Once a month, on the first Sunday, southend park on the corner of Avoca Drive & Vale Ave at Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast comes alive with a vibrant Growers Market. Operated by Blackcastle Events.
I recently visited the markets and recorded an audio guide to Avoca Beach Growers Market. To confirm the dates for the market click here Avoca Beach Growers Market.
Originally part of a land grant to John Moore in 1830, the land on the southern side of Bulbararing Lagoon (now called Avoca Lagoon), he named his farm Avoca and planted vines and fruit trees. The area subsequently remained a farm until the mid 20th century when housing development began. Now Avoca Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the New South Wales (NSW) Central Coast with its 1km long sweep of golden sand providing plenty of beach space for all and excellent surfing too. Families are also well caterred for with a large rock pool nearby the Avoca Beach Surf Club which allows families with small children to safely enjoy a swim.
Operating from 08:00am – 12:00pm the Avoca Beach Growers Market covers a wide range produce, everything from hand made sweets and jams through to farm produced cheeses, meats, wine and fruits.
During my visit I met up and had a chance to talk with a few growers and producers. David Borg of Willowbrae Chevre Cheese, a producer of very fine fresh goats curd and goats cheeses who only sell their produce through growers markets around the Sydney Basin. Lyn from Ding products a Peranakan Producer of great gourmet cooking pastes, Tim from Meliora Farm at Peats Ridge who continues his family’s tradition and continues to farm citrus and avocado on a property that has been in his family for 90+ years and Jubilee Wines, who in a family operation produce some very fine wines from Chambourcin grapes in the Haweksbury River Valley.
All are passionate about their produce that they either grow or produce themselves. That’s the greast thing about grower’s markets, you can get closer to the source of the produce than you can in almost any store and this passion comes across in the podcast. So if you’re heading to the NSW Central Coast and co-incide with the 1st Sunday of the month try to get along to Avoca Beach Growers market, you won’t be dissappointed.