Pre-kids I really enjoyed wandering around a market – sampling yummy food, finding some good bargains, buying homemade goodies and soaking up the atmosphere. So I was very excited when I heard that a monthly market – Market By The River – was coming just down the road to Ermington. And more so because it was an initiative of the Imagine Ermington Project.
Market By The River launched in December 2016 at Halvorsen Park, along Parramatta River. It is a partnership with City of Parramatta Council, initially as a trial for a few months. It is exciting that Market By The River continues to grow and is now on twice a month, which is great news for us locals and the passionate locals behind the markets.
Market By The River is the first markets that I have been to post-kids and with kids in toe. I loved the community atmosphere and vibrancy it brought to the area. It was great to see all the produce, homemade products and yummy food stalls. Understandably my little ones interest didn’t last long. Thankfully though there is a playground right next to the markets. Hubby took our Mr 3 and Mr 2 down for a play so I could wander in peace!
We love hearing all the wonderful feedback from local families about the markets. And it is hard to believe Market by the River has turned one already! We wish them all the very best and thank Ellie and her team for all their efforts in making this local market a great success.
There are now 70+ great, high quality food, drink and artisan stalls that attend Market By The River. Stalls change from month to month, based on feedback from people attending.
Here are a few of the stalls, including five by local mums – Ria of Pinta Crafts, Tamsyn of A.K.A Coffee, Kellie of Simply Elegant Handmade Cards, Vicky of Sweet Joys and Denise of Banjos Bead House – that have attended the markets.
- Pinta Crafts runs mobile ceramic painting activities for kids and adult parties, workshops and other events. Visit their stall to see what they have to offer. The finished pieces are functional, usable and all dinnerware are food-safe and microwave-safe.
- Sweet Joys sell sweets to bring you joy, including cookies, chocolates, marshmallows, scrolls and lollipops.
- Diego’s Donuts serve up delicious fresh donuts made on site right before your eyes.
- Paul the Plantman has a huge range of plants including shrubs, herbs, ground cover, tube stock and subtropical plants.
- Pepe Saya has a range of artisan butter, buttermilk, creme fraiche, mascarpone and ghee. Their hand churned salted butter has been a popular choice.
- SpiceVine has a range of handcrafted marinades and simmer sauces. They deliver rich and vibrant flavours and are absolutely, positively natural. Options include Chilli-Lime Smash, Coriander Zing, Curryleaf Crunch, Garlic Gluttony, Mirch Masala and Butter Chicken.
- Babushkas Bagels are made the traditional way – hand rolled, boiled and baked using only the finest ingredients. You can grab a few different options from their stall, including sundried tomatoes, jalapeños, nutella, onion and chives, with vegan and dairy free options available.
Nearby Playgrounds and Street Library
You will be happy to know that there are four playgrounds within walking distance of Market By The River. This means you can easily make a morning of your visit to the markets. And there is also a great new street library to visit on Yarramona Street, a few streets away!
- In Halvorsen Park itself, there is a great nautical themed playground. It is best suited for kids 2-8yrs and partially shaded.
- A little east, along the River walkway at Arista Way, is River Park. It has a cool fenced playground, best suited for kids under 5 but it isn’t shaded.
- Just a bit further east again is George Kendall Riverside Park. This very large park has a number of sportsfields, bbqs and picnic shelters as well as toilets, a carpark, cycle/ footpaths and a shaded playground.
- Just up the hill passed George Kendall Riverside Park, is Ken Newman Park with a playground and pond. You can ride/walk there from Halvorsen Park up the path just before Allure Crescent, off Seamist Ave.
Getting to Market By The River
Halvorsen Park is right by Parramatta River and offers a beautiful backdrop for browsing through stalls and enjoying the delicious food on offer. Unfortunately, there is limited street parking around Halvorsen Park. We were able to find parking a few streets away. There is also a small carpark in George Kendall Riverside Park.
You can catch the M52, 524, 523 or 544 bus to within a comfortable walking distance of Market By The River (about 700m).