There’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.
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.
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
For more on Paddy’s Market click here.