As Queenslanders we’re pretty lucky to live in a part of the world that supplies us with amazing fresh produce. Rather than spending your weekend rolling through the supermarket with your trolley, get outdoors and buy fresh, local produce. There are heaps of amazing farmers markets around Brisbane, itching to get you hooked on fantastic produce and other yummy goodies. To help you find the best of the best, here are 7 farmers markets around town that we absolutely love.
#1 Northey Street Organic Markets
Get your food-loving mitts on certified organic produce and more at the Northey Street Markets every Sunday from 6-10am in Windsor. It’s the best spot to pick up fresh organic fruit, vegetables, breads, meat, preserves and dairy. It’s also a fantastic place to grab a great cup of coffee and just wander, picking up fresh flowers and delicious organic snacks for later in the week.
#2 Saturday Fresh Market, Rocklea
There isn’t much you won’t find at the famous Rocklea Markets, held every Saturday from 6am to midday. You can park on-site for a few dollars, then explore the rows and rows of goods. You’ll find plants at great prices, cheeses, breads and baked goods, greek yoghurt, marinated olives and all kinds of art and bric-a-brac.
#3 Boggo Road Jail Markets
Get yourself down to the Boggo Road Markets in Dutton Park, held every Sunday from 7am to 1pm. It’s a great spot to scoop up a bargain on fresh produce and vintage clothing, not to mention fresh-cut flowers, crafts and plants. There’s no shortage of entertainment, tasty treats to stock up on for later in the week and even a variety of ethnic cuisine to sample.
#4 Eagle Farm Markets
Held in Ascot each Sunday, from 7am to 12:30pm, the Eagle Farm Markets offer up 100 stalls of market-loving goodness. You’ll find yourself spoiled for choice, with a great selection of stall-holders boasting seasonal fruit and veg, ripe for the picking. You can also scoop up top-quality seafood, meat and poultry. The market puts on entertainment and activities for kids, with a whole bunch of other stalls to lose a few hours browsing.
#5 Kelvin Grove Village Markets
Take a trip to the Kelvin Grove Urban Village and hit up the markets, held each Saturday from 6am to 1pm. It’s a top spot to pick up great fresh produce, with 90 or so stallholders on hand to supply fruit and veg to the masses. You can also get your hands on delicious ethnic food, clothing, arts and crafts, plants and assorted bric-a-brac.
#6 Davies Park Market
One of Brisbane’s most well-known markets, the Davies Park Market in West End always goes off. Held every Saturday from 6am through to 2pm, it’s another great spot to stock up on organic produce, including freshly baked breads and more. Wander the aisles, picking up second hand clothing, fresh-cut flowers, arts and crafts and more. You can also grab a chai latte, pull up a seat under a tree and just watch the world go by.
#7 Jan Power’s Farmers Markets
You’ll find the Jan Power’s Farmers Markets go down in a few places on different dates, so there’s a good chance there’s one near you. Hit up Manly on the first and third Saturday of each month. Visit the Powerhouse ever Saturday or George Street in the City each Wednesday. If these don’t suit, get yourself over to Mitchelton on the first Sunday of the month. We’re talking farm-fresh produce, freshly baked goodies, homemade cheeses and other gourmet noms.
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