Last weekend a friend and I, in search of a new weekend activity, headed over to the Farmer's Markets in New Farm. This busy little market is a great place to spend a Saturday morning, browsing through the fresh produce and eating the delicious cooked options.
After struggling to find a car park we ended up having a short walk through New Farm Park (I suppose there are worse things in life) and found ourselves in a narrow, bustling walkway lined with stalls selling a range of products. If you're looking for clothes and other knick knacks this is not the place to go, in fact you should probably try The Valley Markets just up the other end of Brunswick Street, but if it's food you're after, look no further.
The first stall that drew our attention was one selling a variety of chunky dips, chutneys and other items such as curry paste. We spent a while happily sampling the dips; my favourite was the Thai Pumpkin flavour. The chutneys were also great, the stall operator served them to us on crackers topped with sour cream and this combination was better than Hamish and Andy. The range of chutneys was very impressive, with the more traditional mangos and tomatoes as well as some a whole selection of spicy options. As we strolled through the aisles we were amazed at the low prices of the fruits and vegetables; I would definitely return here to do my shopping.
One thing I would recommend is to have your caffeine hit before you arrive; the coffee stands all had enormous lines. We discovered a stall selling dumplings and got a deal of six for ten dollars. Along with this came some complimentary jasmine tea. I was very excited to discover a confectionary stand selling huge chunks of freshly prepared Rocky Road. They also had honeycomb so a tough decision had to be made, but I couldn't go past the Rocky Road. We were done with browsing fairly quickly, there isn't a great deal to see, so we strolled through a grassy area filled with people enjoying their purchases down to the boardwalk and found a seat by the river where I ate far too much chocolate for 10am in the morning.
The Farmer's Markets certainly won't entertain you for a whole day, but it was a lovely way to spend the morning. Keep in mind New Farm park is a stone's throw away, with a huge playground, as well as a CityCat stop and The Valley Markets are not too far either. If you've got the will I'm sure a very pleasant day can be filled in the area.