Local seasonal produce direct from the farm to you

Set on the site of Australia’s original market place, established around 1791, Parramatta Farmers Market is run by Parramatta Council, and aims to provide the people of Western Sydney with a regular fresh food market at it’s geographical heart.

Charles Street Restaurant, Paul Kuipers, made from fresh produceHeld every Friday from 7:30am at the newly named Centenary Square, Parramatta Farmers Markets offers a taste of the best fresh harvest from over 20 farmers and producers in the Sydney basin and NSW region.
It’s worth arriving early to enjoy breakfast from Shepherd’s Bakehouse, Courtney’s Brasserie or Bella BBQ.

Freshly baked artisan breads, gourmet pies and rolls along with specialty cakes provide a huge choice at Shepherd’s Bakehouse. But you can’t stop by without taking home some of their Double Toasted Agave Muesli – just as delicious on its own, or with milk
and yoghurt – it’s hard to stop at one handful!

Artisan bread, cakes, pies, rolls, muesli

Courtney’s Brasserie is one in the same as the Charles Street Restaurant (see review here). It’s not surprising considering Chef and owner Paul Kuipers is renowned for his focus on seasonal local produce and strongly supports the Council in their efforts. Paul buys produce from the stall holders to make his breakfast and lunch dishes sold at the Courtney’s stall. They also create recipe cards for the things they make to encourage people to buy produce from the stall holders and make them at home. Pauls explains, “It’s great to be able to say we know who grew the produce we are serving, and it feels good to support people that are similar minded to us and really care about what they produce.”

Nuts, seeds, legumes, sugarsAs you would expect from a farmers’ market, there is plenty of high quality food available directly from the growers. From in-season fruit and vegetables, to farm fresh eggs and meats, honey, nuts, dried fruit and seeds, oils, vinegars and dhukka. And because the food comes straight from the farm, you know that it is absolutely fresh, and that the selection available is what is currently in season. It’s very handy to know that you can purchase all you need from a range of the stalls to create a delicious meal at home that night, or a banquet for family and friends over the weekend.

If you want to take out some of the hard work there are also stalls from Producers who have used the fresh local product for you. From ready-made cakes and pastries, to jams and chutneys, and chocolate.
Along with honey, Summerland Honey also make some of the most delicious lemon and lime butters, plum, fig and tropical fruit jams, as well as a tomato and passionfruit jam that is so interesting I think it could double up as a relish!

Summerland Honey, Lemon, Lime, Passionfruit butter, marmalade

It’s worth noting that along with having a local food focus, the Parramatta Council are supporting these markets with the objectives of sustainability and value, cultural diversity, community health and education.

Parramatta Farmers Market provides the perfect location for NSW growers and producers to offer their high quality, authentically local food to our local Western Sydney community.

Parramatta Farmers Market
Centenary Square
182 Church Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: Michael Russell on (02) 9806 5050
Email: markets@parracity.nsw.gov.au.
Open: 7:30am to 2pm every Friday except Good Friday and Public Holidays