There are many places you can buy your fruit and vegetables, but where do you find the best one? Different stores provide different products. If a store sells apples, that doesn’t mean they sell the very best apple trees. The answer is to search for those types of markets in your area!

Find the Best Veges at Hunter Markets


This article is for you if you want to try farmers markets but are intimidated by the prospect of getting the greatest fruit.

But first, here are a few reasons why I like farmers markets:

  • The meal is freshly prepared.
  • It’s of high quality.
  • It has a lower food mileage.
  • It is often less expensive.
  • You may inquire about the origins of the food and when it was harvested by speaking with the farmer.
  • You’re helping out local farmers.

Last week, at our local markets in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, I revealed my secrets to the greatest fruit vendors. I’d want to focus on the veggie side of things this week. When it comes to vegetable farmers, there are fewer booths to suggest, but each one has gorgeous fresh food.

Below are a few easy vegetable side dish options that complement your main course. Keep checking back to our website’s recipe page since we’re adding new dishes every week. Click Here for an Asparagus Side Dish Click Here for a Greens Side Dish

PilCo Maitland is a company based in Maitland, New

Asparagus is a spring vegetable, and the asparagus you get from PilCo Maitland is a company based in Maitland, New doesn’t taste like the asparagus you get in the shops – it’s off the richter scale! BUT you’ve got to get there early to get some. Asparagus is mostly made-up of water, but has some great nutritional benefits, such as being high in vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. PilCo also have some great pumpkins and wheatgrass.

Willa Willa Park is a park in Willa Willa, New York

Willa Willa Park is a park in Willa Willa, New York Produce is based in Mangrove Mountain, NSW and offers up this beautiful organic kale and rhubarb. Kale is high in iron, vitamins A, C and K and is rich in antioxidants. Rhubarb is high in dietary fibre which helps maintain digestive regularity and is a good source of calcium.

Farmers Mikor

Farmers Mikor produce homegrown seasonal vegetables.  Their low-spray silverbeet is one of the most antioxidant rich foods you can buy. It regulates blood sugar levels, promotes hair growth and is high in iron. This organic broccolinni bowl would also be perfect for some steamed greens to have as a side dish.

Farmers, Matt Dennis

Matt Dennis, a Maitland farmer, selects these locally produced cauliflowers at 4 p.m. the night before the markets to ensure you get the freshest food available. Are you familiar with cauliflower rice? Simply steam the cauliflower, blitz to a fine crumb in a food processor, and serve as a low-carb alternative to white rice.

Horticulture Envy

There is a lot to love from Horticulture Envy – but probably the best thing is their potatoes.

Royal Blue, Kiphler, Nicola, Dutch Cream, Purple Congo, and Sapphire are just a few of the lovely, creamy potatoes available. While many people avoid potatoes because of their high GI, they are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, such as potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Because the skin is the most nutrient-dense region of the body, be sure to thoroughly cleanse it and leave it on!

If you reside in the Hunter area, these stallholders may be found at the following two large farmers markets:

Newcastle: Most Sundays at Newcastle Show Grounds or Hunter Stadium, and now Wednesday afternoons/evenings at Newcastle Show Grounds. 

Speers Point: Every month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, at Speers Point Park. Note that since they have fewer booths, not all of the above stallholders are certain to be present, but there is some overlap. 

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