Our spring update
Dear Cambridge Markets family, welcome to Spring. We're having a great time at the markets with heaps of news.
We're also seeing a stack of gorgeous seasonal spring fruit and vegetables come into the market each week, with more varieties arriving constantly. Although many of our farmers and suppliers have been hit hard by this terrible drought, we are still seeing plentiful supply. According to our stallholders, there’s a lot of fresh local asparagus coming now, cauliflower is getting closer finishing, late navel oranges are at their best and fresh lemons are superb. Look out for the start of the grapefruit season, beginning soon, plus new season cherries and garlic coming on shortly. It’s exciting to say goodbye to winter and welcome the new season in with the beautiful new produce.
Dog’s Day Out
Thank you to everyone who came to support our Dog’s Day Out event last month. We raised more than $200 for Maggie’s Rescue, an organisation devoted to the support and rescue of dogs. The money raised will go towards desexing stray cats which are a huge problem at the moment due to the warmer, drier weather. What a great organisation and thanks for your support.
Thanks too to the incredible team from Marta restaurant in Rushcutters Bay for being a part of our Ferragosto Italian Day on September 18. Lucinda and Flavio are always wonderful supporters of Cambridge Markets and we cannot thank them enough for their time. Their restaurant is incredible, with beautiful food and exceptional service. Book in today!
And on that note, the winner of our dinner-for-two at Marta competition from Ferragosto day is Victoria Evans. Congratulations!
Mrs Liks launches
Well done to our fabulous stallholder Jimmy Liks which has launched a new take-home range. The range is called Mrs Liks and is truly delicious. Come to the market to buy your own take-home yellow chicken curry, green beef curry, meatballs, vegetable ragout, pesto, lasagne and more. We have noticed the growing popularity of take-home meals at our markets so we’re sure the Mrs Liks range will do very well.
James Duffell talks openly about how selling his produce in Sydney farmers’ markets has saved his family farm.
“I’m from an area in Griffith near the Murrumbidgee River, where my family has been since after the First World War,” says James. “We traditionally grow stone fruit and citrus. A few years ago we started bringing produce up to Sydney to sell to try and get some more cash flow back into the farm.
“The markets are basically now our cash flow for everything. What we do in Sydney now maintains not just my father, who runs the farm, but my uncles as well.”
Prickle Hill Produce, which operates at Cambridge Markets EQ every Wednesday and Saturday and other markets, sells beautiful stone fruit including plums, sugarplums and Chinese red dates, citrus and seasonal vegetables including Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. James has also found a popular side business in condiments, including Worcester sauce made by his dad Roy.
“My dad has always made Worcester sauce for us and would sell it at church fairs at Christmas,” says James. “But a few years ago we said to dad, ‘why not try making it for everyone else’.”
The sauce, made from plums, has since been a hit with consumers who love its piquancy. Prickle Hill’s olive oil has also been an award-winner.
For James, the move to selling in markets has been a saviour for his family farm.
“We really appreciate the people who come along to the markets,” he says. “They become a part of our lives, and we become part of theirs. We really want people to know where their money is going when they spend it at a store like ours.”
Exciting news that Cambridge Markets will be holding a giant Christmas market this year at the Entertainment Quarter. The market, which will emulate our huge annual Christmas market at Watsons Bay, will be held on Saturday December 15 between 8am and 5pm. It will be a market featuring not only brilliant festive-season produce (think cherries, stone fruit, hams, turkeys, prawns, salmon, ducks, pates, fresh nuts and olives) but a bounty of gifts and Christmassy goods, indeed everything you need for this special time of year. You’ll find Christmas wrapping paper, wreaths, tree ornaments, candles, flowers and cards plus the sorts of gorgeous artistic, personal, handmade gifts you can’t find in the local mall. This market is the perfect day out for anyone seeking presents for loved ones that are a little out of the ordinary, deeply personal and ethically made or sourced. We will have more details on our stallholders closer to the date. The market makes a wonderful day out for the whole family, with gourmet hot food stalls, rides for kids and, of course, carollers and a visit from Santa.
So, there is much happening this spring at Cambridge Markets. Come by and experience the joy of true community shopping, meeting the farmers and producers who bring their produce to the market each week, and having a great experience in the open air. Cambridge Markets EQ, every Wednesday and Saturday at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. 8am-2pm; cambridgemarketseq.com.au