Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published January 3rd 2013
More than just fruit and veg
There's a small weekly Farmers Market in Nerang that holds a number of surprise offerings to the market shopper. Fruit and veg are the obvious stalls you would visit for and they don't disappoint, with a good selection on offer – fresh strawberries, nectarines and cherries were all in season when I was there between Christmas and New Year. Then I discovered the most gorgeous flowers especially the proteas, Danish pastries, miniature eggplants, bottles of ginger & apple juice, herbs, spices and teas, meats and seafood and even dog treats.
Silk dresses from Arisha Clothing & Metal Art
The atmosphere was good with great live music from Mexicano Jackie McDonald. Once I'd browsed all the food stalls, there were more discoveries to be made. I found everything from stunning silk dresses, African baskets and metal art to Kenyan recycled paper earrings.
The market is located in Lavelle Street. We found easy parking at the bottom of Lavelle, in Nerang Street. There's a park (Bischof Pioneer Park) opposite the market, with a good play area if you have a young family that are likely to tire of shopping.
The market is open every Sunday from 6.30am – 12 noon and their leaflet says they are there: "rain, hail or shine". It offers a lovely mix of fresh fruit and veggies direct from the farms, mixed with meat, fish, dairy & deli along with bakery, arts & crafts.
It's not a big day out but if you live in the area or are passing, drop in, you won't be disappointed. It's a great way to support local growers and artisans and find something that's a little different.
Danish Pastries at Montmartre French Patisserie
Fresh croissants and breads also at Montmartre French Patisserie
Beaded jewellery from African Weave
Juices from Iventure Orchards Cottonvale
Teas at the Green Valley Spices stall
For more info on the Nerang market (and other Gold Coast & Brisbane Farmers Markets), call: 0417 728 844 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
If you're looking for some great markets very close to Brisbane CBD you should check out the Boggo Rd Markets at Dutton Park, also on Sunday mornings. Great food, great coffee, terrific arts, crafts and clothing, fresh fruit and veg including organics direct from the farm. Chill out as you listen to great musicians and while you are there you can have an entertaining and informative tour of Brisbane's notorious Boggo Rd gaol. A great way to spend a Sunday morning.