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Published January 8th 2012
"To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig". So goes the old nursery rhyme. While these days we're probably more interested in buying plump, sweet fruit or fresh, leafy vegetables than pigs, there's no doubting the appeal of a fresh produce market and Brisbane is becoming a real market town.
Probably the most famous of Brisbane's farmers markets are Jan Power's Farmers Markets. At these markets it's not just about the farmers. Fresh produce from a wide variety of producers is available, including meat, fish, poultry, and bread. Depending on the venue you can also find the occasional sweet treat, coffee or sausage sizzle. Jan Power operates markets at 6 locations around South East Queensland. In Brisbane you can find them at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Powerhouse, Mitchelton, Manly, and Stones Corner, and Gold Coast foodies can get their fresh food fix at Broadbeach. You can get details of all locations here and download the full calendar (with details of all markets up to and including November 2012) here.
If you prefer organic produce you can visit Northey Street Organic Markets at Windsor every Sunday from 6am to 10.30am. Here you can also sample coffee from the Chai Cafe, which is run by the Northey Street City Farm. The Farm also runs Village Life, a cultural market for craftspeople, artisans and performing artists, every Sunday from 8am to 12 noon.
Although not exclusively a farmers market you can also buy certified organic produce from stallholders at Davies Park Markets, including Ripe 'n Raw Organics. These markets operate from 6am to 2pm every Saturday in Davies Park, Montague Road, West End.
Brisbane's largest fresh food market is the Saturday Fresh Market at Brisbane Markets, Sherwood Road Rocklea, open every Saturday from 6am to 12 noon. Over 170 stalls from producers all over South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales feature here, along with international cuisine and entertainment. At this venue you will also find the Wednesday Twilight Fresh Market from 3pm to 7.30pm every Wednesday.
If you want to travel a bit further afield and make a day of your fresh market shopping you can also try Marina Mirage Farmers Market at Main Beach, Gold Coast every Saturday from 7am to 12 noon, or Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Road, Noosaville from 7am to 12 noon every Sunday.
But we want to know where you shop. Where have you found Brisbane's top tangerines, plumpest peaches or freshest figs? Where have you bought the finest fish, the choicest cheddar or the best bread? Please share your tips with our hungry, bargain-hunting Weekend Notes readers.
It is not quite Brisbane, but if you fancy a wander up Mt Tamborine there are a couple of "Farmers Shops". The one we went to, I was taking the produce out of the growers boxes as they brought them in from the car. Awesome. Just what we have been looking for.
Your Organics Markets at Queens Rd Everton Hills is a great place to get authentic direct from farm certified organic produce. They have farms growing for them and are also certified organic distributors. They get their stuff direct from the farm, not distributors. So, it is fresh and they don't profiteer, so pricing is really good. Their warehouse has a retail shop open to the public.www.yourorganicmarkets.com.au
The new markets at Boggo Rd are proving good value too.The jail makes for a geat backdrop. These markets are the newest on the scene but are steadily growing week by week with hugh potential to go all around the outside of the jail in time.
The Kelvin Grove Markets are excellent and have a wonderful array of fresh fruit n vegies, yummy food stalls, good coffee and good music to relax by if one so desires. There is Woolies and Bottlo nearby if desperately needed too!