Sydney’s Hawkesbury region is known for it’s fresh produce, meats and preserves. So there’s no doubt that a farmers market from the region would be one of the best spots for fresh market goodness.
Well here’s the really good news. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, Castle Hill hosts the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers Market with a collection of NSW’s finest producers from the Hawkesbury region and beyond. With over 60 regular stallholders just 30 minutes north of the Harbour, it is well worth the trip.
What’s on offer?
Naturally, you’ll find seasonal produce (like strawberries!), sourdough bread, meat, fresh herbs, nuts and plenty of sweet treats. Some less common delights include traditional Scottish fare, Jersey milk from real Jersey cows, authentic French cheeses and handmade desserts from Sydney’s The Choc Pot.
Plus you can grab a coffee made with beans grown locally by Australian Coffee Estate.
That community feeling
The market in Castle Hill began as a partnership between Black Castle Events and Hawkesbury Harvest.
Hawkesbury Harvest is a community-based collective of local growers. The group works to maintain the high quality of local produce and improve the financial security for those working in the region.
Starting with 25 stalls in 2002, the farmers market gave the Hawkesbury growers a chance to showcase their produce to Sydney’s weekend market goers. As it has grown, stallholders have joined from all over NSW, making it a diverse market with reliably high quality produce.
Are there any handmade art and crafts?
Yep, you’re in luck. On the 4th Saturday the Hills Artist Market sets up alongside the fresh produce - offering artist-made jewellery, fashion, kids’ clothes, toys and timberware. Oh, and if you’re a fan of handmade candles you’ll be in heaven.
On these alternate Saturdays there’s also a bolstered showing from the farmers and growers. You’ll find more eateries, fresh cut flowers, plants, organic tea and gourmet preserves.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ll have the chance to buy some post-organic lamb from High Steaks Farming, who claim it’s the closest thing you’ll get to eating wild meat without hunting.
While you’re in the neighbourhood
If you’re looking to make a weekend of it and want more market action, there’s plenty to keep your tastebuds busy.
Black Castle Events organise two more markets so you can experience the best of the region all weekend.
The Blackheath Growers Market is on the 2nd Sunday of each month if you fancy a drive through the mountains from Castle Hill. The Springwood Growers Market is on every 4th Sunday, where the baked goods and desserts are next level.
Hawkesbury Harvest also run the Farm Gate Trail, which you can follow to meet the local producers and restaurateurs as you sample their delicious food, wine and hospitality.
Castle Hill Farmers Market
2nd & 4th Saturday each Month
Castle Hill Showground
8am to Midday