I feel like everyone has their one thing they like to do on the weekends. Jump in the ocean, get lunch with friends, do some exercise, do nothing at all, binge watch harry potter…my thing is going to farmers markets. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to travel with my parents and brother to some amazing places. One of the first things that we would do when we arrived somewhere new, is check out the local farmers markets. It’s where you will get the best, freshest in-season produce, and one of the best parts is that it normally costs a lot less than buying from the store. If you’re not into farmers markets, that’s okay, but when you go to the store and buy an avocado for $7, and I’m buying mine for 4 for $5 from an organic, local producer, don’t be surprised when I say “I told you so”.
I’d been wanting to go to the Farmers Market at Carriageworks since my first week in Sydney. They’re only on Saturdays from 8am-1pm, so the window to go isn’t the biggest (and I don’t drive..which is a whole other topic). Like most people our weekends tend to get busy with social commitments and the odd work commitment, so sadly, it took me nearly 2 years to get there. I would say there are few things that I regret more than not going to these markets sooner (possibly not getting my drivers license?). They are awesome. It’s held in a large, high-ceiling warehouse filled to the brim with vendors and producers selling the best of everything. Fresh pasta, beautiful flowers, Vietnamese pho, bagels (it’s so hard to find good bagels in Sydney!), cheese, vegetables, herbs, bread, French pastries, bacon, olive oil, fruits…I could literally go on talking about this forever. Long story short, if you haven’t been you should go, if you think you don’t like farmers markets, you should go, if you eat food, you should go, if you live in Sydney and you have not been, you are an idiot. I’m serious, you are an idiot.