Organic, free-range produce normally comes at a price. But with a bit of patience and a bit of know-how, Brisbane residents can enjoy fresh fruit and veggies for free.
The Epicurious Garden is a 1500 square metre patch of fruit and vegetable beds in the middle of Southbank Parklands. The produce rotates on a seasonal basis, but previous crops have included kale, custard apple, limes, taro and even edible vegetables.
Every Tuesday and Thursday between 7am and 2pm, volunteers fill the garden's harvest cart with ripe produce available to the public for free. Gardeners are onsite until 11.30am to answer any questions you may have. This freebie operates on a first-come, first serve basis, so it's highly recommended you get their early.
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To find a community garden near you, check out the Brisbane City Council website. Be sure to check with the community group before picking anything, as some groups prioritise volunteers or have other rules about harvesting.
Feral Fruit Map Brisbane
Taking free range to whole new heights, the Feral Fruit Map Brisbane is a local version of a worldwide initiative. Visitors can access the map to find urban food sources like street trees and public gardens. All types of edible greenery are included, from produce to more exotic options like edible weeds, spices, and bush tucker.
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Public Harvest is another Google map created by a community of like-minded individuals offering more options outside of the inner city than the Feral Fruit map. Public Harvest lists community gardens and farms, but also reveals hidden gems like wild berries, fruit trees in shopping centres, and vegetables growing beside footpaths. Public Harvest follows a series of mapping protocols and contributors must be approved.