Market #2 – Eveleigh Market
Address: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Open: Saturdays 8:00am-1:00pm
My hubby, Tom, and I went to the Eveleigh Market for the first time last Saturday and I can already say without a doubt, “we’ll be back” (in my best Arnie Schwarzenegger voice).
I’m not going to lie, parking near the markets is luck of the draw and takes some patient stalking. You’ve got to have your eyes peeled and be ready to take any potential walkers-by you see with car keys in their hot little hands. Although, I’ve since learnt that a Park ‘n’ Ride service is available from Australian technology Park.
As we approached the markets we were already passing lots of couples and families armed with olive oil, fresh greens and more, and eating something delicious that resembled crepes, Paree style.
The Eveleigh markets are nestled in Redfern in the old Carriageworks, making them secure from any dodgy weather. As soon as we walked in we both had a sense of relief; they resembled a mini Borough Market (those who’ve been to Borough Markets in London will know what I mean). We covered the entire market in about half an hour, greedily accepting samples from stall owners including some rather adventurous products, such as alpaca sausages (not dissimilar to lamb), medium rare steak from the steak sandwich stall, pesto, olive oil and more olive oil, an array of organic cheeses and even some cool-climate wine produced near Tom’s hometown of Harden in the Hilltops region. Unfortunately I couldn’t partake in the taste testing at this stall!
By the time we made it through the market we were quietly satisfied and decided a couple of green smoothies and wholefood baked goods would suffice for brekkie.
My 3 Favourite Stalls:
1. The Green Kitchen
We went back there twice! Once for green smoothies then for savoury muffins, banana bread and a sweet potato brownie. You know by now brownies are my thing!
2. Freemans Vineyards (www.freemanvineyards.com.au)
Not only does my hubby love that he gets to sip wine mid-morning in front of me, but the fact that this winery is from his local town (Harden/Young area) made it all the more tasty. Some of their varieties have a very European flavour, which took him back to days gone by exploring the Spanish and Italian countryside. They even do free delivery within Aus!
3. Country Valley Dairy (www.countryvalley.com.au)
We got a wheel of the soft cheese and some organic cow’s milk.
Add the cheese to some organic sourdough and some kale to make pesto tonight and voila…. There you have our lazy Saturday night dinner in!
I love that the markets are in the old Carriageworks – it makes for a beautiful, open and protected venue. There’s a decent (and very trendy) crowd but nothing out of the ordinary. Just remember to bring your wallet with a nice wad of cash – we burnt through $90 on just cheese, a bottle of wine, bread stick, kale, rocket, two green smoothies and desserts!
Olivia McFadyen, based in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore.