By Niall Roeder…
You’ve probably heard about the Bondi Markets; the breeding ground of Aussie fashion heavy weights, like Ksubi, Lover, Zimmerman, Samantha Willis and Black Milk. Even if you’re not into your threads, you have to admit, that’s a pretty impressive list. If in fact, you’re not into your threads and you’re instead really into your flavours, then there’s another market in Bondi that might be a little more up your alley. The Bondi Farmers Markets.
The Bondi Famers Markets, like their non-culinary cousin, are at Bondi Beach Public School. Every Saturday from 9am – 1pm, the marketplace explodes into life, showering stall-wanderers with loads of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, organically grown meat and poultry, freshly picked flowers, artisan breads, homemade jams, farmstead cheeses, seafood, olive oils, herbs, spices… the list goes on.
Bondi is a trendy suburb. The tourists flock there for a reason. It’s epic. In trendy places come trendy things… if you know what I mean. Bondi is filled with cafes, pop-up restaurants, music venues, cool bars, one of the most recognisable beaches in the world and markets. In the organic, single sourced, ethical day and age we live in, farmers markets are definitely in. And the Bondi Farmers Markets fit that bill perfectly. However don’t let the fact that it’s trendy take away from its worth. It’s the real McCoy.
From the farm-fresh produce to the providore’s artisan fares, there are more stalls at the Farmers markets that you can poke a kale bush at, so it’s good have a wander and discover them for yourself. However, to give you a head start (and so you can talk the talk and look like a local), we’ve picked out a few of the best:
The 1910 Bottling Company – jams, chutneys and pickles bottled using naturally filtered rain water, organic honeys and vinegars, all prepared and preserved the slow traditional way by Steve, a friendly, old hippy.
Pure Pops – Seasonal fruit ice popsicles, made with nothing artificial. These little treats make the midday sun bearable.
Pukara Estate – I don’t know about you, but when I see someone’s kitchen sports fancy flavours like flavoured oils, aged balsamic vinegars, wine vinegars, gourmet mayonnaises, dukkah and tapenades, I can’t help but be impressed. They also go well as sophisticated gifts.
I’m Smoking Hot – If you don’t like things that are smoked you really need to take a long hard look at yourself and think about who you are as a person. Grab some smoked salmon, chicken, cheese, duck and/or olives and get converted to the world of flavour.
Get down to the markets and treat your tastebuds… And say hi to Stevo.
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