Stallholder Features: Mayfarm Flowers + Arlingtons

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.

Stallholder: Mayfarm Flowers

Mayfarm Flowers is a flower farm in Nashadale, 10km on the outskirt of Orange at the foot of Mount Canoblas. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, from an early age Chris May discovered the bounty of nature, the bush was his wonderland.  ‘After a day in the bush, I would go home with a wildflower bouquet for Mum who loved plants and in particular fragrant flowers. Mum showed me the joy that nature can bring and introduced me to my true love… Rosetta, who just happened to be the daughter of a Rose Grower. My journey as a flower man began by selling flowers from the back of a truck on the side of the road. With time I was then able to establish my own farm to grow flowers and have a presence in key farmers markets around Sydney. It has been a long association with Northside Produce Market. We were at the very first market 20 years ago when it was once a month. We had a little hiatus in the middle but came back on board when the market started bi-monthly. We love attending Northside market for its community feel, beyond that I have a deep connection with the area as my Grandfather was given a block of land in Cammeray as a return Soldier from the Great War and my parents were married in St Mary’s North Sydney.

Stallholder: Arlingtons

Arlington’s first opened in February 1990 as a local greengrocer in Seaforth, a suburb of Sydney's beautiful northern beaches. They held a passion for delivering fresh, quality local produce and fine food to customers. Their taste for quality food rapidly extended beyond the grocery store as they started making their own range of hommus, dips and puddings. These were derived from their great grandmothers’ recipes that three generations of the Arlington’s family had grown up loving to eat and they were certain other families would love eating as well. The difference of Arlington’s products is all their foods have no artificial preservatives, artificial colours or artificial flavours. They use only Australian chickpeas and their vegetables and herbs are hand-picked for freshness. Arlington’s has proudly been exhibiting at Northside markets for some 15 years. Darren & his family love talking directly with the customers and hearing feedback & recommendations for the future.