Sharing a little slice of heaven, that is the Sunshine Coast
Published August 9th 2013
It's time you took a stroll down The Lane
There once was a place, a nook some might say, hidden in the beautiful sunshine coast town of Palmwoods. It was a place where you could go to experience the simple pleasures of fresh produce and sense of community that modern day society seemed to have forgotten. The Lane, is the name of which this humble space was given and where the story for bringing back a sense of community and celebrating backyard farmers and home-made quality goods, begins.
The Lane is a classic example of not being able to judge a book by its cover, for there is big heart that resides in this modest space. It's a collaborative effort (only a space like this could be created with a coming together of like minded people) between Homegrown Café, Renae's Pantry and Mother Maria clothing. There is no agenda here apart from creating a place to meet people, enjoy sharing and taking the time to value the little things (and of course if you ask Renae and her husband Ben, ultimately, to take down Woolies).
The best times to visit this little hidden gem is a Friday evening or Saturday Mornings. Friday evenings are when The Lane really comes to life. You can fill your cupboards with home-grown, fresh, environmentally friendly products and produce from Renae's Pantry. Everything there is chosen consciously, and made available to you, lovingly, by Renae and Ben. It is not your typical supermarket, in fact it's better described as a hub for great community spirit and a coming together of people who want to enjoy fresh, chemical free food with the knowledge that they're giving back to the community and with no added pressures of up- sells and marketing.
Fresh produce straight from Sunshine Coast's backyard farmers
Friday evenings will also give you an opportunity to enjoy some beautiful homemade street food whilst sitting out under the stars in gardens draped with fairy lights. If you've got a bit of a sweet tooth or a love for fine cheese and crackers then you will be in heaven. There's an amazing spread of freshly baked cakes and sweets or locally made cheeses available in Mother Maria's.
If your looking for an opportunity to just come and enjoy a great coffee and breakfast but still want the chance to stock up on fresh produce then Saturday is the day for you. Mother Maria's will be open for you to browse and spoil yourself, Homegrown café will be open for coffee and breakfast (they serve one of the best Chai Lattes on the coast) and of course Renae's Pantry will be all stocked up ready to go. Each store is also open at different times during the week for you to come and relax, however Friday evenings and Saturday mornings is when you can experience the real buzz and vibe of The Lane.
This space literally is set in a lane, which at first can make it a little hard to find but once you do, it will quickly become a place on your favourites list. Fridays and Saturdays can also become busy so it's a good idea to get in early if your also looking to pick up some groceries, and why not bring the kids along. Friday nights may also find you needing to share a table (on occasion), however this is one of the ideas behind The Lane, to bring people together over simple and delicious food, who knows you may just meet a new friend.
At the end of the day, if you've been looking for great coffee, beautiful food, lovely fabrics and handmade garments or a chance to source some of the freshest produce on the coast, then it's time you took a stroll down The Lane. You'll leave feeling nourished with local goodness and feeling like you've had a genuine experience.