Under the high roof of what was once a railway carriage works is Sydney’s newest farmer’s market. The Eveleigh Market was started in February of 2009 and though it is just a year old it is already highly popular and has become a place where many Sydneysiders do their weekly shopping. The market wears its vestigial industrial wardrobe with great panache and the revitalized structure is ideally suited to be a farmer’s market.
Every market has it’s one of a kind items and the Eveleigh Market is no different. One such item that is not seen at farmer's markets very often is ice cream. Ben Dutton from Pat & Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co. has on offer one of the the world’s greatest ice cream sandwiches. It comes in a number of flavors all of which are handmade using only the finest, all-natural ingredients available. Other unique fare includes the pork products made from the Berkshire pig. The pigs are all range-raised on Severn Rivers Farm in Ashford, New South Wales and processed at Dulwich Hill Gourmet Meats. The Berkshire, also known as the Kurobuta, is an extremely rare breed of pig whose origins can be traced back 300 years to England’s House of Windsor. Those who have read George Orwell’s 1984 will recall that Napoleon, the pig in charge, was a Berkshire.
Unique not just to the market but to all of Australia is the Achacha fruit sold by the Achacha Fruit Group. This sweet/sour, powerfully perfumed fruit comes from the Amazon River Basin in Bolivia. The fruit was planted several years ago in the Burdekian Shire of Queensland. It’s taken many years but the plantation is now producing fruit in enough volume to begin to distribute and sell in Sydney gourmet markets and direct at farmer’s markets.
And, there is the one and only Rocco Marando from Grower2u, vendor of figs, pear cactus and Valencia oranges. Not necessarily unusual produce but these goods are dispensed by the unusually pleasant Rocco Marando and his father.
Eveleigh Farmers' Market
243 Wilson St, Darlington, NSW
Every Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Artisans' Market 1st Sunday of the Month 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
02 9209 4220