Let's go back to the good old days of making friends with our makers, scrapping packaged foods and enjoying the weekend grocery run.
These top 5 Sydney picks offer quality food, personal service and a foodie's experience to die for. Bonus.. they are also a haven for knowledge, allowing you the opportunity to ask those niggling questions about food to those in the know.
What better way to shop then out in the fresh air amongst other health conscious foodies. Produce markets not only offer organic options for your weekly shop but a host of locally made goodies to test and sample. Bring a friend and it becomes a healthy catch up while ticking off your weekend life admin to do list. My favourite Sydney produce markets are:
Your go-to when stocking up the pantry. The Source offers organic and quality options for grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, spices, oils, vinegars, laundry powders and bathroom goodies. It is all based on a per kilo model, where you only pay for the amount you want so it saves you money. I recommend bringing in your own jars and containers because saving the environment while on a healthy living streak is the way to go. The Source also have an online shop with their full range available as an added bonus.
Consuming organic, grass fed and quality meat is a hugely important component to keeping healthy. There is just no substitute. Feather and Bone offer full transparency on where their meat if from and how it was raised with no exceptions. The beauty of going to a butcher is that you also have the opportunity to pick their brain about the animals, giving you a greater appreciation for what you are consuming. Special mention to their creatively named in house bone broth - 'Take my broth away'.
The Sydney Fish Market is full of passionate fishermen who know their trade. Guaranteed that if you walk through their Pyrmont doors you will get a good dose of information thrown at you about the origins, quality and kind of fish you are buying. Which is important in today's sea of misinformation. You can also be assured it is fresh and without any preservatives, additives or nasties. While you are there jump over the Anzac bridge to Egg of the Universe for probably the tastiest and healthiest lunches you've had. The venue also houses the Seafood Cooking School for those wanting to brush up on their cooking skills.
Flannerys offers all the goodies you need to bulk up your fridge or pantry. Stock up on practitioner only vitamins, organic dairy & it's substitutes and extra vegetables for the rest of the week (if you've already eaten all your amazing greens from the weekend market). It is also a fun place to try out the latest food trends like turmeric latte's, kombucha & bone broth. Stores are dotted around Sydney and most also have a cafe attached if you get peckish before your shop.
Grocery shopping is and should be enjoyable not a chore, so throw away your everyday awards card, dust off your bike and call a friend. It is time to embrace your weekend food shop and get to the places who know food, qualilty and service best.
Jennifer Ward Adv Dip Nat, Bcom Econ
Jennifer is a leading naturopath trained in herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and health coaching. Consultations available by appointment at www.halsahealth.com.au.
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