Nowra
When: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
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