First published on 3 Feb 2010. Updated on 13 Apr 2012.
EQ Village Markets
Fine fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses and gourmet foods from rural NSW abound here, all sustainably grown, to inspire your cooking to new heights. There's an animal farm (none are for sale) to keep the kids entertained while you scour the organic breads, flowers and sweets too.
Every Sunday morning the Parkway Hotel carpark blooms with some of the best seasonal fruit and vegetables in Sydney. Every stall here is labelled with yellow signs differentiating between organic and conventional farming methods, and surprisingly, the latter are most popular (a bag of vine-ripened truss tomatoes sells here for $2!) Look out for the elderly couple who travel from Kosciusko each week to sell seasonal varieties of apples, pears and jams. If you don't know your royal galas from your pink ladies, they'll happily cut you a slice!
Pyrmont Growers' Market
The favoured market of "localvores" (those who actively seek out food that has traveled minimal food miles), this bustling hive of 85 stalls is always humming with homegrown veges, meats and cheeses. What's here is local and unique to the Pyrmont Growers' Market, so forget reading the label and ask the grower directly!
Manly West Market
Australia's only fully certified and exclusively organic market is, like much of its produce, small but perfectly formed. Seasonal fruit and vegies are everywhere: crisp Fuji apples, Nicola potatoes, navel oranges and carrots sourced from soils as far fung as Camden to Cape York. All stem from sustainable methods and are free from artificial fertilisers, herbicides and pesticies. There are also ready-to-go soups, chestnuts, hot off the coals, organic ginger beer, and 'hapy hen' eggs.
A traditional weekly undercover farmers' market in the renovated market space at Eveleigh Railyards (also home to CarriageWorks), the market houses over 80 stalls and have become a firm favourite of Sydneysiders in search of guilt-free culinary treats.
The Rocks Farmers' Markets
A farmers' market in the heart of Sydney, this is Friday feasting at its organic best, with stallholders proudly displaying their 'food miles' to reiterate how local your produce is.
Hornsby Organic Food & Farmers Market
Farming and cooking collide here in a busy market of fresh vegetables, tea and coffee, as well as organic oils, baby foods, vitamins, gardening, skincare, cotton and even dog food.
Marrickville Organic Food Market
Spend the Sabbath eating organic carrots, oranges and spinach. Feeling extra virtuous? Drop by Reverse Garbage and make good use of the things everyday folk leave behind.
Paddy's Organic Market
Certified organic products at bargain prices.
Parramatta Farmer's Market
Give Westfield a miss this week and head to the markets instead. The Parramatta markets bring local farm and river produce into the town CBD including seafood, meats, dairy and flowers.