Fresh reason to stop along Darby Street. / by Kian West

Harris Farm Markets brings its much-loved family grocer to the heart of Newcastle with its Cooks Hill opening on Darby Street today, Thursday, 25 October.

Cheese 400 Harris Farm

And she is big! 1,200 square metre flagship market is one of the largest for Harris Farm’s with a significant range of local products, nodding to the artisans and producers of the greater Newcastle and Hunter regions.

Shoppers can enjoy Maryville’s Uprising Bakery, complementing the store’s onsite bakery located on a mezzanine level with an impressive five-metre BreadFall, and Cadre Coffee by Newcastle café and roastery Moor. At the onsite café, shoppers can collect toasties and pastries on-the-go along with takeaway meals, house-made tagines and single origin coffee.

“Newcastle has been crying out for a grocery offering to match their tastes,” says Harris Farm Markets Co-CEO Tristan Harris. “Newcastle has a wealth of great artisans and we’re combining these local heroes with the best from our neighbourhoods in Sydney, all under one roof.

“From the Hunter region, the grocery stocks local gourmet labels Rosto Grove, Bacco’s Bakeries and  Pukara Estate  as well as new brands Kerr’s Kitchen and  Adina Vineyard,” he says.

Harris Farm’s signature farmers-style experience offers Newcastle an abundance of fresh fruit and vegies– including locally grown and organic options – plus a nut station and flower market.

The Newcastle shopfront bolsters the local offering with Fresh Seafood by celebrated fishmongers, the Papacosta family, and a 400-strong cheese selection. 

The Newcastle store is also home to a premium and extensive meat offering, with a cut-to-order Harris Farm Meats butchery and dry-aged fridges. The local shoppers will find many of Australia’s best producers including Joe Papandrea snags, Northern Rivers craft Salumi, Hazeldene’s Farm chooks, Cape Grim meats, Valenca pork, and much more.

The Darby Street store features the popular ‘pour-your-own’ Milk Bar, giving customers more milk choices with a rotating single herd milk on tap. Each dairy farm featured on tap receives an additional 30 per-cent return above regular milk farmgate prices per litre. Available in opening month is the Fairley family herd multi award-winning mixed breed milk, from their farm in Picton, NSW. 

To celebrate its Newcastle debut, Harris Farm will host a barbecue cook up to raise money for John Hunter Children’s Hospital during its opening weeks.

In line with Harris Farm’s sustainable and minimal waste philosophy, its Newcastle store is plastic bag free.

Newcastle is the 21st Harris Farm store and joins the existing Erina store on the Central Coast. The store carries on the brand’s commitment to offering the Central Coast and Hunter region communities high-quality fruit and vegies and premium gourmet groceries, plus plentiful onsite parking to match.