Monday, August 20, 2012

Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' Markets a HIT!

Sunshine. Colour. Bustle. And the smell of bacon sizzling.  It doesn’t get much better than this on a Sunday morning in Sydney and our Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers’ Market launched with a bang.

Hundreds of enthusiastic shoppers have started flocking to the newest foodie hub and we'd like to think it's already shaping up to be the best around, by far.

With stallholders like Brasserie Bread, Toby’s Estate Coffee, Over the Moon Milk, Binnorie Dairy, Thirlmere Poultry, The Free Range Butcher, Sorbello Tomatoes, Watkins Mandarins, Bob’s Farm Avocados, River Flats Estate Olive Oil, Portland Free Range Eggs, the Bacon & Egg Barn, Jonima Flowers, Sweetness the Patisserie, Gourmet Gozleme, Saltbush Lamb and Roar Energy Drinks, it’s no wonder.

Having only traded for 3 weeks since the launch on Sunday 5 August, Brasserie Bread fights hard each week to keep up with demand for its artisan sourdough and you’ll be hard pressed to find any of Yuri’s apples or Watkins Orchard mandarins left at the end of each market. Mental note: arrive early!

Interest in Sorbello Tomatoes’ show-stopping heirloom tomatoes and exotic herbs (chocolate mint, anyone?) continues to climb each week as curious locals engage in long conversations with Sorbello family members about different varieties of tomatoes, other specialty veggies and cooking and growing advice.  We suspect this may be the cause of a recent bout of laryngitis in the family!

Those keen to explore more than just button mushrooms have found nirvana with The Fungi, who has the most awe-inspiring varieties of mushrooms. His seriously impressive range includes Masterchef celebrities such as the magestic King George and international mushrooms-of-mystery, such as nameko, enoki, shitake and shemeji. Fungus never looked so tempting or sounded so exotic.

The folk from Over the Moon milk receive such a positive response to their question: “Want to try some REAL milk?” that soon they’ll need to call in the Johnson’s Farmgate cavalry, as shoppers make a stampede for a free sample of oh-so-creamy non-homogenised milk from happy free-range jersey cows.  Their milk is literally walking out the front gates, in droves.

The 3 kiddies’ playgrounds are munchkin-magnets and provide welcome respite for parents keen for a Toby’s Estate coffee and crispy bacon & egg roll; whilst the smooth sounds of Mike Harvey and his crowd-pleasing hits provide the perfect ambiance in the leafy courtyard. Sounds like Sunday perfection to us!

The Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers’ Markets are open every Sunday, rain or shine, at Lane Cove Public School, 145-153 Longueville Road, Lane Cove. 9am – 1.30pm.

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