Carriageworks has announced its 2019 Christmas farmers market line-up – and it’s going to be more festive (and delicious) than your nana’s brandy-soaked pudding. Better yet, creative director of Carriageworks Farmers Market Mike McEnearney (Kitchen By Mike) is encouraging visitors to buy from regional NSW producers in an effort to support them during one of the worst droughts in history.

Luckily for us, McEnearney has collected a group of producers, stallholders and purveyors who will make buying regional easy. Cornersmith’s Alex Elliott-Howery will be making the most of the abundance of cherries that December brings with a cherry-pickling course. Students will make and take home cherries in boozy syrup and a create a cherry pickle that matches perfectly with Christmas ham.

Forget the last-minute Christmas Eve dash to Coles: the market’s regular stallholders will embrace the festive eating season. Pick up fresh oysters from Josh Niland’s Fish Butchery; Christmas hams from Linga Longa Farm and Melanda Park; seasonal fruits (including cherries, mangos and stone fruits) from Kurrawong Organics and Drive In Orchards; poultry from Thirlmere Poultry Supply; Christmas Day booze from Wildflower, Hunter and the Harp and Headlands Distilling Co; and puddings, mince tarts and gingerbread from Flour and Stone.

Regulars participating include Cornersmith, Eat Me Chutneys, La Tartine Bakery, Olsson’s Sea Salt, Pasta Emilia, Pecora Dairy, Pepe Saya, Two Good Co and Westmont Pickles.

As you’re ticking items off your grocery list, knock over your Christmas shopping, too. There’ll be a range of food-themed gift stalls from Batch Ceramics, T Totaler, Continental Deli, Andy Bowdy’s Saga, the Country Women’s Association, Seedlip, Darlington Public School and Apron Studio.

The Carriageworks Christmas famers markets have been running since 2015, turning the weekly Saturday markets into a festive wonderland.

The Carriageworks Christmas farmers market is on December 21 from 8am to 2pm. Entry is free. Tickets to the cherry-pickling workshop are $45 and are available here.