You might notice that an unusual number of the 27 stallholders at Woollahra’s newest market speak with a French or Spanish accent. The new Woollahra Artisan Market brings a feeling of community to the village and is the brainchild of a native Frenchman, Alain Schwerm.
Schwerm has specifically curated 50 per cent of the products and produce to be French, making this a novel location for language schools to send their students. Many stalls offer directly imported goods, including the 20 cheeses available from La Planchette.
Schwerm is emulating the famous Marché Bio (organic market), located on Boulevard Raspail in Paris, and the impressive quality here speaks to that vision. From ceramics, to chocolate, linen, flowers and medicinal herbal teas, everything here is cultivated with care.
If you’re in search of fresh, local produce, Australian farms are well represented. Common2Us has a selection of quality fruit and vegetables: rainbow silverbeet, carrots and cauliflower. Much of it is grown at a five-acre, organic market garden located at Dural.
At the Salads Direct stall, a self-taught farmer named Jason will sell you the exact same lettuce and leafy greens that Neil Perry (Rockpool) and Tetsuya Wakuda use, grown chemical-free at a farm near Windsor.
If you’d prefer a lazy Sunday, sans-cooking, then Eat Fuh will dish up what is arguably the best pho in Sydney, or a rice paper roll – wrapped fresh on the spot.
Those stopping by to collect their daily bread can also pick up a chocolate croissant or fruity spelt scone from Darlinghurst’s Organic Bread Bar.
Woollahra Artisan Market takes place every Sunday from 8.30am–2.30pm on Queen Street from September to Christmas, 2014.