The trend for markets in Sydney is growing. The newest kid on the block is the Eveleigh Markets at the Carriageworks in Redfern. This huge space works perfectly for a market, with it’s vast undercover space, large outdoor space, cafes and station close by.
When I arrive just on 10am, on an extremely muggy Saturday, the market is already packed with families and cool urban dwellers checking out the tasty goodies on offer.
There are a lot of stalls you’ve seen at other markets before: Brilliant Food with their super smoked ocean trout rilettes (I buy this rarely because I gorge myself silly on it!), Pukara Estate, Salt Bush Lamb, Darling Mills Farm, Jannei Goats Cheese, Eumundi Smokehouse and many others, but there are also other I haven’t seen before.
One of these is Healthy Feast with their delicious range of cakes, pastries, biscuits and other goodies for those with food sensitivities like lactose intolerance and coeliacs etc
This huge market also bought a little of the country to the city. Recently featured in Good Living in the SMH was Rent-a-Chook. This wonderful idea let’s you try before you buy and invite a little chicken into your yard. Apartment dwellers like me, can only dream of a yard and chooks!
There was also a lovely cow, who was apparently being milked though I didn’t see this:
Poor cow didn’t seem to be enjoying the heat, but the children loved her…
Other highlights included beautiful Christmas trees for sale
The lovely ladies from Gumnut Chocolates with their sinful treats. The Jaffa Brandy chocolate sauce is to die for:
However, the most spectacular treat for foodies other than me (as I don’t really eat pork) was Hugh Wennerbom’s suckling pigs…
There was a huge queue for these little piggies and a lovely long table decorated with oranges (the markets trademark) for everyone to sit together to eat…A truly communal experience..
The other highlight for the little ones, was the arrival of “Farmer Christmas” ringing his bell and handing out oranges
Being so close to Christmas there was a real festival spirit inhabiting proceedings. It was such a great atmosphere and I can’t wait until the markets kick off more regularly from February next year.
Eveleigh Farmers Market
243 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Opposite Carriage Works
Commences weekly from 28 February 2009