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Published June 26th 2016
Fun & healthy Thursday night shopping
Grass grown chicken eggs, 9Dorf Farms, Sustainable and Ethical Farming.
Wouldn't you like to skip the stress of Thursday night grocery shopping and find yourself the best fresh produce and prices in a fun and friendly atmosphere? At the same time, you can help our struggling farmers whose stalls adorn the lawn of the Empire Theatre from 3-7pm each week. My Local Feast Farmers' Market inspires you to obtain all your crudités and meat from the freshest produce.
Greenleaf bags of cloth are manufactured by a local business whose bags keeps your greens fresher in the fridge and removes the need for plastic bags. Josie Townsend of My Local Feast Farmers' Market will give you all the details. They also give away a $100 hamper of fresh fruit and vegetables each week to a customer who has purchased something at the markets.
The market began in early December 2015 and has become popular, especially with cooks. It is a 'produce only' market of home made, farm fresh food and produce although occasionally you may find soap as well.
9Dorf Farms, Sustainable and Ethical Farming have a mission - grass grown eggs from pastured chickens that are not crammed into cages or large sheds as are range-free chickens. It may surprise you to learn that chickens eat grass. 9Dorf Farms pasture their chickens on the grass which also keeps the vermin-insect population down. Some birds must be kept in mobile cages to protect from hawks, since chickens have no self preservation skills. 9Dorf Farms also produce grass fed beef and pork and lucerne hay. Talk to Bronwyn Neuendorf in Lilydale for more details on 07 4697 5215 or visit the website or Facebook page.
Budgee Garlic & Herbs, tantalizing tempters.
Budgee Garlic & Herbs have a tempting range of dried herbs, seasoning blends, gourmet salts, garlic products, scented herbal sachets and rustic recycled planter boxes in a variety of sizes. Chemical-free products include Chilli Lime Salt, Gourmet Garlic Salt, Citrus Pepper Seasoning, Dried Garlic Crisps, Basil, Fennel Leaf, Rosemary, Mint, plus Herbal Sachets in Lavender, Lime and Lemongrass and Sweet Dreams. This night's special was three seasoning blends or salts for $12.
Some of the market's produce included Choy Sum, Chinese Broccoli, Daikon Radish, Red Russian Kale, Scotch Curl Kale, Japanese Pumpkin, Butternut Pumpkin, oranges, bananas and apples. Meat produce included grass fed beef with no added hormones, young angus animals, nitrate free corned silverside, gluten and preservative free sausages, soup bones, paleo bones and lean top quality mince.
UB's Farm produces chemical free tomatoes in rare and old varieties, ripened on the vine and hand-picked, plus pickles, gherkins and green salad items. Stanthorpe Produce have no or minimal chemicals, direct from the grower, including mandarins, cherry tomatoes, garlic, corn, Australian grown Japanese Pumpkin, continental cucumbers, snow peas, freshly dug potatoes and capsicums.
Russian Caramel Delights 'Oreshki' biscuits are a gooey caramel pastry similar to that in caramel tarts and they are scrumptious.
Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard. Have a taste of fresh and delicious health.
Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard deserve a tasting of their hand crafted, Australian food and wine. Olives and deli delights grown locally have a lively flavour. Their new custodians will host weddings, functions or events and also offer accommodation in The Studio B&B. Charming rusticity in a serene and secluded spot, the B&B grounds are home to wallabies, echidnas, possums, beehives and beautiful bird life. Revive your senses at the upcoming Cellar Door Bastille Day luncheon on 17 July 2016. Cellar door tastings by appointment.
For a different sausage sizzle try Bratwurst Gourmet German Sausage for a 'delicious brat'. Be adventurous and dine on saffron and lemon chicken kebab at the Afghan stall, or perhaps onion and potato frittatas called Khakeena, bolani bread and samosas. Home made quiches and slices appear some weeks.
Kids in the Kitchen from 3-4pm is an activity which teaches children to cook, learn about produce and eat the results of their culinary talents. Children were happily making rice salad.
The Empire Theatre's Hutchie's Bar, is open each week in support of local farmers. Beer or wine in the intimate bar area is a wonderful way to finish your meat and veggie spree. 'Caffeine' is a friendly café to warm up your winter bones. Live music is usually happening and a great way to wind-down after work.
The historic Empire Theatre is a strong supporter of My Local Feast Farmers' Market. Heritage listed, the Empire Theatre is the largest regional performing arts theatre. It started life in 1911 as a civic centre, suffered a fire in 1933 and was completely restored in 1997.
Classic art deco architecture embraced by palm trees creates the perfect tropical, colonial feel. Admire the grand proscenium arch, decorative sconces and art deco lighting in the foyers. The main theatre's ceiling sports 'the bomber light' as the shape is similar to that of a WWII bomber. Performances at the Empire Theatre have included ballet, jazz, cabaret and musicals. 'Peter Pan' will be presented on 9 July 2016 by the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth.
The My Local Feast Farmers' Market are in the city heart with ample parking. The markets are open every week, come rain, hail or shine. Check out the latest fun on Facebook.
The stunning Empire Theatre, 54-56 Neil St, Toowoomba.