I was fortunate to attend the ‘sold out’ Soil to Plate event on Friday, March 12th. Farmers, shopkeepers, stallholders, students, politicians and consumers, all were likeminded in their interest in and advocacy for Regenerative Agriculture. Key speaker 5thgeneration farmer, Charles Massy who wrote the Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture A New Earth and guest speaker, Landcare award winner and Biodynamic famer Charlie Arnott further inspired us in discussing their experiences of having implemented this type of farming and experiencing rewarding benefits.
It was great to catch up with Ben and Michelle from Free Range Butcher at the event who have attended Northside Produce Market since 2009. In supporting regenerative farming, they have a close relationship with Charlie Arnott, who supplies Ben with biodynamic lamb from his farm in Boorowa, NSW. As I type this, Ben is on his way to meet with a regenerative farmer in Gunnedah. It is fantastic that more and more famers are reversing the negative effects of industrial agriculture.
Crumpets by Merna are back at Northside Produce Market and we’re hopping with joy to taste handmade, fermented Bunny crumpets. Eat them hot with Pepe Saya cultured butter and / or grab a pack to go. Ask Merna the secret spices and other ingredients in her Easter special - but don't tell anyone!
Paddy the Baker is celebrating St Patrick and his Irish culture with his delicious St Paddy special - a loaf of his Irish bread and two potato loaves in a Paddy the Baker carry bag.
Shinji Hiraoka’s Organic Miso & Soy Sauce Making workshop is fully booked but add your name to the waitlist and be updated for upcoming classes. Speak with the miso maestro himself about his workshops at his Enokido Miso stall.
The local magazine Northsider gals, Belinda and Anna are stocked up with their Autumn publication. We love the support they give to our community and what they unearth and share with us. I find this edition to be their best yet.
Get on your bike and ride to market to see Thomas from The Rolling Fix who is servicing bikes for free. As always, we are thankful to North Sydney Council for supporting this community initiative.
NSW Seniors Week is coming up in April and we are holding our annual Seniors Only - Behind the Scenes Northside Produce Market Tour on April 17. Book now on the Centre’s website in the Market Events page as places fill fast.
This Saturday is sure to bring great produce and happy farmers, no matter what the weather. If it is raining, pop on your raincoat and gumboots and bring a smile to the growers and makers.
See you Saturday rain, hail or shine. I’ll be in my sparkly, silver gumboots just in case.
Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator