Out & About

a preference for local: the rise and rise of the farmers market

Gone are the days where imported comes with an exquisite and worthy statue, when it comes to food, local is the word.

Shoppers have never been more enthused about eating local. Research conducted by Queensland University of Technology found the enthusiasm surrounding local produce wasn’t simply driven by environmental or health concerns but rather consumers were more willing to buy local because they felt more connected with the community and were able to support local economy.

pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins
pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. In some stories, I hear they can double as a carriage

Lucky for me, living in the North West surrounded by beautiful land there is a whole heap of local happening around me.

  • Common2us http://www.common2us.com/ (3 Wyoming Rd Dural, 9am-5pm weekdays and 9:30am-4pm weekends). A community farm offering seasonal events and workshops. The onsite farm shop stocks organic produce and grains, or become a member and receive weekly veggie boxes.
  • Warrah Farm http://www.warrah.org/farm.htm (20 Harris Rd Dural, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm). A biodynamic farm stocks a range of organic produce including veg, bread, cheese, yoghurt, cows milk, poultry, beef, grains as well as the popular bio-dynamic eggs.
  • Glenorie Growers Market http://www.glenoriegrowers.com.au/ (4th Sunday of each month, 8am-1pm). A range of local produce available, not limited to fruit and veg.

For those of you who are based in areas further away from from these farms, fear not. Sydney supports a range of local events- Eveleigh, Pyrmont, Marrickville, Ramsgate and Frenchs Forest (to name a few).  I have only ever been to Marrickville, and this was a couple of years back. Seems like I need to do some more exploring around Sydney, as I do, I’ll update you on my thoughts.

Marrickville Markets back in 2011
Marrickville Markets back in 2011

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