Ditching the supermarket giants for the Fresh Food Markets will be the best decision you’ll ever make. No one remembers saving 2 cents on a bunch of bananas, but you will remember how much better they tasted, the entertaining spruiker who encouraged you to buy them, and the passionate service you received on your trip to Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. Being a market shopper doesn’t have to be a distant goal, get into the habit and see how it can change your expectations of the weekly shop.
Gone are the days where we value one-stop-shops for convenience, instead locals appreciate variety. For example, if you’re after deli goods to serve up an incredible looking antipasto platter to guests, you aren’t limited to a pre-made supermarket salad and some cabanossi. At the Fyshwick Fresh Food markets, you can visit Deli Planet, Euro Delicatessen and Mart Delicatessen to see their unique offerings. Source local cuts of meats, have your prosciutto sliced as thin as you like, select from 20 different options of olives – the platter possibilities are endless. You won’t have to worry about searching for what’s in season. At the Fresh Food Markets you’ll find an abundance of seasonal produce that you won’t think twice about opting for those rock hard avocados and hoping they soften overnight.
Supermarkets can’t be the best at everything – but at the markets each store prides themselves on delivering the best of the best. Often family owned and managed, quality runs in the Fyshwick Market blood line. At the markets you can try each item and taste real flavours. The staff know exactly which farm the produce is coming from and the story behind that farm. Supermarkets are under the pressure to offer everything and in turn underdeliver on consumer expectations of quality. At the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, you can find a better alternative for each of the fresh food categories. Those looking to live organically, away from pre-packaged convenient veggies will find the markets an absolute treat.
Don’t walk around sheepishly with taste testing grapes or nuts, at the Fyshwick Markets it is all a part of the experience. Whether it’s a cold meat, a new cheese you’re looking at trialling or a plum you’re testing to see if it’s in season – guess what you won’t go to jail for asking for a taste-test. Ever heard the saying ‘don’t shop on an empty stomach’ ? We think it was invented at the Fyshwick Markets. With so many fresh fast-food options to treat yourself to being a leisurely shop, you’ll definitely be shopping on a full stomach. And we can’t forget the spruikers! Just as I remember from my childhood – fruit jokes only dad would laugh at, followed by ‘get it now before its sold out only $2.99 a kilo” but the type of stuff that sticks with you as an adult and you want your own kids to experience the joys of the fresh food markets.
A lot of people avoid markets because they think they can only source their fruit and veg from there and will still need to source the other 90% of their grocery shop from a supermarket. Well, that is not the case for Fyshwick Markets! You are spoilt for choice with fruits and veggies. Farm Fresh, Trugolds, Wiffens and Ziggys all reside here. You should also have the Crust Bakery on your radar for fresh loaves each shop. Ocean Fresh Seafoods and Sea Harvest will make you feel like you live near the ocean with their fresh offerings. As for meat and poultry, Fyshwick Gourmet Organic, Mikes Meats, Unique Meats and even Fyshwick Halal Poultry have every cut you could possibly ask for, plus they will even tell you how to cook it. The Deli’s are really something to marvel over, you could spend all day rummaging through pickled foods and fresh-made pastas. Plonk has all your alcohol needs covered, plus a few extra gems you won’t find anywhere else around Canberra. Even more recently a new wing of the Fyshwick Markets has opened called the Niche Markets. Not only can you now do your grocery shop, but you can also pick up that special birthday gift or even get your hair-cut. With everything from fashion and jewellery to homewares, flowers, art, donuts and, of course, good coffee being available.
The warehouse inspired Niche markets has an incredible 40 new specialist traders, with many small local retailers and artisan food providores. It’s guilt-free spending when you know it’s going to supporting the talent in our local community. By shopping at the Fyshwick Markets, Canberra’s oldest market, you are supporting local makers and business owners with the Markets owned by locals and all the stalls owned and operated by local Canberrans.
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