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 Karen Borg decided she wanted to make cheese 15 years ago, she purchased a book and two goats then set to work! “I’ve been making cheese ever since,” laughs Karen, who runs Willowbrae Chèvre Cheese with husband David. “David is in charge of the dairy and we produce everything from the foothills of the Hawkesbury Valley.” Willowbrae has been selling at Northside Produce Market since 1999, keeping customers happy with an award-winning artisan range that includes mature goat cheese, mature curd cheese, marinated fetta, mould-ripened cheese and a selection of flavoured curd cheeses. “We focus on freshness and quality – our goats are milked twice a day,” Karen adds. “We take the cheeses to a few markets and we love Northside. It’s in a lovely setting and has a good mix of produce and great ambience.” Karen also runs two popular cheese-making classes each term from North Sydney Community Centre. “This Sunday, March 17th I’ll be holding a haloumi making class,” she explains, “everyone will also learn how to make a fresh curd, a ricotta and a baked ricotta in the afternoon– it’s good fun and a lot of cheese gets eaten!”
Ever wondered how honey flavours are created? Then it’s highly recommended that you have a chat with Kris and Lachlan Jarrad of Australian Honey Cellars. As well as keeping 200 beehives in full production, the Jarrads are dedicated to producing rare and distinct honey. “Lachlan has been beekeeping for 20 years and we seek out really unusual flavours that won’t be found on supermarket shelves”explains Kris, who helps to run the business from Harden, three hours from Sydney in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales. “Lachlan travels around the state in search of the perfect trees to hang his hives so they are imbued with delicious flavours. Honey is seasonal, and moving the bees around is what gives each variety its unique taste. We produce limited runs and offer around 30 honey varieties, which means our customers at Northside Produce Market get to try new and interesting flavours from month to month.” Along with their pure Australian honey, the Jarrads sell creamed honey, honeycomb, gift packs and jam. “We really enjoy being a part of Northside,” says Kris. “We have a loyal following and love the family atmosphere.”