Sydney's Best Farmers' Markets for Kids
- All Ages
Visiting the local farmers’ market is one of our favourite things to do. We get to eat delicious wholesome food, grocery shopping is actually fun and we can meet all the growers and producers that are so passionate about their food: the enthusiasm is infectious!
I love that my daughter gets to see that food doesn’t just come from the supermarket. “See those bees? They made this honey,” I say as she watches, fascinated.
More than just a celebration of good food, a farmers’ market is a community event. Stalls can change from week to week, including the kids' entertainment. You can often find info on which stalls will be coming on the market’s Facebook page.
The number of farmers’ markets in Sydney is blossoming. Here are our picks of the best!
Bondi Farmers Markets, Bondi Beach Public School, every Saturday
Calling this Bondi Food Market might be more appropriate than Bondi Farmers Market, because, while some stalls sell quality fruits, vegetables and flowers, and there's organic meat and milk, the majority of the stalls sell food that's ready to eat. The long lines at the corn fritter house move fast, and it's worth the wait for some of the best corn fritters in town. Another stall sells “the best cheese toastie in Sydney” – made with gooey raclette cheese. The yummy sweet things here are mostly of the raw, organic or sugar-free variety – it is Bondi, after all.
Getting a coffee can sometimes take a while, so try the chai stall instead, or grab a take-away from Harry's across the road. The large, grassy area is perfect for little ones to run around on, and sometimes hosts activities, including yoga or cooking classes. There is often a local musician playing in one corner, too. As it is in the school, there's also a busy playground and there are usually arts, crafts and bubbles. Kids’ activities, such as farmyard animals and storytelling, also pop up from time to time. Make sure to pick up some fresh flowers before you go home, they are fantastic value. Plus, it's right across the road from the beach, so go for brunch, then head over for a swim. Markets usually run from 9am-1pm, but check the website.
Flour Mill Markets, Summer Hill
Sydney's brand new market at the uber-cool Flour Mill of Summer Hill residential and food precinct. These farmers markets will run every second Sunday and you can expect to sample goods from Sonoma, Brickfields Bakery, Hugo's Coffee Cartel, Pastries de Paris, The Grate Cheese Co, Hartley Harvest and more.
The Beaches Market, Pittwater Rugby Park, every Friday
The Beaches Market usually hosts a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and pony rides, not to mention plenty of space to run around in. As well as fresh fruit and vegetables, both organic and regular, there's meat, bread, cheese, yummy things in jars (like jams and such), pasta and even wine. There are also stalls selling homewares and cool clothes. Pick up a bacon and egg roll or crepe because there are tables and chairs and live music, and lots of room to spread your picnic blanket out. Market runs from 8 am-1 pm.
Mona Vale Organic Food Markets, Pittwater RSL, every Sunday
With a recent location change from Frenchs Forest to Pittwater RSL, Organic Food Markets Mona Vale is family-friendly with live music, an old-fashioned roundabout swing, an animal farm and sometimes even a jumping castle. The fresh food selection is huge, from fruit and vegetables to meats and fresh pasta. It's also the perfect place to pick up everything for a great picnic, including artisan breads, dips, gourmet cheeses, hot smoked salmon and even gluten-free baked goods. Or just grab a bacon and egg roll or a bowl of Pho (Vietnamese soup). Keep an eye out for the yellow signs denoting stalls selling organic produce. It’s also a great place for fresh flowers and you can even shop for some new threads here. Market runs from 9 am-1 pm.
Double Bay Organic Food Markets, Guilfoyle Park, every Thursday
This weekday market is ideal for families, with pony rides, a jumping castle and a petting zoo. Double Bay Market has a grassed area for kids to run around on and musicians in case you and your little one feel like a boogie. There is great, fresh produce, including fruit and vegetables, organic beef, cheese and artisan bread, as well as plenty of food to eat on the spot, such as gluten-free goodies, pork rolls and gozleme. You can even pick up some fresh flowers or visit one of the clothing stalls. Market runs from 9 am-2 pm.
Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market, Castle Hill Showground, 2nd and 4th Saturday
The Castle Hill Farmers Market gathers growers and producers from the Hawkesbury region to sell fresh seasonal produce to shoppers twice a month, with everything from sourdough, pasta and goats cheese to Australian native foods and fresh cut flowers on offer. There's plenty of fruit and veg to choose from, both organic and regular, and free-range meats and eggs. The organic nut butters look delicious as do the handmade chocolates. Grab a bacon and egg roll and coffee to keep your energy up while you trawl through all the wonderful produce. Most of the stallholders here personally produced the goods on sale, and kids will enjoy learning about all the food that comes from this fertile region. Markets run from 8am-12pm.
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