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Eveleigh Markets, Darlington

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally go to Eveleigh Markets! I have wanted to go for a while now, however, something always comes up and when the doc-to-be suggested this place for brunch I couldn’t say no!

Eveleigh Markets first opened in February 2009, an undercover, weekly Farmers’ Market open every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm in Darlington. It is located in the heritage-listed Blacksmith’s workshop opposite Carriageworks.

The market features a vast array of seasonal produce including organic, bio dynamic foods from farmers and artisan food producers across New South Wales. It includes seasonal fruits and vegetables, lamb, beef, nuts, fresh pasta, free range pork, cheese, organic lamb and beef, dairy, sweet and savoury treat and of course delicious food and coffee from a variety of providores.

‘The Mother’ and I scoped out the venue before deciding what we wanted to eat. I heart bread, fresh bread and couldn’t resist getting a loaf from Shepherd’s Bakery.

The different types of cheese to taste, vintage, French or Camembert. Hmhmh I love a good soft cheese – the softer the better!

Bird Cow Fish had some scrumptious looking cakes and pastries. They also offered three-egg omelettes made to order. They have wonderful breakfast such as chocolate brioche, banana bread, toasted zucchini and walnut breads and hot porridge served with brown sugar in a cup. However, I couldn’t go past these delicious apple and rhubarb jam! Certainly can’t wait to try them for breakfast this week.

Different types of organic beef. We didn’t buy any steak unfortunately but did buy some sausages and they were seriously delicious.

Buckets of pink lady apples. The doc-to-be’s fiancé doesn’t like eating fresh apples but loves cooked apples – quite the opposite to ‘The Mother’.

I learnt a great deal about potatoes that day, and which potatoes to use for that perfect roast potatoes. I didn’t realise there were so many different types! I only buy one type – desiree and that’s just as good for roast potatoes apparently. Will definitely venture out and buy different types now that I have learnt a thing or two.

Got some smoked salmon from ‘Brilliant Food’ as I LOVE smoke salmon!

Fresh vegetables and fruits on site, I love the bright and vibrant colours.

And of course different types of desserts – brownies and sticky date pudding from fare gourmet.

The doc-to-be bought this lovely lemon meringue cake for a friend’s birthday that he was attending that evening.

They had wonderful coffees from Toby’s estate but for breakfast, or brunch I should say, I couldn’t resist Kylie Kwongs ‘Steamed savoury pancakes with organic vegetables and organic egg ‘($9).

Yes, Kylie Kwong herself was there, and I managed to take a quick snap of her whilst she was busily making my breakfast!

Two delicious thin pastries topped with fresh vegetables and a warm cooked omelette drizzled with soy sauce and topped with mint. It was deliciously light and refreshing!

The doc-to-be’s fiancé ordered the steamed dumplings and absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a photo of these, as I was busily eating!

‘The Mother’ opted for the Gourmet Steak Sandwich – Angus beef, beetroot relish, caramelised onions and fresh mixed salad on a fresh bun ($8.50). Generous servings of steak which were made on the spot. They were deliciously tender and succulent. I loved the beetroot relish and the caramelised onions a wonderful complement.

It was a messy burger, sauce dripping down the arm, it was good, however, I think I prefer if the bun was slightly toasted! Regardless, for $8.50 it was stupendous!

We walked up and down numerous times deciding what we want and need. I think we may have bought more than we should have – impulse buying! Better more than not enough right?

I’m definitely looking forward to coming back again and buying fresh produce! The bacon and eggs roll looked divine so will have to try that next time.

Great to catch up with friends and great for families. Loved getting my coffee fix whilst sitting under the sun and people watching.

Eveleigh Markets Darlington

243 Wilson Street,

Darlington 2008 [near Redfern Station]