When it comes to finding where to buy good local produce it is really quite simple… farmers’ markets! Yes, large and small supermarkets have plenty of locally grown and made items available if you know how to look properly, but you can pretty much be guaranteed that if you shop at markets, a large percentage of the produce will be of high local quality.
Take the Marrickville area in Sydney NSW for example. Here you can find an abundance of organic, locally grown produce from veggies and fruits to home-made chai late tea! Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable about what they are selling, which you wouldn’t necessarily get from a salesperson at Coles or Woolworths.
In Australia, it is quite easy to find a farmers market close to you. The Australian Farmers’ Market Association is a great website for finding your nearest place to go on a local food hunt, with news about new markets together with what produce is currently in season. Check out the site at http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au/.
Another great tip to finding the best farmers’ market is to ask friends and family members about their experiences. Since shopping at markets often leads to a more personal experience between you and the seller, you’re social connections and their experiences will often give you a good idea about the quality of produce and service available. If someone has tried an amazing freshly made danish recently at their local market, chances are they’ll remember it, and hopefully share their knowledge and recommendations with you!
Do you have any recommendations? Feel free to comment and share so all of us can benefit from quality local eating! 🙂