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Perfect for that next Sunday drive
I think it's fair to say that 2013 has most certainly seen the unprecedented rise of the Farmer's Market. I can definitely see why. I think the general public is becoming much more educated about what they put in their bellies and it is lovely to see a strong desire for sustainable and ethical produce. Farmer's Markets to me are not just about getting beautiful, fresh food, they are also about meeting the producer and keeping Australia's farming heritage going strong.
Today I drove to one of Brisbane's last inner city bastions of farm land, Mount Cotton, to check out the first ever Eat Bake Grow Market. This new comer to the market scene is certainly making in roads into being an exceptional example of just how local producers can cooperate to create something just a little bit special.
If you are used to the market powerhouses that are Jan Powers and Brisbane Farmers' Markets, this is not going to probably compare. It is still very small. But this was its first day too so I have little doubt in my mind that it will only move forward in leaps and bounds. Today's stallholders included baked treats, bush tucker cuisine, the infamous Goat Pie Guy, local honey, organic meat and seafood to name a few. A highlight for me would have to be the Mt Cotton Organic produce stall. Their offerings are always a delight and are very reasonably priced for an organic grower.
I'm sure my partner would argue that the German Sausage hut was the highlight. Even at nine in the morning he can manage to find room for one of their sauerkraut topped delights. Coffee and sweets are also available and there is ample indoor seating inside the hall for you to enjoy morning tea out of the sun.
So it's definitely early days for this quaint little village market, but I personally think it is always nice to support local industry.
According to the vendor's Facebook page many of the stallholders in fact sold out in just a couple of hours. With a response like that on its first day I can not wait to see what next year's first market on the 12th of January will bring.