My story in the current issue of Feast Magazine. The people behind the markets and the stallholders were so genuine and sweet. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.
Each Saturday a public school in Sydney’s inner west transforms into a bustling marketplace selling fresh produce and gourmet goods with the help of a market pioneer and a strong community of stallholders.
“They didn’t know they wanted it back then, but I know they want it now,” roars an animated Elizabeth Taylor about Orange Grove Market. Inspired by a 1991 report in The Independent about consumers yearning for farm-fresh produce, Elizabeth decided to establish an organic farmers’ market in the old Spitalfields site, what she says was the first in England.
When she moved to Australia at the end of 1993, Elizabeth saw potential for a market at Orange Grove Public School in Leichhardt, an inner city suburb of Sydney. “It’s very accessible being on a busy road and the Leichhardt area is very built up,” she says.