The Beaches Market takes place every Friday in Warriewood on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
You won't get a view though as it is tuck away being the main road and screened from the Warrewood Beach by a ridge on top of which one can find a a few good cafés and watch the hand gliders and the young - and not so young surfers. The market is quite large and is split into 40% food/wine stalls and 60% fashion/jewellery and lifestyle products. I took advantage of a visit to a good client in the 'hinterland' to pay a short visit to these markets that a few loyals recommended.
Originally from South America and discovered and brought to Europe by Pizzaro, the potato was then cultivated mainly in Spain then Great Britain and also in Italy. In France, Olivier de Serres was the culprit and its great marketer was Antoine Parmentier who gave his name to the famous "Hachis Parmentier", the French version of the shepherd pie. I had the privilege to go to school with a direct descendant of Olivier de Serres who has the same name and has developed a passion not for the humble root but for the Citroen DS - read more here in French - go figure!. Meet Anthony Cremona, an Aussie whose mother-in law is Italian, with an English father-in-law. They started growing tomatoes as any good Italian would do, and then the English took over...BTW, Anthony also comes to the Orange Grove Market where I failed to spot him for almost a year...
Even happier when I spotted Silvia Colloca and Richard Roxburgh with their two boys in tow. They stopped to look at another stand across from Gourmandise and they were gracious enough to have a chat with Our French Impressions. This foodie couldn't have been happier! Time for a treat!
As January is our summer holiday period in Australia, the markets don't reopen until after the middle of the month, and often some of the stallholders don't come back until February. So these are just some images of people who braved the potential lack of customers and came to show their wares at Everleigh, North Sydney and Orange Grove markets. We managed to talk to a few newcomers, including Olsson's Sea Salt, our local "Guérande" and a great paella maker, no less!
OlSson's SEA SALT
The Olsson's family is the the only and longest established sea salt harvester and producer in Australia. They produce a range of salts from the less refined, Guérande like table sea salt sold in very traditional packaging, to a more refined and industrially produced sea flakes, a process which mimics the natural evaporation process traditionally occurring in "marais salants" but more suitable to mass production. The result is a very fine flake rather than the more common pyramidal crystal found in most other products. You would use the flakes for cooking where you would reserve the "gray" salt (fleur de sel) for seasoning. Beware that it is full flavoured and more salty than the salt you might be currently using.
ORANGE GROVE MARKET - Rozelle
I have not visited this monthly market in years! Organised by the Community Centre, it takes place every third Saturday of the month in the big open space behind the Council Chambers. Once a small affair of a dozen stalls, it is now comparable to Orange Grove or Everleigh in size and attendance.
Also, some of the big names are attending like Pepe Saya and Dessertmakers, Pastabilities, Willowbrae Cheese and a raft of French or French related products and people. Robinvale and Pukara Olive Oils and Ocello just to name a few. Plenty organic products and vegetables, as well as meat producers or wholesalers. Obviously there are also a good choice of coffee makers and goodies to eat on the spot!
Et tout finit par des chansons
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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