A weekend escape to South West Sydney offers the chance to learn about sustainable lifestyles, to meet the growers, and to reconnect with where food comes from. Our unique and personalised small group ‘Fork’n Foodies‘ tour takes you on an adventure from farm to fork, visiting farmers, butcheries, a fresh produce market, and orchards. On the fully escorted tour you get to sample local produce, enjoy a farm tour, as well as a cooking demo by ‘the farmer’s wife’ at one of our stops. More information can be seen here, but if you prefer to navigate your own way we’ve made a few suggestions below.
A must visit is the Camden Fresh Produce Market which is held each week on Camden Town Farm. It’s the only genuine farmers market in NSW operating on a working farm. Every Saturday morning, between 7am and 12pm, up to 30 stall holders gather on the flood plains. They sell everything from artisan breads, cakes and cheeses, to olive oils, open-range meats and organic produce, as well as candles, cider, and honey.
The number of markets operating across the Macarthur region is growing rapidly and each offers something different for you to explore. Cobbitty Village market is a true country experience and has been operating for over 30 years. Similar to other markets in the region, they are not on every week so you need to time your visit. Picton Market is another country experience worth checking out if you are in the Wollondilly area.
If you’re after a true dry farming organic experience you can’t beat Field to Feast in Catherine Field. Hapi and Cath warmly welcome you to their farm each Friday and Saturday to not only experience their amazing produce, but also to tour the farm or participate in a cooking experience. Once you’ve bought fresh from the farmer it’s hard to go back to buying anywhere else, which is why this is one of the favourite stops on our Fork’n Foodies tour.
The Macarthur region is also home to many beautiful gardens including the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan, and the Picton Botanic Garden. The Australian Botanic Garden is a 416-hectare garden, between Campbelltown and Camden. It is the largest botanical garden in Australia, specialising in native plants, with a collection of over 4000 species.
The Australian PlantBank, located at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan, is a science and research facility of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. It houses the Trust’s seedbank and research laboratories that specialise in native plant conservation. The state-of-the-art facility is positioned globally as a symbol of preservation of the natural cycle from the germination of seed to the propagation of forests. The ‘Secrets of the Seed Vault’ tour generally runs once a month on a Saturday morning. Bookings are essential.
Why not stay the weekend and experience markets and more. There are a range of accommodation options available across the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas to suit all tastes and budgets.