There will be hay bales, farm trucks and fresh produce aplenty at the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Market when it opens on June 21.
Expect plenty of country charm at the Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets, says organiser Mark Power, who has enlisted the help of set designers to create more than your average market atmosphere.
“We have engaged set designers who worked on Angelina Jolie’s last movie to transform the former QIT Campus at Carseldine with creative concepts. It’s all packed away in a couple of on-site shipping containers during the week and the site is transformed for the market,” says Mark.
“There’s an old landcruiser that has been converted into farm jeep with a platform for musicians to play and plenty of hay bails. We are having lots of fun.”
Farmers will travel from Stanthorpe, Yandina, Maleny, Wamuran and more to bring their produce to market. Expect to find freshly picked fruit and vegetables including bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries but it all depends on what mother nature dishes up over the next week. The organisers promise premium quality, in-season fresh produce from south-east Queensland, gourmet foods, artisan bakers, butchers and fishmongers, as well as talented local designers, painters and performers.
Amongst the 148 vendors at the market will be some favourites, including the popular Goat Pie Guy and Seven Novak with bread from his German bakery in Noosa, along with several stall holders from the Kuraby Farmers Market. Look out for Sneaky Cafe’s empanadas and corn-based sweet treats which come wrapped in a banana leaf and are made to a family recipe. Try the Japanese street food and the North African meals which will fill you up for just $7 or $8 dollars. Buy a smoothie and get a free personal training session from the tradies-turned-stall-holders or forget the diet and indulge at Double Dutch with a crisp, creamy topped waffle.
Carseldine Market also promises local live music, kids activities and offers a large seating area. It’s open every Saturday from 6am to 12 noon at 532 Beams Road, Carseldine which is the old QIT Campus. Parking is available for over 600 cars with entrances off Beams Road and Dorville Road.