Jan Power’s Farmers Markets Round-Up

This little Ally went to market, and this little Ally stayed home. This little Ally ate cupcakes, and this little Ally had waffles and cannoli and yoghurt and sausage and brownie and…

For all you people out there wondering, should I go to the markets this weekend? Should I crawl out from my cosy bed, shake off my hangover / child / lover and trek to New Farm, Mitchelton, or Manly, joining the crowds in the search for fresh produce and other delicacies?

I hauled my tired, cranky self down to New Farm at an ungodly hour and so should you. One word: samples.

I love samples. Who doesn’t? You get to try a bunch of food, for free. And you can clean your teeth after with the toothpick. In all seriousness though, the markets are about more than samples. You can shop and eat – grab a latte on your way in, some fresh or frozen groceries, and a slice of pizza or baklava to refuel. Local and well-known food stores, bakeries, and farmers gather in the ideal spot beside New Farm Park, so there is a plethora of choice.

I always found it hard to get information on what exactly is at these markets, so here it is people-prepare to drool. You can usually expect:

  • cute cupcakes from The Cupcake Parlour
  • decadent chocolates and brownies from Dello Mano
  • raw and frozen meat and seafood
  • fresh fruit and vegies
  • nuts, honey, and snacks
  • pancakes, crepes, and mini waffles
  • coffee (Merlo, diBella, etc.), fresh juices, and smoothies
  • olives, cheese, dukka, oils, and other antipasti
  • pizza and gourmet hot dogs
  • Greek yoghurt
  • fresh bread, Greek pastries, and German bakeries

Don’t jump off your computer chair just yet, as they’re only open on alternate days. In the meantime, here’s a little something to whet your appetite:

Belgian Pearl Waffles

Caramelised balsamic vinegar, herb & garlic olive oil, and dukka from River Flats Estate

Coconut, orange, and apple cinnamon cupcakes from The Cupcake Parlour

P.S I also managed to get my hands on some honey puffs, delicious little balls of fluffy, syrupy goodness. They will feature prominently at the upcoming Paniyiri Festival, especially during the famed Honey Puff Eating Competition. I’m already prepping my belly elasticity. Are you?

Jan Power’s Farmers Markets
New Farm (also located at Mitchelton, Manly, and the Queen St Mall)

119 Lamington St (Powerhouse)
New Farm map


Second and fourth Saturday of each month

Visited Saturday, 9 May 2009

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