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Gardener’s Road Fresh Food Market

April 17, 2013

I love fresh food markets! But I don’t go to nearly enough of them. Because let’s be honest… the thing that I apparently love more than markets is a weekend sleep in. Which is why I was so pleased to hear about a new fresh food market starting up in my neighbourhood, no more than 10 minutes away!

Gardeners Road Fresh Food Market is held in the spacious playground of Gardeners Road public school in Rosebery, every Saturday from 8am-2pm. The markets only just started running a few weeks ago, so it’s very much a newcomer to the scene. I’ve been back a few times now and even in that short period of time the I’ve noticed an increase in crowds. Definitely a good indicator for positive word of mouth!

The markets have a friendly and laid-back atmosphere – there’s even a guy on an acoustic guitar entertaining the kiddies and serenading us as we shop. The stallholders have all been nice and happy to have a chat about what they’re selling. I’m looking forward to checking out more of them as the weeks go by.

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Stalls at Gardeners Road Fresh Food Markets

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There were MINIATURE PONIES from Pony Express! (for children to ride. Apparently I am too old. I know because I asked. AGEISM! :P)

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Beautiful looking baguettes from the French Patisserie

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Paul the Plant man

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Fresh veggie stall

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Lovely fresh kale. I bought 2 big bunches for $3. My local Coles supermarket definitely doesn’t stock this!

On our second visit I spied a seafood stand selling fresh shucked oysters, and a butcher. The nice lady at the butcher stall was really friendly and helped me pick out a lamb mini roast for dinner that night. She even gave me cooking suggestions… extremely useful for a roast newbie like me. Unfortunately I’ve misplaced the pamphlet she gave me about the products stocked in the van because I am a terrible blogger. But I do remember her mentioning that the meat sold is free range. And that they even sell sliced haggis! (vac-packed for your convenience)

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I was also really pleased to see that JackieM had a stall. I’ve had her char kway teow at the Night Noodle Markets before – Malaysian stir fried rice noodles with the perfect balance of savoury and sweet, and with great ‘wok hei‘. JackieM’s stall at Gardeners Road Market is operated by Nick, while Jackie takes care of Orange Grove markets.

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Chicken Char Kway Teow from JackieM Malaysian

Unfortunately first market day teething problems meant the stall had no chilli (!) – but the CKT was still very tasty.

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Look at this awesome dude tucking in to some of Jackie’s Char Kway Teow!

Despite being the first day of operation, there were quite a lot of food options! There were some Gozleme ladies of course. It never feels like a proper market without seeing them hard at work creating those pastries.

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Turkish Gozleme stall

Other options include a Quesedilla stall, a Crepe stall – and I also spied a Greek Souvlaki stall and a portable woodfire pizza oven! (sadly not pictured)

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I’d be lying though, if I didn’t mention the stall I was most looking forward to seeing: Flour and Stone!

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Flour and Stone’s Panna Cotta Lamingtons and, Lemon Curd/Raspberry and Vanilla custard filled donuts

Nadine Ingram’s Woolloomooloo bakery cafe, Flour and Stone, has fast become my top pick for sweet treats in Sydney. And judging from the queues that spill out onto the pavement outside her Riley St establishment – I’m not the only one who thinks so!

Nadine’s Panna Cotta Lamington would alone put Flour and Stone under legendary status in my books (seriously… there’s panna cotta in the lamington), if it weren’t for the fact that everything else there is so good too. From classics like Lemon Drizzle Cake and Old Fashioned Vanilla Cake to treats with an unexpected twist like Strawberry, Rosemary and Honey creme brûlée tarts – Flour and Stone serves up nostalgia for a time that honoured honest baking without fads or pretension.

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Nadine Ingram from Flour and Stone

Like the Woolloomoolo cafe, everything at Flour and Stone’s market stall is beautifully presented, effortlessly showing off a tempting array of baked goods.

And I haven’t even mentioned their pies! Their Chicken, Leek and Tarragon pie is a must try:

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Chicken, Leek and Tarragon pie

But really, you can’t go wrong:
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Chocolate Brownies

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The chocolate and salted caramel tart – had to pick up a slice of this to take home, couldn’t resist!

Gardeners Road Fresh Food Market is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood – and it’s exciting to see its popularity and stallholders grow. I’m already looking forward to the weekend so that I can go back!

Gardeners Road Fresh Food Market
cnr Gardeners & Botany Roads
Rosebery

Every Saturday from 8am – 2pm
Free Parking on site

Twitter: @GardenersRdMkt

Check out their Facebook page for updates and some great photos of each week’s market

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme permalink
    April 17, 2013 9:22 am

    If only I was local, or if there was such a thing local to me. It’s always great being out and about especially to support locals :)

    • April 19, 2013 4:21 pm

      You’ll have to come down and visit one weekend :)

  2. April 17, 2013 10:26 am

    Love that pic of the guy eating CKT :) Looking forward to lots more visits here :)

  3. April 17, 2013 12:12 pm

    It’s great to have a local market — most of them are too far for me especially as I hate getting up early on weekends. We do have a good local one that’s on twice a month…but you have flour & stone so your’s is WAY better!

    • April 19, 2013 4:20 pm

      I’m terrible at getting up early… I really gotta check out some of the other markets around Sydney though!

  4. April 18, 2013 10:57 am

    lovely, lovely shots, mel! and a great write up! thank you for supporting the local hood!

    • April 19, 2013 4:19 pm

      Aw thanks Dex! But I can’t hold a candle to the lovely photos you’ve been taking each week

  5. April 18, 2013 11:04 am

    Great markets and great food! Love the photo of the guy eating that yummy food :)

    • April 19, 2013 4:18 pm

      As soon as I saw him I had to take a sneaky snap. He was really stuck into those noodles!

  6. April 18, 2013 11:56 am

    So awesome to have a Jackie M and F&S stall in one place!

    • April 19, 2013 4:16 pm

      I know! Like a dream. Hope more food vendors join up

  7. April 18, 2013 11:57 am

    I love these markets! I’ve been 3 times now, and I’ll be doing my weekly fresh veg shop there now :)

    • April 19, 2013 4:16 pm

      It’s great isn’t it! Love how convenient it is

  8. grabyourfork permalink
    April 18, 2013 12:01 pm

    Have been keen to check out this market ever since I noticed Flour & Stone’s presence. Might have to organise a trip this weekend. I’ll keep an eye out for you!

  9. April 19, 2013 10:15 am

    Great coverage! So jelly that Flour and Stone was there, the doughnuts look so good!

    • April 19, 2013 4:17 pm

      Thanks Ashley! yeah it’s always so hard to choose what to get from there… everything looks so good

  10. April 20, 2013 7:53 pm

    oh my everything looks so delicious it’s making me extremely hungry!
    love your blog! there’re tons of useful information on food. Thank you so much for blogging about them!

  11. May 5, 2013 6:32 pm

    I went there once with a friend who lived down the road. I absolutely loved it!! I need to go back soon :) p.s. Totally ageist! I tried too :(

  12. May 13, 2013 9:17 pm

    ermahgerd i love all the sweete and savoury goodies from flour & stone! your pics are making me drool hehe. haven’t had a chance to check out these markets yet but it seems like they’ve got a good number of stalls

  13. May 17, 2013 9:55 pm

    Wanting to check this market out so badly. May not live in the area anymore, but is a stone throw away from where I grew up!

  14. May 29, 2013 11:45 am

    heres wishing it was in my area, but such an awesome food market is just too hard for me to miss! would help if i didnt also work weekends!

  15. Lou permalink
    July 5, 2013 2:08 pm

    Where do all of you live who don’t have a farmers market near you?
    I thought markets were everywhere?
    I’ll be checking out Gardeners road this weekend!

  16. August 23, 2013 5:52 pm

    everyone in that miniature ponies photo looks so unimpressed – the girl, the pony and the attendant. hilarious

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