Over the past few months I’ve had a number of friends mention to me how good The Beaches Market is at Warriewood. I thought it was time I discovered it for myself.
The market is open every Friday from 8am until 1pm and is held in the grounds of Pittwater Rugby Park, sometimes known as ‘Rat Park’, (not because there are live rats running around but because that’s the unfortunate name of the rugby team!)
I think you can never be too early to arrive at a market. Everything always looks best first thing in the morning. However, beyond my control I arrived at the market at about 10.30am. The car park was by then full and I had to squeeze my people-mover into such a tight space I had to suck my tummy in and walk sideways between my car and the one next to me. Clearly, this is a very popular market.
And then I realised I’d forgotten my shopping trolley. That’s my other market rule – the first is to arrive early and the second is ‘bring a trolley’. Never mind. As I walked towards the market I noticed there is a lot on offer to entertain children. There are pony rides and face painting and a jumping castle and a petting zoo. The place was crowded with children and it seemed every pregnant person pushing a double stroller was there as well.
Stepping into the market, there’s a lot to offer adults as well. There are tables and chairs set up where you can sit and sip your organic coffee while listening to live music. It seems this is a market that’s a popular meeting place where friends gather together and roll out picnic rugs and make a day of it.
The market is quite vast. There are three very long aisles with every imaginable organic item on offer including soaps and oils and pot plants and meat and eggs and fruit and bread and vegetables and wine and juices and pasta and bagels and cheese and sauces, pickles, jams and honey. And there’s homewares and fashion also. And then there are the vendors selling ready-to-eat food like crepes and pies and sausage rolls and bacon & egg rolls and soups and pastries and cakes.
It was hard to know where to start. Because I arrived late, a lot of the fruits and vegetables looked ‘picked over’ and some were being affected by direct sunlight however, with three trips back and forth to the car (won’t forget my trolley ever again), I managed to come home with a great variety of produce.
There are many reasons why I love to shop at markets. It’s a relaxed and casual way to shop with friendly store-owners proudly informing you of their produce. It’s a great opportunity to support small businesses instead of large multi-national corporations. What’s available is seasonal and always terribly fresh and usually the person who’s grown it or made it is also the person selling it to you. And as much as possible, we’re trying to walk the organic path.
The Beaches Market in Warriewood isn’t local to me but it’s not too far out of my way. Because there is so much on offer, I’ll be back. But next time, I’ll arrive early and I’ll be pushing my trolley.
The Beaches Market: Pittwater Rugby Park (Rat Park), 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood NSW
Open: Every Friday, 8am – 1pm