‘Buy more local produce’ is one of my top food resolutions this year, and I can’t think of a better way to start than by visiting a local food market.
Discovering how and where your food is grown and who grows it is one of the great advantages of shopping at your local food market.
At a good farmer’s market, the stalls are manned by the farmers themselves, or by people directly in contact with them. If you are not sure about how close the seller is to the source, just ask a few questions.
Often genuine farmer’s stalls will only sell one or just a few different products, so ask more questions when there’s a large variety of goods on sale.
Here are five of my favourites. They all make a good start to the day!
Jan Power’s Farmers Market
Start with a freshly brewed coffee because you’ll need plenty of energy to get around this big market. As well as fresh produce there’s plenty of opportunity to eat as well so plan on picking up a paper and a croissant or crepe for breakfast. Jan Power’s Powerhouse Market runs along in front of the Powerhouse, Lamington Street, Newfarm, and is held every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 6am till 12pm. Dogs are allowed and there’s also a dog park nearby. Parking can get a little crazy but if you head into New Farm Park you can often grab a spot there early in the morning.
Noosa Farmer’s Market
It’s a bit of a drive but make a day of it and enjoy the Noosa ambience. Noosa Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday at The Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am and 12pm and showcases some of the finest and freshest produce in the region. Expect to find local delights including cane juice, Eumundi strawberries, locally smoked seafood, Maleny cheese and slow grown bananas along with Japanese pancakes, French pastries, wood fired bread and more. This is not a dog-friendly market.
Although they are actually located at the Brookfield Showgrounds in Brookfield, not Moggill, the Moggill Markets have a great range of farmers selling goods including raspberries, free range pork and chickens, organic honey, goat, lamb and beef and a good selection of vegetables. You’ll also find plenty to stock your pantry including goat pies, pate and terrines. The market runs on the first and third Sunday of each month from 6.30 to 11am.
Northey Street Organic Market
When only organic will do, head to the Northey Street Organic Farmers’ Market in Windsor. This market definitely starts early, so if you want the best selection of organic produce get there at 6am. The market winds up at 10.30am so it’s no place for sleepy Sunday heads. This is not a dog-friendly market.
Tamborine Mountain Country Markets
This is another big drive from Brisbane but well worth the effort to escape from Brisbane’s steamy summer weather. Held on the second Sunday of each month at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds at the roundabout on Main Western Road and Bartle Road in Mount Tamborine, the Tamborine Mountain Country Markets have an abundance of local produce plus plenty of local products and crafts. A great place to visit in avocado season. There’s also a Green Shed local producers market that is open every week on Sunday mornings (including the market days) from 7am till noon.
Which markets are your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!