The New Merchants, Danks Street
Do you need to do your Christmas Shopping?
Fourth Village Produce Merchants have opened in Danks Street Waterloo. This is a long awaited store for the area after Frattelli Fresh moved out a couple of years ago. The name Fourth Village is an English translation of Quattroville, the family name of operators, Peter and Annette. Does the name sound familiar? It should, the family has been working in their Mosman Store for nearly 10 years and on their property in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley NSW. They produce olive oil wine, vincotto and brand many of their own products.
Here at Danks Street the feel is similar but with a few marked differences. This store is market style shopping with multiple vendors under one roof. Of course the fruit, vegetables, olive oil and deli are exceptional . There’s Sami’s Souk Middle Eastern groceries and spices, Berkelow sourdough bakery, Oregano bakery, Cheese culture for cheese on the later part of the week, numero uno coffee and others. But I am excited about the Organic Butcher and The one that got away. Fish and organic meat right around the corner from work. I am happy about that.
Just in time for Christmas, the new merchants, Danks Street
The Free Range Butcher
This is is a family business that provide meat direct to the public from their own farm in Barraba in North West NSW and from specially selected partner free range farms. All of the meat is hormone and antibiotic free, and that’s for real, it’s not just a supermarket slogan.
They also have Grass fed, 28 day dry aged beef and Lamb. The Pork is pasture free range and the poultry is also available free range.
The pigs are grown with respect, using sustainable practices. They live outside and feed on pasture foraging and free to roam. This is fully traceable and transparent. Raising animals like this takes time, so you will pay a little more but i certainly don’t mind that.
Do you want free range properly smoked ham?
If you get in quick you may still ave time to order.
The cure for their ham is mixed by hand and the whole process of curing, smoking and cooking is done in house and takes up to two weeks. Commercial supermarket hams are done in two days. They can also get their hands on free range Turkey and other Poultry as they source from farms that share their philosophy.
They also have a website too.
The One that Got Away
Most people familiar with Bondi know “The One that Got away”. Once a family fish and chip shop, it’s now an institution, and one that has been there since 1996. I met Barry, who owns the business at the Fourth Village Produce Merchants the other day. He grew up in Bondi and had a very free childhood. He hung around the beachside suburb on his bike, whipping up a few youthful dust storms as only you could in the of 70’s and 80’s. His business is a lot different these days with all kinds after sales specialities to take home to make your life easy. All the products are made to Barry’s specifications. His products are spread far and wide and can even be picked up in Harris Farm. Smoked fish, pickled octopus and a really delicious Salmon Bolognese , that I bought on my way home last week. I was tempted by the way he talked about making it, and I wasn’t disappointed it was fantastic. There are all kinds of marinated and cryvaced fish products to make life really easy as well as fresh seafood.
His mum still makes the Taramasalata and along with the smoked fish dip is the damn near perfect thing to pick up for a party or entree with friend s coming over. They are on line too!
I just love having these two new Producers around the corner and back in Danks Street to give it a bit of soul. They both take Christmas Orders, but be very quick
Oh and don’t forget the vegetables. All kinds of hard to get things like Oxheart Tomatoes, sorrel and fresh vibrant herbs.
I am not working with or for, The Organic Butcher or The One that Got Away. I just want to support small business.