Saturday's market in Kings Cross and Sunday's market in Marrickville are both organised by the same people behind the Orange Grove Market in Rozelle, my local you could say...
Hence the reason why I have never wandered and visited these markets was simply that I was not aware of their existence! They are quite different and again different from the Orange Grove market, as the one in Marrickville, although full of interesting people and stalls (more on this later...) it is in a location which, in my opinion, is poorly maintained and there is feeling of dirt which doesn't go well with the "clean" organic food being on display. The Kings Cross one is near the famous fountain and under beautiful trees. It is a small market though with maybe 35 stalls, and to close to 100 in Rozelle.
Christian Estébe has named his business after his grandfather's name who had a great influence on his upbringing in Cantal, a region where cheese has been made for a couple of millennia, even mentioned by Pline The Elder as the most appreciated by the Emperor in Rome! A long tradition indeed. Christian specialises in AOC/AOP and "Fermier" cheeses which he imports directly from France, like Ocello and Australia on a Plate. He is catering for the high end of the market. If you are not familiar with those terms, then I might give you a little hint: AOC, you might be familiar with as it also applies to wine and means "Appelation d'Origine Controllée", a very strict accreditation procedure which is linked to the "terroir" where the product comes from; AOP is its European equivalent and means "Appelation d'Origine Protégée", again linked to the provenance of the product. "Fermier" on the other hand protects the way a product is manufactured: the milk needs to come from one farm, be processed on that same farm that same day or until midday the next and usually not thermally treated for the making of unpasteurised cheeses sold in France. The export market however imposes pasteurisation for cheeses aged less than 90 days, like Camembert, Brie and similar cheeses. Gruyères in all appellation - Comté, Beaufort, Emmenthal, and Roqueforts can be sold unpasteurised as they are aged for more than 90 days. As a result, Christian imports a very limited range of 25 cheeses that he sells at three markets in Sydney: Double Bay on Thursday, Kings Cross on Saturday and Marrickville on Sunday, and online everyday! He also sells charcuterie in the form of saucissons (made in Oz) and duck foie gras . Christian is expecting a new shipment in 10 days time, so look out for new and exciting cheeses!
Christian is a very dedicated and passionate young man and I encourage you to pay him a visit and sample his beautifully crafted products. You can visit his website here: www.laplanchette.com.au
GARLIC FROM MORGANICS FARM - ORANGE
Another fabulous addition to our collection of organic fresh garlic on top of Gilles in Braidwood and Near River Produce in the hinterland of Port Macquarie, already extensively featured here.
Libby and Ken Morgan started growing garlic for their own needs 20 years ago. Libby and Ken Morgan started commercially about four years ago. It is mainly the purple variety that I personally prefers to the pearl variety as it tends to grow bigger bulbs and just looks better in the pantry! I believe it also tastes stronger, so definitely more for the real garlic (Gallic?...) lover!
SYO - Shuck your OWN - OYSTERS UNPLUGGED
Met Ben Ralston this morning, a young and enthusiastic oyster grower on the Clyde River, a few hundreds miles south of Sydney. Ben and his family have been at it for 140 years! and they produce a mean Sydney Rock Oyster. They have more recently embarked on a new journey to promote freshly shucked oysters in Sydney restaurants, and at your own function, event or party with their "mingling oyster shuckers" - I own the copyright on this one, Ben! - where waiters with a specially designed apron mingles through your guests and offer them to shuck an oyster for each of them under their bewildered eyes, season them - or not - with "embarked" vinaigrette and other condiments - squeeze of lime anyone? What a wonderful idea as an add-on to your regular caterer!
And now, we will be able to buy unopened, untouched oysters from Oysters Unplugged every Saturday from the Everleigh Markets, rather than the tasteless varieties courtesy of the Sydney Fish Markets!
A breath of fresh Melbourne air into the local food scene: enfin! Keep up the good work, Ben & Co!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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