Parramatta Farmers' Markets
Every Friday, Centenary Square comes alive with the open-air Parramatta Farmers' Markets, the same site as the City's original food market dating back to 1791. Vendors certainly did not use plastic back in those days and, in an exciting move, the Parramatta Farmers' Markets is going plastic-free in 2020 (read the full story below).
Showcasing a variety of fresh fruits, eggs, vegetables, nuts, bread, meat, honey, cheese, pastries and flowers sourced from the Sydney basin and regional NSW, there is something for everyone. The markets are perfect for an inspiring breakfast or lunch, and for stocking up fresh Australian produce including:
- Coconut Coffee - High quality coffee with an optional healthy coconut oil extract addition
- Dumpling Pavilion - Authentic handmade dumplings
- Gozleme King - Authentic Turkish Gozleme Street Food
- Juice Mia – Sugar Cane Juice with a variety of flavours
- Kalye – Phillipino style BBQ skewers
- Mayfarm Flowers – Selection of fresh cut flowers
- Octoberfest Bratwurst – German Bratwurst BBQ
- Enchanted Delight – Sweet and Savoury Pastries
- Serena's Finer Things – Gluten free desserts and baked goods
- Shakus Kitchen – Indian inspired dishes
- Shepherds Artisan Bakehouse – Breads, Pies and Pastries
- Sofrito - Spanish Paella
- Summerland Honey - Fresh Honey, Soaps, Spreads and Jams
- Zerrin's Evergreen – Plants and Succulents
- Zaytoona – Mediterranean Style wraps and dips
- Steph's Gourmet Food – Cheeses, Truffles, Salami’s, Sausages and Condiments
- Poached - Corn Fritters
- Nashdale Produce Co – Fruit, Vegetables and Eggs
- Hill-Lock Orchard – Fruit and Vegetables
- On Ya Gnocchi – Homemade Gnocchi with homemade Napolitana Sauce
- Paper Crane Kitchen – Vietnamese Style Banh Mi buns
Fridays are your opportunity to mingle with growers and providores selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce
Parramatta Farmers' Markets is going plastic free!
From 31 January, stallholders and food vendors will begin phasing out single-use plastic packaging and utensils and replacing them with reusable or compostable alternatives.
New green-lidded bins will be placed at the markets for customers to dispose of their compostable products, leftover food and other organic waste into. The waste from green-lidded bins will be taken to a local food waste-to-energy facility in Camellia and transformed into sustainable products such as green energy and nutrient-rich fertiliser.
To succeed we need your help to ensure only organic waste is disposed of in the green lidded bins, so keep your eye out when you’re at the Farmers' Markets and ensure you are disposing correctly.
Approximately 80 percent of the waste currently generated at the markets is compostable but is disposed of in general waste bins and taken to landfill. Once in landfill, it breaks down and emits potent greenhouse gases.
As Australian landfills reach capacity and the impact of plastic devastates our environment, the demand for better waste practices grows. In November last year, students from the What’s Up West Youth Conference made it clear that environmental sustainability was their top priority and voted for the project to go ahead.