Get thee to a farmers’ market

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Each Saturday the country comes to the city for the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market located in the old railway workshop & yards at 243 Wilson St, Darlington (not far from Redfern Station).

“Every Saturday, local NSW based farmers and artisan food producers bring their fresh and seasonal produce they grow, rear or make direct to the Market for the community.
The 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.”

As Eveleigh Farmers’ Market is located in our old neighbourhood we witnessed & anticipated the development of the old rail yards & workshops precinct, the G.O. making a hands-on contribution rehabilitating the shed housing the Eveleigh Markets.

We love markets, and Eveleigh Markets was a favourite, handily only 2 blocks from our old apartment. So it was this drizzly Saturday morning, the G.O. unusually not at work, we ventured the now 2km walk to stock up on goodies. In preparation we grabbed a couple of strong shopping bags and stopped at the ATM en route. Returning home the wallets would be light & the bags heavy.

The haul: baby cucumbers, Yalla guava yoghurt, Yalla vanilla yoghurt + chocolate mousse, Fine Fettle Zucchini & Almond flats, roma tomatoes, red onions, lemons, Ausbuff Stuff buffalo sausages & buffalo mozzarella, Otway Red potatoes, Sapphire potatoes, wholemeal sourdough bread (which the stall holder explained was infused with ginger syrup to make it more suitable for the gluten intolerant), new season pink lady apples, new season mandarins, falafels, Warrigal Greens (Aussie native spinach), zucchini flower fritters, brie, Farmgate organic free range bacon, swiss brown mushrooms, Pepe’s duck sausages, brie, spiced pear tart, choc walnut brownies, Lush plain yoghurt.

As well as purchasing, we entrée’d on free samples of cheese, yoghurts, felafel, sweet apples, crisps with baba ganoush, truffle infused olive oils & stuffed vine leaves (neither to the G.O.’s taste), tiny pieces of melt in the mouth steak, and brunched on Moobi Valley Meat steak sandwiches.

Once home, we refuelled on spiced pear tart & choc walnut brownies with dollops of Lush yoghurt accompanied by strong coffees.

Even though slightly exxy, the rest of our purchases with what’s already in the fridge & cupboards will provide us with a menu for the week:

Dinner tonight of duck sausages, baked Otway Red potatoes, and for me Warrigal Greens (Australian native spinach).

Dinner tomorrow night of buffalo sausages, baked Sapphire potatoes, salad of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes & red onion.

Midweek dinners of:
Zucchini & Almond flats, brie & pink lady apples.
Falafel and salad of baby cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions.
Toasted wholemeal sourdough bread with swiss brown mushrooms sautéed in butter.
Zucchini flower fritters with Farmgate organic free range bacon and salad of baby cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions.

Weekday snacks for the G.O.:
Yalla guava yoghurt.
Yalla vanilla yoghurt + chocolate mousse.
New season mandarins & pink lady apples.

Breakfasts & lunches for me:
Lush plain yoghurt with berries & my own homemade muesli.
Sourdough bread, Warrigal Greens, baby cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, buffalo mozzarella.

“Hobbits love their food and enjoy simple, home country food and drink like home-brewed beer and wine, soups, stews, roasted meats, lots of fruits like apples and blackberries which they grow and pick.” Bilbo Baggins

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21 thoughts on “Get thee to a farmers’ market

    Cara Olsen said:
    July 8, 2012 at 4:12 am

    You came away with a bundle of delicious foods! We have many wonderful Farmer’s Markets around here, though I rarely take advantage of them. These pictures inspire me to wake up early enough to go. 😉

    ~ Cara

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thank you. We didn’t even have to wake up early but it’s better when you do. I have also inspired me to get out & about more 😉

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    1cruzdelsur said:
    July 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Wonderful your post. Now it is almost time for dinner and your´s photographic shots. “Appetite came”. Thank you for sharing what your eyes could see. .)

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Thank you. It’s great market. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while 🙂

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    happydancecat said:
    July 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, can I please come over for dinner? And lunch, and breakfast, and snacks?? Gorgeous.

    Cat

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you. Well, there’s plenty… 🙂 Once we get over the excitement of having all these goodies, we’ll make it last the week & more.

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    rumpydog said:
    July 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Our weekly Farmer’s Market isn’t as fancy, but Jen does buy us some good veggies there each Saturday. And I am the mayor on Foursquare! woo woo woo!

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

      Thank you Rumpy 🙂 I’m glad you like veggies. It is a pretty flash farmers’ market but the farmers are down to earth and interesting to chat with, and dogs are welcome.

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    paralaxvu said:
    July 9, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I am definitely hieing me to a local farmer’s market asap…I need the fresh air, the fresh food, the fresh people connection…thanks for such a great post and a great idea!

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Thnx 🙂 I hadn’t been to Eveleigh Mkts for a while – combo of busy, slack & still sooky re moving. There are other markets quite local as well. Being inner Sydney we are fortunate. I’ll re-visit them & WP share in due course. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy venturing out!

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    smackedpentax said:
    July 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    excellent! a good read..looks like you eat really healthily with tons of variety. We have a farmers market in the town that I live in – once a month, but yours sounds much better.

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you. The farmers’ markets make it easy & more fun that going to Coles. I love the free samples 🙂

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    roughseasinthemed said:
    July 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Coles! lol!! Anyway, there is some extremely nice looking (veg) produce there, and love the use of the old station, great venue. Looks like you are doing my menus for the week and salad pot syndrome too. In fact partner’s salad pots are now filled to overflowing and the boring old sandwiches are totally subsidiary. We got a good haul at the weekend too, 16 pimientos, seven tomatoes and four courgette – all totally fresh, and better still, free from our nieghbours 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Coles, Woolies have finally sorted out their online/home delivery shopping system enabling us to do a month+ shop for the boring heavy utilitarian stuff, leaving my Saturdays free for fresh food shopping. Free, fresh stuff from the neighbours beats the markets but given it’s weeks until our next foray up north and the season, we’ll have to make do as even the apartments’ community garden is looking wintery-lean. The G.O. is not one much for “green stuff” but fortunately as many of my preferences align with yours, he is partial to many vege options which the markets cater for & do so well… better than me, obviously.

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        roughseasinthemed said:
        July 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        I knew I forgot to write something. (Mention of the GO reminded me) – no tins of beans and sausages then? 😀

        I took some pix of my presents but I’m on pic and blog overload right now!!

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    Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial said:
    July 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Lovely post, Ella Dee! We love Eveleigh as well – can’t imagine what it must have been like living a couple of blocks away though. The parking around there is a nightmare on Saturday mornings! Fascinated by the SD with infused ginger – will look out for it next time! That’s quite a haul for the old nanna trolley.. 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Thank you. I hadn’t been to EM for a while & after your post, it took a couple of weekends but we got there 🙂 No nanna trolley – it is a bumpy walk from the St Peters end of Erko, plus the G.O. came along as bag carrier. The bread is from La Tartine. We got duck sausages from Pepe’s this time but the Duck Marylands [which you got] from Thirlmere are on the list for next time. The buffalo produce stall was new for us, and we loved the gelato, mozzarella & sauages.

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    denisediscovers said:
    July 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    You’ve inspired me to go to the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market the next time I’m in Sydney!

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you. I’m pleased. WordPress is magic… I hadn’t been to Eveleigh Markets for a while, & another blogger posted about it, prompting me to go 🙂

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    philosophermouseofthehedge said:
    July 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Love farmer’s markets – this one looks like a fun day’s trip (and yummy stuff)

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Thank you. Yes, you could make a day of it. Market shop in the morning, wander home, spend the rest of the day eating, make a lovely dinner… I must go back soon 🙂

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