Northside Produce Market - Saturday December 18

It's our final market for 2021 and it’s our Christmas market. If you haven’t placed your festive fare orders for this market, we recommend doing so asap, so as not to be disappointed.

A break from the rain makes for happier farmers and seasonal stallholder Guy Roth tells us that these sunny days and cool nights in Mudgee make their Simone variety of cherries, large and sweet.

We didn’t get a chance to welcome Curiously Cauli in our last Market News. Customers thoroughly enjoyed their range of Cauli Crackers, Crispbread and Dips and Farren is excited to introduce their Cauli Roast with Cashew and Herb Stuffing. They are a delicious, healthy alternative to meat roasts, simple to prepare and have been very popular at the Farmers markets in Melbourne where Farren and Bianca just moved from.

Avocados Grown at Bobs Farm are back for their one and only stall with us for this season. Covid threw a spanner in the works and my, how we’ve missed their Avos.

Pepe Saya returns and Pepe himself will be selling their range of cultured butter. Pepe tells us that like many in the food and hospitality industry, they have been struggling to find staff and hence their recent absence from the market. If you or anyone you know would be interested in working at their stall, make the most of this opportunity to talk with the man himself about the market job.

We have to recommend a serving of Crumpets By Merna - Christmas tree crumpets with Pepe Saya’s Maple Butter whilst at the market because it’s just so yummy. The maple syrup oozes over the butter and crumpet and it’s finger licking good!

We love that Barbara Sweeney has her annual cookbook sale at our Chrissy market. This year’s collection has plenty of excellent condition Ottolenghi and Oliver and also some hard-to-find books such as Neil Perry’s ‘The Food I Love To Eat'. Did Neil give Barbara a copy when he spoke at her recent Food and Words live and online event?  

Next year, the North Sydney Community Centre (NSCC) turns 50 and we would love to hear from you regarding any stories and images that you are happy to share. Northside Produce Market is a fundraiser for the independent, not for profit NSCC which is the supportive foundation of the market. Email with your anecdotes etc.

A reminder that as always, the market is closed on the 1st Saturday in January and reopens in 2022 on Saturday, January 15.

With the easing of the Government’s restrictions as of December 15th, in the interest of everyone’s safety, we encourage you to practice the following whilst at the market:

  • Pre-order where possible.
  • Do not attend the market if you are unwell.
  • QR check in and out of the market via the QR code posters situated around the market.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.
  • Shop ’n Tap
  • Use hand sanitiser available at every stall.

On behalf of the NSCC, I thank all of our wonderful Northside Produce Market stallholders, patrons, staff and volunteers for making the market what it is. I feel that since we reopened after this last lockdown, the sense of community is even greater and so is the appreciation of what the market has to offer. 

Thanks also goes to North Sydney Council for enabling the free ‘Check In & Tune Up' and the ‘Behind The Scenes’ Market tours that occur throughout the year.

I wish everyone a happy festive season and I look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday morning and then again in the New year.

Lisa MacDonald - Northside Produce Market Coordinator