The north-side of Sydney very seldom gets my attention as, quite frankly, it’s not so much fun to get around without your own wheels. Not that the main roads are a joy to drive on as they’re choked with traffic, much like the rest of this town.
We were heading up into the northern ‘burbs to visit friends, and seeing we had a GoGet and were running early, a quick stop at the Frenchs Forest Organic Food Market kind of happened without even thinking. The sun was out, the traffic was on our side – what great start to the day.
What struck me was the sheer size of this set-up. As far as farmers’ markets go, this one’s not a blink-and-miss affair. Aside from the usual suspects of colourful and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, there’s a sprawl of vendors peddling decorative and practical bits and pieces for the home.
Seedlings and saplings for the garden are also up for grabs – most interesting to me was The Herb Store that specialises in native Australian ornamental and fruiting plants.
There’s a very decent selection of people selling homemade preserves, sauces and pickles, and if you’ve skipped breakfast or need a bit of snackage – there’s plenty of freshly cooked food available.
Dosas, dumplings, bacon & egg rolls, okonomiyaki pancakes – you name it.
Let’s not forget the glorious baked breads, pastries and cakes – plus cheeses – and organic meats and seafood. They’ve got it all here.