Northside Produce Market - Saturday July 16

Many of our farmers have had a very tough run of recent, with all of the rain and they look forward to seeing your smiling faces this Saturday at Northside Produce Market, which will help lift their spirits. 

The sweet news is that Chocolate Artisan joins the market and as a special treat, chocolatier Jessica Pedemont is making both the milk and dark versions of her Chocolate Buttercrunch. Buttery, crunchy caramel made using stallholder Pepe Saya’s Cultured Butter, raw organic Bundaberg sugar and a hint of organic vanilla bean from Manus Island, is sandwiched between house made chocolate, created from ethically sourced, premium, sundried, organic cacao beans.

Our education on real chocolate will be further enhanced at the Chocolate Artisan stall near the fountain, by the chocolate deliciousness and cacao from the social enterprise South Pacific Cacao, established by Jessica and Brian Atkin.

Having celebrated Naidoc Week and this year’s theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!, it’s fitting that Bush to Bowl - a 100 per cent owned aboriginal business, will be at this market with a range of native, edible plants for you to grow, from their nursery in the Northern beaches. The range includes Cinnamon Myrtle, Aniseed Myrtle, Native Raspberry, Apple Berry, Native Ginger, Finger Limes and Bolwarra - the Native Guava as well as flowering natives, groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

There are only a few places left at the Bushtucker workshop that Clarence from Bush to Bowl, will be holding after the market from 2 – 3.30pm at our North Sydney Community Centre. Learn to identify a range of traditional, bushtucker plants and how to use these plants to prepare delicious bushfoods. Enjoy an afternoon tea of bushtucker tastings, teas and tonics and damper infused with bushfoods. Book here!

Kris and Loch of Australian Honey Cellars are relieved their beehives are close to home in Harden during this major, biosecurity threat of the deadly varroa mite. They are worried about the parasite spreading and with the upcoming great almond pollination due to occur around the end of July, the current Government ban on moving hives, if continued, would be devastating. Their bees are also responsible for the pollination of oranges, followed by macadamias, avocados, cherries and other stone fruits. Bee supportive and pop down to their stall this Saturday morning and show them you care. 

Ms Mary Jane’s new addition to her menu – French Toast is going down an absolute treat this Winter at the market and no wonder. Thick slices of English Muffin are dipped into their free-range egg, cinnamon and vanilla bean mix, fried on the grill plate and served with crispy, free-range bacon on top. Maple syrup is then drizzled over the lot. In one word - yum!

The very cold weather has extended Avocados Grown at Bobs Farm season of their smooth skinned Fuertes. This is much to Neil's liking, as these smooth skinned avocados that remain green when ripe, are his all-time favourite. They will also have at their stall in the top area of the park, the creamy, nutty fruit from their Hass avocado trees.

The Australian Red Cross have recently opened up a new Blood Donor Centre down the road on Miller Street, and they are holding a stall up in the Council carpark area of the market to help spread the word to our community. Find out more and /or sign-up whist there to give blood. 

It’s looking like we can delight in a rain free market this July 16. See you there!

Lisa MacDonald - Northside Produce Market Coordinator

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Sydney and 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.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.
  • Shop ’n Tap
  • Use hand sanitiser available at every stall.