I wish I had my own veggie patch – and a green thumb too – but as it is the local farmers market is where I find out what’s in season and fresh from the ground. I love the idea of shortening the distance food travels from the earth to my table and I want to support Australian farmers growing beautiful food the right way – without chemicals. That’s why it’s disappointing that sellers at so many markets just seem to pick up their produce at the same international food terminals as the big grocers do.
For slow foodies and urbanites looking to make a connection with regional farmers and artisianal producers, the Sydney Sustainable Markets are the real deal. In an area known for hipsters and up-all-night party people, organic fruit and veg aren’t what you’d normally expect to find at Taylor Square first thing on a Saturday morning. But the village square atmosphere of the weekly markets brings out another side of the community by providing the perfect setting for a leisurely browse of all the ingredients and goodies on offer. It’s where I find inspiration for what to cook during the week. And as the weather warms, it’s the ideal place to stock up on picnic fare before catching an Oxford St. bus to Bondi.