Well, the stars were aligned this morning and I managed to cram Everleigh, Pyrmont and Orange Grove markets in one morning!
Well, I had my usual stop at Willowbrae Cheese and had a chance to say Merry Christmas to Karen, then met Merna Taouk from DessertMakers and the gorgeous partner of Pepe Saya of butter making fame and, although I didn't buy any meat, there is an increasingly high number of stalls selling organic meat and you had plenty of choice for poultry, beef, lamb, pork and even goat! All claim free range, organic feed and no antibiotics.
I also discovered a French related olive oil maker from Cowra, called Charles de la Barre de Nanteuil, who just won the top award at the recent Canberra Show. Christianne Dorell who man the stall has lived in France for many years and speak perfect French. Well, this olive oil is the best by far I have tasted in Australia. These people have put "La Barre" very high indeed!
Pyrmont Grocers Market
I was in a bit of a rush, but still managed to say hello to Gilles and his wife, who had ran out of garlic by the time I arrived, but still managed to catch up with Stefano Manfredi, who was the Chef of the Day, signing his book and having cooked beautiful gnocchi dish. Pyrmont has now a pretty stable exhibitor's list, so it is not necessarily the best place for news these days, they will be back in February.
Orange Grove Markets
A quick stop there to buy a chicken from Therese at Near River Produce and cheese - fresh pecorino and Brie from John for a dinner with friends on Thursday night...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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