Market Special: Paddy’s Market, Haymarket

DSC_0033There’s no doubt, Sydney can be an expensive place to live. According to the most recent Household Expenditure Survey in 2009-2010 ,the average weekly expenditure of food and non-alcoholic beverages in NSW households is $212.67. For the lowest income households in NSW, this is down at $108.55. You can therefore understand why quinoa, goji berries and other so-called ‘superfoods’ are not on the shopping list of many Australian families.

There are still ways to find cheap, local and fresh produce in even the most expensive cities- sometimes you just need to know where to go. I thought I would dedicate some of my posts to showing you places to go to get exceptional value on nutritious food.

Market 1
Loads of local fresh produce
Market 2
Bags of vegetables: $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

The other weekend I visited Paddy’s Market in Haymarket. Just next to the Sydney CBD and located near Chinatown, Paddy’s market offers a great range of Australian-grown fruit and vegetables at very affordable prices. Being the end of summer, there was a vast amount of stone fruit and summer delights on offer.

Market 6 Portrait
Figs: 3 punnets for $5.00!

I picked up the following for the very affordable sum of $37.50:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 5 bananas
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 bag green beans
  • 4 capsicums
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 bag of cucumbers (approximately 6 small)
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 punnets of figs
  • 1 bag of garlic cloves (approximately 30 cloves)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 bag of mushrooms
  • 2 bunches of mint
  • 1 bag of brown onions (approximately 12 small)
  • 4 oranges
  • 3 pears
  • 5 plums
  • 1 small bag of snow peas
  • 1 bag of sugar plums
My bargain bounty at only $37.50!

For more on Paddy’s Market click here.


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