I missed out on The Brickworks market last year but discovered it, and fell in love with it, this summer. It is such a fun - and delicious - place to start off the week-end. There is tons of great snack food - burritos with chorizo, eggs, potatoes and beans, breakfast crepes, grilled Monforte cheese sandwiches, roast potatoes with cheese and chives, JK frites, sweet potato cookies, etc. Last week, I saw Jamie Kennedy there, this week I chatted with Naomi Duguid (she and Jeffrey Alford were offering a casual cooking class). There's free water in containers and the wash station has a flat of plants underneath so as not to waste the dripping water. The place is filled with kids and dogs and there is just a really happy, fun energy. LOVE IT!
My only quibble is with the prices. I don't profess to be an expert in food economics but it just feels to me that if I'm buying local produce, in season, and directly from the makers (i.e. no retailer middleperson in between) - then how come everything feels so pricey? I understand that some of these artisans and farmers are smaller growers/makers and that their costs are higher than the "big guys" but I have to say, from the Cookstown Green herbs ($2-$3 for a wee little bunch) to the Fifth Town cheeses ($10-$12 for small pieces) and the breakfast crepes/burritos (around $8 each), everything is fabulous but spendy. It's not enough to deter me from shopping there as I really love the place and I enjoy buying fresh stuff from and chatting with the people who nurtured it (and would encourage others to do so) but it does make me wonder a bit. Anyway, 'nuff of that, The Brickworks rocks!