If you follow me on twitter you may have recently seen me chatting with @katiefarmgate - Katie has been telling everyone for weeks of the bounty she brings down to Sydney for various farmers' markets each week from her family farm Nashdale Fruit Co just near Orange, a good 6 hours away...
Anyway I've been desperate to make some fig jam, and when she mentioned she was going to be in Manly, I got very excited and asked if she was bringing figs... the answer was a no :( However that same afternoon she reported her Dad had just picked some and was bringing some the next day to the Marrickville Markets.
These markets are not local to me, but such is my desire for figs, it didn't matter, we set out on our adventure and with our frills we entered the markets at around 10.30am. It was much bigger than I was expecting, quite the reverse of our recent trip to the Richmond Farmers Market. Lots of stalls, fast (fresh) food, variety and even a jumping castle for the kids.
On the way in we came across a great stall with different flavoured licorice. I love licorice so this was totally irresistible to me, and we shared a long strap of ice-cream flavoured licorice for $3.
I found myself looking like somewhat of a stalker trying to find Katie at the many fruit and veg stalls.. finally after embarrassing myself (twice!) we found her gorgeous stall with very friendly helpers and lots of cool produce. Soon the very bubbly and friendly Katie led me to my figs and told me that Jared Ingersol had coveted them earlier in the morning, luckily she had saved them for me (sorry Jared - not!). I added some Pink Lady apples off the tree, some gorgeous baby fennel and some red anjou pears and some quinces.. ahh produce heaven.
|Moine, Moine, MINE!|
We had a good look around - I grabbed myself a cheese and spinach gozleme - they are prepared fresh before your eyes for $7 - and could easily feed two peckish people or one starving individual or a few kids!
But our best discovery was the 'Tornado Potatoes'. Similar concept to 'twisty fries' but SO much nicer, and pretty clever. The owner of the business, , has just recently started at Marrickville markets and in his business in general. He designed the potato twisting apparatus and had it made in Norway. They use South Australian Dean potatoes and they are crispy and delicious - not fatty tasting and you can have them with all kinds of salt -cajun, garlic, classic plus others - they are $4 each or two for $7. Definitely check them out!
If you're in Sydney at a loose end on a Sunday I really recommend it - the produce is excellent, freshly picked and of the best quality - it will last you so much longer too as it's not cold stored, it's only been recently harvested!
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