Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and bad music? The hustle and bustle of the people, the colourful stall holders and the different smells wafting from the various food stalls make a day at the markets a truly enjoyable way to do the dreaded groceries.
On the 1st of May, Martin place transformed into a pop-up market, bringing all things local with fresh produce stalls, entertainments and workshops. The pop-up market kicked off the inaugural ‘Markets in May’ campaign aiming to bring some of Sydney’s regular stallholders to the CBD to get city workers to sample their produce and engage in discussions about sustainability and buying local food.
The local business goers of martin place were certainly in for a lunch time treat with the pop-up markets boasting a plethora of incredible food stalls. Each stall offered the best local produce available.
The presence of Brassiere Bread, giving samples of their artisan bread, based solely on three simple ingredients: flour, water and salt. I was in luck with the opportunity to taste my favourite bread- soy and linseed sourdough, and boy it was good. I know most bread is, but this is even better. And the butter, oh the butter, it is all you will be thinking about for the next week. Pepe Saya – Australian cultured butter is made using the best local ingredients- milk from their happy cows, filtered water and a dash of home grown Aussie salt. The results of these basic ingredients are incredible. The butter is somewhere between a smooth cream cheese and creamy fresh butter straight from the farm. The two complement each other beautifully.
After I had finished devouring numerous pieces of bread and butter, the seafood stall caught my eye. Usually, when one things of delicious seafood you instantly envision fresh fish that was caught that very morning. Brilliant Food, however, brings seafood to another level with their smoked range. A proud producer of the finest Australian smoked seafood since 2005. Smoked trout, salmon and kingfish; not to mention their rillettes, perfect for canapés that will have your friends raving for years to come.
Gwydir Grove, Premium Olive Oil and Olive Oil products were also present. Gwydir Grove is more than just olive oil. What they produce is a product that has been crafted from years of passion and dedication using traditional methods to extract the natural flavours. Offering a range of oils- Olive oil, infused oils, Agrumato and fusions oils. The Agrumato was the stand out with the blend of fresh citrus fruit and fresh olives together, creating the perfect flavour on your palate.
Maggie McKeevers provide freshly prepared handmade food so you can eat well, play more. Their meals are designed using Grandma’s very own recipes to change the view on ready meals. Signature home bake, lasagna, chilli con carne, pies and spaghetti are as good as if it came straight from your grandma’s own oven. Tarlart Thai is also changing the name of ready to go meals. Offering premium sauces, soups and curries made from fresh local ingredients. The perfect ‘cheat’ meal to impress your friends.
Currong Comestibles were keeping it real with their great range of Aboriginal bush food products. Creating unique food products of chutneys and shrubs; using native Australian ‘bush tucker’ ingredients. Currong Comestibles offer a different style of product that it refreshing and ensures you will get an abundance of traditional flavours with each mouthful.
A market isn’t a market without a stall full of herbs and spices and the name says it all. Key To Fine Foods offer gourmet spice mixes which are meticulously blended, found and vacuum-sealed. Using their spice mixes will ensure you will be sitting down to healthy, clean and delicious meals.
After demolishing the savoury stalls it was time to move onto the sweets and I was in for a treat with Arlingtons and the Dessertmakers present. Arlingtons operates from their kitchens in Sydney’s Northern beaches. Their range features fruit and coconut tapioca puddings, all of which are gluten and dairy free. They also have delicious dips and pesto that I would recommend for the next time you want to indulge. Dessertmakers create the most scrumptious apple pie I have ever tasted; it is a treat to the taste buds. Each pie is handmade using some of the finest locally sourced ingredients. All of their recipes use Australian produce from handmade cultured butter, milk and cream direct form the farm, free range eggs and quality spices.
Go-go healthy was there to ensure that all of us health nuts did not miss out. They fill the gap in the market for tasty, healthy, gluten free goods. Breakfast will never be boring again with their nourishing Chia, Coconut and Honey crunchy Granola. They also have great snacks for when you are in a rush. The quinoa proton cookies are perfect for an express brekkie.
In all, it was a great day at the markets, full of locally made, Australian produce.
To view market events happening near you this May, visit The Local Market Guide