During 2019, Northside Produce Market celebrates it’s 20th year of trading. We couldn’t have done it without all of the dedicated North Sydney Community Centre staff and volunteers, our wonderful customers and of course all of our fabulous stallholders. Throughout the year we will feature some of the stallholders so that you can discover a little more of their story.
When Maltese immigrants Joseph and Lily Grima started a small farm back in the 1980s, little did they know Grima’s Farm Fresh Produce would grow into an award-winning family business still thriving 39 years later. Now operated by the pair’s sons Sam and Stephen and their wives, Theresa and Sharon, the farm is based in Horsley Park and the family have long been regular stallholders at Northside Produce Market. Priding themselves on quality and freshness from grower to consumer, the Grima’s offer a wide range of vegetables. “We primarily grow seasonal vegetables, as well as vegetables grown all year round, such as rhubarb, several beetroot varieties, fennel, baby fennel, heirloom carrots, radishes and turnips,” explains Sharon. In the warmer months, the Grima’s grow broccoli, cauliflower, baby leaks and spinach, while the colder months see zucchini, peppers, bunches of garlic appearing on their colourful Northside market stall. Next time you’re visiting the market, be sure to enquire about the Grima’s chioggia beetroot – it’s a pre-1840 heirloom variety that has a mild taste and is one of the farm’s specialities. “Our customers at Northside really appreciate the freshness of the vegetables and the fact that they last,” adds Theresa. “We have built really good relationships with some of our regulars and always enjoy the interaction with them.
After originally establishing La Tartine in France with a relative and two friends, Nick and Lottie Anthony headed back to Australia in 1997 ready to introduce sourdough bread to a new audience. In the years since, La Tartine has become a Sydney institution for those that appreciate certified organic bread made the old-fashioned way – by hand. In order to ensure organic certification is retained and that all products taste great, the bakery uses the highest-quality certified organic flours, grains and fruits. The extensive sourdough range comes in several flavours, including pumpkin, walnut, rye & caraway, olive, black rye, sesame and multigrain. There’s also a delicious sourdough fruit loaf plus sourdough rolls and baguettes on offer. “Our fruit loaf is always very popular at Northside – it’s filled with figs, dried apricots and sultanas, and has roasted almonds on the outside,” says Mark, Nick's brother who along with other family members has been selling La Tartine’s products at the market since it first opened. “Our spelt is also a good seller because it’s easy to digest and is suitable for people with a wheat intolerance.” Operating out of Somersby, in the Central Coast region, Mark attends Northside Produce Market on the 3rd saturday of each month: “We really like the market because of its beautiful location, friendly organisers and our nice regular customers – it’s a great atmosphere.