Once a month I like to get my artisanal groove on by heading to the Pyrmont Grower’s Market. The fact that it’s only once a month creates a bit of urgency to head down and check out my favourite providers and stock up organic and local product and ingredients. There are 70 fabulous vendors at this farmer’s market with a wide selection on offer from organic meat, fruit and vegetables, an array of cheeses, and providores that are up for a chat, keen to share tips and ideas for using their goods.
Here’s the hotlist of my favourite Vendors.
Trunkey Bacon & Pork
Have been a pretty serious sampler of pork from the pig purveyors of this city and the Trunkey’s team from Orange are a household favourite. The Pork Belly, Scotch Fillet and Bacon are perfectly sweet and delicious and make for the perfect Roasts, Mexican Braise or Breakfast Bacon Buntie. Trunkey’s often sell out of their porky goods so they’re happy for you to call ahead and they’ll hold your order for you if you happen to sleep in or are a bit of slow start on a Saturday.
Kei’s Kitchen – Japanese Noodle Dressing
I’m sure that I could easily whip up this up myself at home, but these beautiful dressings are so perfectly balanced, it’s great for those no brainer nights when you are in auto pilot in the kitchen. A soba noodle, a tuna steak, a scattering of shallots and a splash of this dressing with it’s delicate soy, sesame flavours, Dinner. Done. Grab yourself a bottle.
Cheese masters specialising in glorious Italian imported speciality cheeses. From the pungent but delicious hard cheese to their oozy Gorgonzola Dolce they have a unique and beautiful offering. The Barolo Cheese is my favourite made with the pressed grapes of Barolo wine. It’s a creamy and flaky and perfect for that special cheese board or a Saturday afternoon post-market reward.
Bread & Butter Project
Apart from selling some of the best artisanal baked goods from Bourke Street Bakery, the Bread & Butter Project offers a socially good cause with your next piece of toast. The Bread & Butter Project is a new initiative that provides support for commnities in need by taking twelve trainees on and arming them with skills and experience that they can take these into the work force. Their first recruits are refugees from Greater Sydney. Grab a loaf, support a great cause – easy!
Li-Sun Exotic Mushrooms
The team taught me how to treat my King Arthurs – beautiful, meaty mushrooms from Bowral which need nothing more than a gentle fry in olive oil and a dash of balsamic when their done – gorgeous. There’s a good tale about how they are cultivated in disused railway tunnels underneath the hillside in the Southern Highlands – they offer tours so I’d love to check it out.
It doesn’t feel like you’ve been to a grower’s market unless you’ve got a bunch of fresh flowers sticking out of your basket, and the array is fresh, beautiful and pretty good value.
A Grower’s Market is a gift for the early riser like me, but it’s also such a nice opportunity to pick up some amazing quality ingredients, chat to the people that produce them and enjoy the community spirit of the market. The Pyrmont Market’s is open from 7am-11am so you need to rise and shine if you fancy a potter around this perfect place for food lovers. (Make sure you grab the bacon and egg roll with chilli jam for brekky – this is the best one at the market.)
Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont