The Gold Coast is known for many things: sun, surf, endless golden beaches, V8 Car racing, fishing, SeaWorld, accomodation and their great markets.
A market not to be missed. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
One that comes to mind is the edibles-only Marina Mirage farmers market
, which is held EVERY Saturday morning from 7am until 11am, under the cool white sails at Marina Mirage. It may only be open for 4 hours once a week, but it's a market that you need to keep in mind when you are looking for just-picked seasonal fruit and vegetables, fragrant herbs organic farm fresh produce, hand-crafted local artisan delicacies, organic and gluten-free products.
Fresh fruit. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
As you walk around the stalls you will also be lured by the inviting smells that come from the marinated cheeses and dips, French cheese, home cooked scones jam and cream, the gorgeous spring flowers the freshly baked quiche and gourmet family pies, continental breads and pastries.
I can't go pass the home baked scone, jam and cream. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
The sweet fragrance of the flowers will bring you in. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
While there you will be able to sample the infused oils and vinegars, local olives, specialty jams, pickles and relishes.
You will love hand-picked strawberries and mushrooms, fresh seafood, locally produced honey, organic juices, salami and designer brownies and much more.
Fresh whole snapper. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
Ice cold prawns for dinner? Yes please! Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
Residents, visitors from afar and holiday makers have been coming to the Marina Mirage Farmers Market since Saturday 1st December 2012 and are still returning when they have run out of produce at home.
While you are there you will be able to talk to the local farmers and artisan producers of so many different delicious goods that also include a variety of meats, sausages, cakes and so much more that you will have to go for a jog to work off those kilos.
Don't forget to talk to the stall owners while you are there. Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
Once you have finished browsing through the markets and picking up your supplies you should also take the opportunity to see what else is on offer at the Marina Mirage. If you are anything like me you will need to check out the millions of dollars worth of boats berthed at the marina and my better half could not go past Blue Illusion
, Lorna Jane
, Seed Women
There are also a number restaurants and cafes at the marina and a couple that I would have to look at would be the Fellini Ristorante e Bar
, Ribs and Rumps
and to satisfy my sweet tooth it would have to be the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
For more information on other things to do at the Marina Mirage just click here.
What is even better you have Free entry and Free undercover parking.
Now what pudding di I have to get? Photo courtesy of the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.
So, if you are looking for somewhere to go for fresh food and produce you can't go any further that the Marina Mirage Farmers Market every Saturday from 7am to 11am. To keep up to-date with who and what is going on at the market you can click on their Facebook page
and like and follow them.