Every year, more and more Australians are warming to the idea of celebrating Christmas with food that is more suitable to our climate. Whether you adhere to the European tradition of having roasted meats and vegetables or are more partial to seafood on the barbecue, you can search for inspiration during the Silly season at the weekly Shire Farmer’s Market in Sutherland. Here are a few artisan ingredients that will help elevate your festive feast.
Pepe Saya Butter
Putting together a festive hamper for the foodie in your family? The Pepe Saya Christmas Gift Pack includes a butter keeper and wheel of cultured butter. Grass-fed, fermented, perfected then churned. That’s the story behind Pepe Saya’s cultured butter. Impress your guests with a restaurant butter log, so you can slice off perfect little rounds or indulge in a tub of crème fraiche, to take your plum pudding to the next level. If you miss the market, you can now purchase Pepe Saya products online. Pepesaya.com.au
Baker Nick Tabet’s sourdough is off the charts. This stall is located in prime position next to Pepe Saya, so you can sample a flavour bomb of bread and butter. Thoroughbread’s bread is on the menu everywhere from Brewtown Newtown, to Harry’s Bondi and Hazelhurst Café. If you’re making stuffing, go for a 1.1kg loaf of white sourdough and take the hard work out of dessert by outsourcing your mince pies to Thoroughbread. www.facebook.com/thoroughbreadbakery/
Tathra Place Free Range
Hard-core foodies in the Sutherland Shire can be found congregating outside the Tathra Place Free Range stall engaged in conversation with farmer Luke Winder. The stall sells free-range eggs, ethically produced, chemical-free pastured heritage pork, chicken, beef, duck and small goods. Luke and wife Pia have a 120-acre farm in Taralga, north of Goulburn, and they divide their time between the farm and their home in Gymea Bay. Pre-order for Christmas pick it up at the market. www.tathraplacefreerange.com
Kombucha is a fermented probiotic iced tea so it really looks after your gut health and is a great alternative to alcohol during the silly season. Flavours include blueberry and mint, nashi pear and ginger, turmeric and ginger and lemon myrtle. Grab a few roadies for the drive home and a six-pack for your I Quit Sugar-obsessed aunt.
Enjoy a post market pit-stop at White Horse Coffee
While there is no longer a White Horse Coffee stall at the Markets, you can still make a pit-stop pre-or-post market at bricks and mortar cafe Brother Fox, Flora St in Sutherland. The café sources the highest-quality green beans and roasts them in a rare German 1957 Probat UG22, which results in a full-flavoured roast. If you want to get your hands on some of the beans, you can buy them instore or online. Whitehorsecoffee.com.au
The last Shire Farmer’s Market for 2016 will be held on Christmas Eve. The market is held adjacent to a tranquil pocket of Peace Park and is just 100m from the train station.