I’ve been buying most of my produce from farmers markets for a few years. I normally go to Eveleigh on Saturday mornings but during school holidays (i.e. no work on Sundays) I decided it was time to revisit the farmers market at Marrickville. As I remembered, there was less produce variety, but much better options for eating there, IMO. Three Sundays weren’t enough to sample all the food offerings, but we did our best.
On our first visit we weren’t really planning to have breakfast there until I spotted crackling. The Butcher’s Lunch sells Murray Valley pork served on a roll with crispy crackle, horseradish aioli and coleslaw, seasoned with fresh herbs and grass-fed beef served on a roll with a chilli lime & coriander aioli, coleslaw, seasoned with fresh herbs. They don’t have gluten-free rolls at the moment (coming soon, we were told), so we were suggested to bring our own or a container if we wanted just the meat and sides. We wandered around, got distracted with some pho (excellent breakfast in winter!) and used the empty plastic bowl and chopsticks to eat some roast pork + crackling with coleslaw and horseradish mayo. phenomenal. I know I said we tried to sample different things but I lied. We went back for more the following two weeks. The grass-fed beef with coleslaw and horseradish mayo was amazing, too, perhaps a tiny bit less amazing than the pork when there’s no crackling, as it happened once.
Pork and coleslaw – no crackling ($9)
Pork and coleslaw – with crackling! ($9)
Beef and coleslaw ($9)
Some people think we paleo people hate vegans. We don’t. Some vegan products can be really good when they use vegetables, fruits and nuts as ingredients. Also, vegan = dairy-free. Raw vegan is even better, because most of the times it means grain and legume free. We tried some stuff from a couple of vegan stalls, the first one was Venus Whole Foods, which offers great smoothies with hippy names. The first time we had Love (coconut milk, kale, banana, chia seeds and spirulina) and Empower Mint (hand-pressed almond milk, banana, cacao, cacao nibs and mint), another day we tried Wisdom (cinnamon bark, walnuts, hand-pressed almond milk and banana). All very good, not too sweet and full of nutrients.
Venus Whole Foods smoothies
The other vegan stall (which BTW is not there every week) sells raw vegan desserts. We tried a blueberry & lemon cashew “cheesecake” and a choc bliss ball. The ball was great, very similar to the balls we make sometimes at home. The “cheesecake” was okay but not mind-blowing.
Raw vegan desserts
Vegan blueberry & lemon cheesecake ($7)
Raw blueberry & lemon cashew "cheesecake" ($7), chocolate ball ($3)
If you like smoothies but dislike the hippy names, you can go to the juice stall and get yourself an equally tasty liquid meal. We tried the Healthy Start smoothie with banana, kale, mixed nuts, spinach, and coconut milk. Delicious. Note: we asked about the coconut milk and both stalls use the proper one (i.e. full-fat).
Healthy start smoothie ($7)
The final thing we tried (at home) was smoked salmon and duck from a stall that claims to have “the best tasting smoked salmon in the universe and the best tasting olives in the galaxy”. A bit of an overstatement, perhaps? I liked the duck better than the salmon. The salmon at Fish Place beats it hands down.
Smoked salmon (around $13 per piece)
Smoked salmon, smoked duck, olives
Marrickville Organic Food Market
Sundays 8.30 am to 3 pm
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road
Marrickville NSW 2204