During 2019, Northside Produce Market celebrates its 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.
After graduating from University in 2001 David MacDonald returned to his hometown of Dundee in Scotland to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps to develop his skills in the butcher trade. In that same year David met an Australian Lass who was visiting her family in Dundee. They married and in 2010 they moved to Natalie’s hometown Sydney. From there David’s Larder - The Scottish Butcher was born located in North Ryde. “We love to create specialties that are close to our Scottish heritage” says David. At his Northside Produce Market stall you will find staff member Sally cooking up and sampling Scottish delicacies such as Gammon, Black Pudding and Haggis. David is passionate about the service offered at his stall and is blessed to have Sally who has served at their stall since they first attended the market 6 years ago. “I really enjoy the strong, community connection of the market and the relationships developed with our very loyal customers over the years”.
Karl Riseborough had wanted to learn how to make beer and after moving from England to Naremburn in Sydney, he felt the time was right and the opportunity arose. After mastering the craft, he went on to open the Flat Rock Brew Cafe in Naremburn, the heart of which is centred around the small scale brewery located downstairs in the café supplying their fresh and exciting brews. Beer is certainly the focus but he also creates soft drinks made with fresh fruit which make a delicious non-alcoholic alternative on a hot day. In 2015, Karl and Flat Rock Brew cafe joined Northside Produce Market. When asked by the market manager Lisa MacDonald if would he be interested in making a brew for the ‘Honey, Honey’ market event, Karl jumped in and joined forces with stallholder Australian Honey Cellars to create a mead that sold out. For our upcoming 20 year anniversary Northside Produce Market, we will be treated to a special celebratory ale. For those of you would who love to learn how to make your own home brew, jump online to the North Sydney Community Centre website to find the latest of Karl’s classes on offer. The next one is on Sunday, September 1st –a great Fathers Day treat.