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Eveleigh Farmers Market, Sydney

15/06/2015 | By

Travel and food – for me they are inseparable, so I jumped at the chance to visit  Eveleigh Farmers Market on a recent short trip to Sydney.

Brilliant Food - that just about sums up Eveleigh Farmers Market!

Brilliant Food – that just about sums up Eveleigh Farmers Market!

Brilliant Food produces an award-winning range of smoked seafood products.

I don’t get up to Sydney very often at all these days, so when I was there for couple of days last month for the Sydney Writers Festival and was invited for a morning trip to Eveleigh Farmers Market I jumped at the chance to squeeze just one more thing into an already busy schedule.

Housed in an old blacksmiths workshop in the historical Eveleigh railyards, Eveleigh Farmers Market began trading in 2009 and operates under a strict charter to ensure authenticity, origin, knowledge, sustainability and excellence.  All produce offered for sale is required to be sourced directly from farmers, chefs and artisan producers who grow, rear or prepare them and must be grown or raised within New South Wales or the ACT. (In the case of value-added products, 50% of the final value must be added in NSW or the ACT.)

Beautifully designed labels at Pasta Emilia - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Beautifully designed labels at Pasta Emilia – Eveleigh Farmers Market

Pasta Emilia - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Pasta Emilia – Eveleigh Farmers Market

Organic, traditional fresh pasta and sauces from Pasta Emilia, made using locally sourced ingredients with some signature ingredients from Italy.

Divine loaves from Bread and Butter Project - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Divine loaves from the Bread & Butter Project – Eveleigh Farmers Market

Set up and managed by the Bourke Street Bakery, the Bread & Butter Project is a social enterprise bakery. The project provides a paid, TAFE-accredited 12 month training program in baking for refugees and asylum seekers.

While Eveleigh may not be the oldest farmers market in town, it is certainly one of the most popular, if the crowds there during my visit were any indication. On a brilliantly sunny, winter (well, their version of winter at any rate) morning I found myself elbowing my way through the throng of local shoppers – most of whom appear to attend complete with small children, shopping carts and the family dog. I’m still a little surprised about the latter.

Raw, organic fermented courmet food range from Ferment It - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Fermented gourmet food range from Ferment It – Eveleigh Farmers Market

Ferment It produce a raw, organic fermented gourmet food range which includes krauts, kimnchi, chutney and do-it-yourself starter packs.

Yalla products - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Yalla products – Eveleigh Farmers Market

Yalla produces a delicious range of soups, dips, desserts and yoghurts much appreciated for their freshness and distinctive Mediterranean flavours – think strawberry and pomegranate yoghurt, beetroot sumac relish and green tahini.

Eat Your Weeds - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Eat Your Weeds – Eveleigh Farmers Market

No such thing as too many spuds! Potatoes - Eveleigh Farmers Market

No such thing as too many spuds! Potatoes – Eveleigh Farmers Market

There are over 70 stalls at the market which span a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pasta, nuts, baked goods, olive oils, native produce and a delicious selection of stalls selling a range of breakfasts. My guide and I did a quick whizz around all of the food stalls so that I could see what was on offer, before we refuelled. After agonising over the choices – omelets, crepes, pho, Vietnamese pancakes from Billy Kwong, I happily settled into a quiet corner with a ‘crooked madam’ – a toasted sourdough sandwich with ham, gruyere, fried egg, barbecue sauce and Dijon mustard from chef Alex Herbert’s Bird Cow Fish stall.

Salted caramel eclairs and pannacotta lamingtons from Flour and Stone - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Swoon. Salted caramel eclairs and pannacotta lamingtons from Flour and Stone – Eveleigh Farmers Market.

Be still, my beating heart! An entire stall devoted to brownies  - Eveleigh Farmers Market.

Be still, my beating heart! An entire stall devoted to brownies – Eveleigh Farmers Market.

Serious Deleria iced coffee mix - Eveleigh Farmers Market

Serious Deleria single origin iced coffee mix – Eveleigh Farmers Market.

Of course, I was never going to leave without sampling some of the simply stunning baked goods and sweet treats available. I fell deeply in love with Sweet Acres Brownie Bar – what’s not to love about an entire stall dedicated to brownies?

However, I have heard much about the wonderful Flour and Stone, who also have a stall at Eveleigh Markets now, so was very happy to follow that up with some serious fieldwork. If I lived in Sydney I think I’d set about making Nadine Ingram of Flour and Stone my new best friend. Her products are simply exceptional – as you’d expect from someone who has worked at La Gavroche and The Ivy in London. Her glorious stall was utterly ravaged well before closing time, but I’d made sure to reserve some strategic purchases – purely for research purposes, you understand. It’s just a shame I couldn’t manage to carry more.

Things of  butter and sugar from Flour and Stone - Eveleigh Farmers Market.

Things of butter and sugar from Flour and Stone – Eveleigh Farmers Market.

More wonderful things of  butter and sugar from Flour and Stone - Eveleigh Farmers Market.

More wonderful things of butter and sugar from Flour and Stone – Eveleigh Farmers Market.

 

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  1. Kate
    15/06/2015

    Such amazing produce – gives me a pang of homesickness. Also kudos to the Bread & Butter Project.

  2. Liz (Good Things)
    15/06/2015

    What a fabulous market it seems, Amanda! I haven’t managed to get there yet, wish I had done so while Ester was still alive x

  3. Helen | Grab Your Fork
    21/06/2015

    So glad you managed to make it to Eveleigh Market. And yes I’m often sad I don’t work closer to Flour & Stone but also kinda relieved I don’t! lol

  4. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    23/06/2015

    How good are the markets?! I could while away days in the food section of market places.
    Travel & food …. Yep, they go together like peas and carrots. #best

  5. Sal
    24/06/2015

    I was there a few weeks ago and Brilliant Food’s Smoked Kingfish Rillettes was the bomb!