Hidden Gems at the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market

Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market - Leader Street, Wayville SA 5034

If you're an Adelaide foodie and are yet to pay a visit to the weekly Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market, then you're definitely missing out! As South Australia's largest farmers' market and even awarded the nation's best farmers' market in Australian Traveller magazine in 2015, it's no surprise the market attracts over 6,000 people every Sunday.

The not-for-profit market was established in 2006 to support small family farms, agricultural diversity and fresh, regional and seasonal choices for consumers. The diverse market represents all regions of the state, inspiring customers to consider where their food comes from and how it is produced.

The Adelaide Showground Farmer's Market is a great place to pick up beautiful produce and those hard-to-find ingredients. It also really opens your eyes to what is actually able to be grown in the South Australian climate, and of course what is truly in season at any particular time of the year!

The goodies we received from the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market

We recently received an amazing selection of goodies from South Australian producers who have stalls at the farmers' market that we'd like to share with you. All produce was provided on behalf of the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market.

Dehydrated persimmon (left) and sun dried plums (right) from Cooinda
Sun dried plums from Cooinda

Cooinda Proprietors
Cooinda's is located on a picturesque stretch of the Murray River, 11km north of Swan Reach on a property that has been in the family since 1899. Mark and Taryn Grieger, along with their three children, now run the farm which consists of 624 hectares of fruit trees, stock and native mallee.

Mark and Taryn hand pick their fruit and sun-dry it naturally without the use of preservatives, which is difficult to come across and not available in commercial supermarkets. Mark also uses minimal sprays and biological controls to manage pests and disease on his farm, as well as under-tree micro sprinklers to help minimise water use without disrupting quality.

We were lucky enough to try a few unique dried products from Cooinda’s, including dried plum and dehydrated persimmon. It’s not often that you’ll see dried plums, but these were sweet and packed with flavour – we’ll definitely be picking these up instead of the usual dried apricots from now on!

Island Pure Sheep Dairy
Located on the banks of the beautiful Cygnet River and Gum Creek on Kangaroo Island, Island Pure Sheep Dairy was South Australia’s first sheep dairy and cheese factory, opening in 1992 and stretching over 260 hectares.

Island Pure produce some of the best sheep cheese and yoghurt in Australia, hand making their entire range with a strong focus on sustainability and a commitment to the environment. We were lucky enough to try two of Island Pure’s cheeses, the Du Couedic and the Cassini. Du Couedic is a hard yet creamy, piquant and lightly zesty cheese which we enjoyed with sourdough bread on a cheese board, but would also be a fantastic cheese to cook with. The Cassini is a Spanish Manchego style hard cheese that is superbly buttery, smooth and rich, best enjoyed by itself, or grated over pasta and risotto.

Dried apples and figs from The Food Forest

Organic pistachios from The Food Forest

The Food Forest
The Food Forest is a buzzing biodynamic farm in Gawler that produces over 160 varieties of organically certified fruit and nuts, wheat and vegetables, free range eggs, honey, carob beans, Australian native foods, nursery plants and even timber. The permaculture farm was started by Annemarie and Graham Brookman and their children Tom and Nikki. They wanted to create a learning centre to demonstrate how an ordinary family, with a typical Australian income, can grow its own food and create a productive and diverse landscape.

Organic pistachios are a popular product from The Food Forest's stall at the farmers' market, as they are not commonly a nut grown in South Australia. They are best enjoyed fresh when they come into season in April - so now is the perfect time to stock up! The Food Forest also grow the most delicious pomegranates - sweet, tart and incredibly juicy, as well as dry beautiful figs and apples to be enjoyed all year round - all of which were perfect additions to our cheese plate!

Cooinda’s, Island Pure Sheep Dairy and The Food Forest are only three of the amazing producers and farmers who sell their products weekly at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market. Whether you are doing your weekly grocery shopping, or just popping past for a coffee and a pastry, the farmers' market is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.

Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market is on every Sunday from 9am-1pm in Leader Street, Wayville.


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