Even though there's so much fresh produce grown near Brisbane, it's easy to lose that connection between what we eat and the way it's produced. Heading out to Farmer's Markets is a great way to make that connection. Not only do you get to meet the producers, you're likely to have a lot of fun (and delicious treats) along the way! Here's a small sample of what Brisbane has to offer – Farmer's Market style.
Carseldine Farmer's and Artisan Markets (532 Beams Road, Carseldine)
Head north of the CBD on a Saturday morning for a terrific range of in-season foods grown, raised or made with passion. And while you do get to talk with the producers, there's also opportunity to indulge in some breakfast or brunch while soaking up the atmosphere. Plenty of non-food stalls here too, so give yourself enough time to browse around. Head here to find out more.
Davies Park Markets (Davies Park, West End)
Plenty of fresh produce from local growers, great food (and drink) to have while you're walking around, plus an eclectic mix of clothes, jewellery and nick-nack stalls make this weekly market a must-visit. Want a break? Find some space near the river to sit down and soak up the atmosphere.
Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets (16 Victoria Street Windsor)
This inner-city farm oasis has a focus on community, quality and sustainability. The Sunday markets follow suit, and while not all of the produce might be certified organic, everything is produced with a view to bringing real food to Brisbane city. Spend a morning here and you'll find plenty on offer, from the seasonal fruit and veg to dairy, meat, bakery and delights through to the free workshops kids' activities and animals.
Milton Markets (CDOP Complex, Cribb Street, Milton)
These inner west markets are dedicated to supporting south-east Queensland's best growers, farmers, painters, cooks, chefs, designers, bakers, fishmongers, baristas, juicers and artists! As such, you'll not only find plenty of farm-direct produce to fill your basket (and get the inside knowledge direct from the producers), you'll have a great time doing it. Head here for regular updates.
Mulgowie Real Farmers Markets (Mulgowie Hall and Recreational Reserve, 106 Mulgowie Road, Mulgowie)
Okay, this mightn't be Brisbane. But by heading out on the first Saturday of the month to these community markets in the Lockyer Valley, you'll have plenty of opportunity to meet local growers and get to know your food better. These markets aren't huge – but that's just one of the reasons they're so good. On top of the local produce (whose quality is excellent), you'll find collectables, arts and crafts books and other goodies.
Before you head off to the markets
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