A visit to the Southside Farmers Market is not just about picking up your weekly groceries. It is an opportunity to learn about the food you are buying by talking to producers on site.
Biodynamic beef, free-range eggs, seasonal flowers, organic vegetables, freshly baked bread, great coffee and numerous breakfast options are just some of the reasons locals and regulars flock to Canberra College on Launceston St in Phillip every Sunday between 8:00 am until 11:30 am.
Every stall at the markets has a story! If you want to learn the name of the farmers who grow the cherries you are going to be snacking on this festive season or the bakers’ special ingredient for those flaky croissants you enjoy, this is the place to go.
One of the thousands who haunt the Southside Farmers Market regularly in search of the best local produce is Russell Evans. Responsible for the hugely popular Instagram account Experience Eats, Russell has a passion for sharing the best of the region with his audience of close to 25,000 followers.
“Experience Eats was born out of a passion for food, a fondness of good hospitality, and a love for unique dining experiences. We are always in search of inventive, nostalgic, or well-executed classic food and drink ideas,” Russell said.
“We love the markets as they are local to us, and we love supporting local. The Southside Farmers Markets always deliver on providing fresh, high quality and seasonal produce, excellent hot food and amazing handcrafted eats. We discover new and delicious treats each time we go.”
Russell always starts the mornings at the markets by bringing his own locally made keep cup from the pottery studio of Cuptain Planet to be filled up with liquid gold at the CBR Southside Market Coffee stand.
Then it is a spot of grocery shopping with the addition of some takeaway treats to enjoy at home. Weekly inclusions are pretty pink croissants from Husk Bakery and a pack of Milk Chocolate Alfajores from The Milonga. The traditional Argentinian Alfajores is a decadent crumbly tender cookie sandwich with a rich dulce de leche filling and gentle coating of chocolate that the Experience Eats family loves to snack on.
For a quick delicious weeknight dinner, fresh pasta from Dish it Up always makes it into the family’s shopping basket as well.
But for a snack that stops you in your tracks, Russell recommends enjoying these vendors goodies right there on the spot while also enjoying a trip around the world:
Take a trip to Greece with a finger-licking good traditional Greek baklava made with walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hints of cinnamon, cloves and drenched with 100 per cent Australian honey syrup.
This family-run taco stand delivers the true flavours of Mexico to the markets every week. The corn tortillas are grilled and filled fresh to order with the pork a favourite of the Experience Eats team.
This bakery will transport you to Sweden with one bite of their sweet buns. Russell recommends the cardamon to go with your morning coffee.
Southside Farmers Market is on every Sunday morning from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and is located at Canberra College on the corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive in Phillip.