From my family’s back deck in Newcastle you can see the trail of purple Jacaranda trees in full bloom, across the suburbs and out to the sea. It’s Jacaranda time in Sydney and Newcastle (although it’s reaching its end in Brisbane).
This beautiful tree which originally hails from tropical and subtropical Central and South America nows marks the rapid onset of the Christmas season in SE Australia (or if you live in Brisbane that it is far too late to start studying for your end of year exams).
We took the opportunity, while visiting this past weekend to drop into the Newcastle City Farmers Market, which very conveniently operates just down the road from where we were staying.While the market looks rather like the ones in Canberra, indeed we think we even spotted a common supplier
I was looking for local produce. I must say that small dairies seemed to be a going concern with several milk and yoghurt suppliers in evidence. I bought two flavours of Marrook Farm biodynamic yoghurt (bush honey and lemon myrtle). I also got a bag of Port Stephens oysters and half a dozen passionfruit, the latter destined for icecream.
Being somewhat of a purist in these matters, I thought that the craft stalls, those re-selling cheap imported products rather than genuine hand-crafted items, did detract from the proceedings. On the other hand the Shetland pony rides bought back memories of school fetes and the jazz band and cooking demonstrations added to the general atmosphere.
So if you are in Newcastle on a Sunday morning 8.00 am to 1.00pm you can head over to the Newcastle Showgrounds at Broadmeadow and check them out.