Berry County Fair markets

22 Jan

We love spending time down the south coast, only 2hrs from Sydney it’s such a leisurely drive. The town of Berry has always been a quaint little pit stop that has now grown into a destination attracting Sydneysiders enmasse during the holidays. You’ve got to hand to the small businesses who have wholly embraced the influx, opening just the sort of cafes and groovy shops that their visiting customers are used to buying back home. Buying on holidays is just more fun!

Berry Markets

Berry Markets

If we can help it we try to time our visits to coincide with the monthly market, The Berry County Fair. It’s a country market showcasing locally made goods, quite a big one too with over 200 stalls. You can find lots of handmade products – preserves, candles, soaps, cakes, clothing, homewares, gifts and toys. It’s part farmer’s market, part craft market and part artisan market. There are not really any second-hand stalls here although I have seen the odd stall from time to time. I adore this sort of very localised market as they have a great sense of community. Everyone is very friendly and open to a chat, local kids are singing or performing dance routines and there is always a sausage sizzle fundraising for a local community group.

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We’ve eaten the best sausage rolls we’ve ever tasted at this market previously and were hankering for them in the weeks leading up to our visit. Black Cockatoo Organic Produce are regular stall holders here and they not only make a mean sausage roll but also the perfect relishes to go with it. I was keen to restock my pantry with their award-winning tomato relish, and good old-fashioned mustard pickles with chunky cauliflower. Their capsicum and ginger relish is amazing with the christmas ham. Billie gave me a taste of their new mango chutney and I just had to buy that too. This is a family run business from nearby Bomaderry, when I’ve run out of my supplies they have happily posted jars of their relishes to me. I just love grass-roots production. Lovingly made products from family recipes and being able to sell direct to your consumer, we should actively support these ventures.

Black Cockatoo Organic Produce

Black Cockatoo Organic Produce

Another local producer we discovered at the market was Buena Vista Farm. Fiona & her family work a farm in Gerringong producing what they can to sell at various markets in the region but it was the biscuits that really caught our eye or I should say my husband’s sweet tooth. Fiona generously offered us samples of her homemade biscuits, they were all delicious but we just had to have her Ginger Twirlys and now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t buy them by the box! They are gorgeous! Take a look at their blog, Inner Pickle it documents their journey of everyday life on the farm, recipes, living off the land, beautiful snippets of family and their passion in what they do. I find it very touching and inspiring. What a beautiful life.

Buena Vista Farm biscuits. Image courtesy, Inner Pickle.

Buena Vista Farm biscuits. Image courtesy, Inner Pickle.

The Berry County Fair is held on the first Sunday of every month (except February when The Berry Show is held instead. Though the show would make a great visit also!)  It is located at Berry Showground on Albany & Victoria streets, just two blocks back from the shops on Queen st. The market is open from 8am – 2.30pm, entry is free.

P.S. So sorry for the complete lack of posts I’ve been in holiday mode. I do however post pics & my op shopping hauls onto the Facebook page quite regularly, so if you’d like a like more Hunter Gatherers in your life, Like it!

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