Normally when we head to Gosford Racecourse we’re all dolled up and gearing up for a big day at the races.
Since the rebrand to the Entertainment Grounds, there’s loads of other things happening at the venue including a weekly farmers’ market – held every Sunday from 8am to 1pm.
When we arrive at Gosford City Farmers Market a little after 10, we see lots of market-goers with bags bursting with vibrant greenery – from the farm gate to our plate, the fruit and veg on offer is super fresh.
There’s balls of broccoli and three types of kale at Hawkesbury Farm Produce, bulging bags of button mushrooms at Margins and at just $4 a bunch, rhubarb is the hot ticket at Delightfully Fresh Organics.
We even spy tamarillos, prickly cucumbers and glossy apples that you don’t have to be called Eve to be tempted by.
As well as fruit and veg, there’s a few clothing and homeware stalls.
Heavenly soy candles line up at Katey’s stall, Pippi Lifestyle is offering striped cushion covers and pretty bunting, plus there’s elegant prints at Patti Moi Designs and adorable handmade concrete candles at Evie & Co.
We’re tempted by all the herbs and plants and end up walking away with a cute little yucca from Pavers’n’Stuff which now has pride of place in our living room.
In the bookie’s ring, where we’re used to placing bets, there’s everything from flavoured liqueur to Little Creek Cheese and Girl Made’s organic raw chocolate.
It’s never too early for a couple of lemon myrtle scones with bush jam and cream at Wattle Tree Creek’s stall. Try them with passionfruit butter.
There’s also Sweet Cheeks’ delicious gluten-free brownies – the date and ginger is amazing – hearty beef pies, colourful paella, dim sum, Girl Made’s raw chocolate bars, super foods, gozleme, Indian and exquisite looking desserts at Eva’s Patisserie.
The variety is extraordinary – we advise you visit on an empty stomach.