Carriageworks Farmers Markets is reopening this weekend, here's what to expect (plus five other Sydney markets to visit)

Mixed vegie boxes can be pre-ordered for fast pick-up at the markets.
Mixed vegie boxes can be pre-ordered for fast pick-up at the markets. Photo: Jacquie Manning

After it announced its temporary closure more than four months ago due to COVID-19, inner west gourmet food hub Carriageworks Farmers Market is reopening this Saturday August 8 with strict health and safety precautions in place.

Market-goers will be required to provide contact information at entry to enable contact tracing, and hand sanitiser will be provided throughout the site.

This won't be the time for a spontaneous group adventure, the reopened market will be a shop-and-go situation and groups of 10 or more will need to book in advance. Shoppers are also encouraged to travel outside of peak hours and wear a mask while in the area.

This weekend's winter haul will see black truffles from Hartley Truffles available as we approach the final weeks of the truffle season, fresh organic fruit and veg from Kurrawong Organics, buffalo mozzarella from award-winning Vannella Cheese and the much-loved fermented Crumpets by Merna.

Hand sanitiser by food charity Two Good Co and reusable face masks by Roasters with Altitude and Big Bite Eco will also be available to purchase.

Carriageworks Farmers Market reopens Saturday August 8, 8am-1pm; carriageworks.com.au

AFR Life & Leisure. Writer: Necia Wilden. Story: Small Artisans  Caption: Chocolate crumpets, Crumpets by Merna. Photo: Rob Locke @foodwinedine

The small-batch fermented Crumpets by Merna are back at Carriageworks Farmers Market. Photo: Rob Locke

Spread the love: Five more markets to visit to support local producers

Paddy's Markets, Flemington

Reopened at the end of June, this 150-year-old market offers a diverse range of goods to buy, but come on Fridays and Saturdays for the freshest produce. The Foodie Fridays market sees traders show off their best seasonal artisanal goods, while Saturdays are filled with growers selling their freshest fruit and veg at affordable prices. Open Fridays 10am-4.30pm and Saturdays 6am-2pm; paddysmarkets.com.au

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Northside Produce Market, North Sydney

After launching a virtual market during lockdown, this North Sydney produce market reopened with socially distanced stalls, tap-and-go cashless payments and hand sanitiser throughout the site. Pick up fresh fungi from Margin's Mushrooms from the Central Coast; Trunkey Bacon from Orange; organic miso by local maker Enokido Miso; and more. Open 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8am-midday; facebook.com/NorthsideProduceMarket

Shire Farmers Market, Sutherland

This food market in the Sutherland Shire has spread out its stalls for social distancing and offers online and telephone orders so you can minimise your shopping time. Find Babushkas Bagels, Leaning Oak Cheese, On Ya Gnocchi and more, plus Western Sharpening will sharpen your knives in the car park. Open every Saturday 8am-1pm; shirefarmersmarket.com.au

Camden Produce Market, Camden

At this market in the historic western Sydney town of Camden, all products sold are grown, produced or made by the person selling them. The market has a sign-in register, hand sanitiser and doesn't allow hot food to be eaten on the premises. Find Berry Sourdough, Razorback Olives, Bilpin Cider and more, plus local live music acts play as you shop. Open every Saturday, 7am-midday; camdenproducemarket.com.au

The Beaches Market, Warriewood

There's no bunchin' at this Friday market in the northern beaches: social distancing at stalls, food is takeaway only and hand sanitiser is available at the first aid tent. Head here for Australian-grown almond milk by Mandole Orchard, slow-cooked beef brisket from Tothy Brothers Deli and fresh winter produce from Kurrawong Organics. Open Fridays 8am-midday; thebeachesmarket.com