It’s our final Northside Produce Market for the year and as always it’s filled with wonderful fresh produce, artisan gourmet goodies and for this special Christmas market we have invited some old and new faces with their beautiful handcrafted homewares.
Many of you know local resident Bruce Gibson and the adorable reindeers that he creates from fallen tree limbs in the area. This Saturday Bruce’s wife Janet Watson will also be selling Christmas wreaths of varying sizes made from naturally grown materials at their stall. Janet has woven Australian native vines, pods and flowers, grapevines from her Sister’s property in Canberra to ivy that she grows in her garden in North Sydney. There’ll also be some unadorned for you to have fun decorating.
We discovered local artist Karen Tam when she held a class teaching her much appreciated natural and traditional dyeing techniques at the Community Centre. So we invited her to this market to have a stall selling her naturally dyed table napery and tea towels using natural fibres such as linen and organic hemp /cotton dyed with food waste and other ingredients such as wind fallen leaves, branches and also florist waste.
You may not know ‘The Smiths’ who reside on Scotland Island. This talented couple are inspired by and use their surroundings to create beautiful functioning works of art. Paul Smith has been a master printmaker/carver for over 3 decades and has recently turned his hand to making spoons. Each piece of found wood dictates the spoons shape and personality, so no two are alike. Tracy Smith is an artist ceramicist. Her plates and bowls have the local flora imprinted in them. They are rustic and quirky like the shrubs they reflect and worthy of display when not using them.
If you are after a great cookbook or two, then you are in luck this Saturday. Food writer Barbara Sweeney of Food and Words has hundreds of quality, preloved as-new cookbooks to sell priced from $10. Barbara will not only suggest the perfect cookbook for the novice, chef-obsessed or healthy cook you need to buy a gift for but she will also gift wrap it.
Some of our 1st Saturday of the month stallholders will be at this market and we welcome Su Murray and Comboyne Orchard from beautiful Comboyne near Port Macquarie. At this market Su has their Hass avocadoes grown chemically free on the famous fertile red soil and jams and marmalades made from their organically grown citrus.
The 1st North Sydney Scouts return with their fresh fir trees and it’s not too late to place an order online for easy pick up at the market. The same applies for any of our stallholders but I wouldn’t leave it too late as you wouldn’t want to miss out on your favorite leg ham, garlic plaits, pudding, festive treats and the list goes on…….
As is tradition, we will be closed on the 1st Saturday in January and reopen on January 19th in 2019 which will be our 20th year! We wish everybody an enjoyable festive season and thank all of our terrific stallholders and customers, the North Sydney Community Centre staff, committee and volunteers and North Sydney Council for contributing and supporting a wonderful community market. We look forward to seeing everybody on Saturday and again come the New Year.
Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator.