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There’s no better way to start you weekend than an early morning expedition to the farmers markets, walking through stalls of fresh produce and fragrant foodie treats.

 

Farmer’s markets provide an inspirational start to the weekend (or any day of the week for that matter). Taking the family to market also provides a really good learning opportunity for the kids and encourages us all to support our local food producers.

 

Jan Power is the owner and operator of the iconic Jan Powers Farmers Markets and is the name you instantly associate with fresh market produce in Brisbane. Growing up on a farm in Stanthorpe, working in the food industry and travelling all over the world allowed Jan to gain many different market-type experiences. Her passion eventually drove her to opening her own farmer’s markets in 1988. Since then, her markets have grown in popularity and size, expanding to four different locations including:

 

BRISBANE CITY // On the edge of the Queen Street Mall, George St. Wednesdays 8am-6pm

POWERHOUSE FARMERS MARKET // Located in New Farm in front of the Brisbane Powerhouse in Lamington Street. Saturdays, 6am-noon.

MITCHELTON FARMERS MARKET // Located in Mitchelton on Blackwood St. This one is open from 6am-noon, first Sunday of the month.

MANLY FARMERS MARKET // On the waterfront at Manly Harbour Village, open 6am-noon every first and third Saturdays of the month.

 

There are many other fantastic farmers markets located across South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. Here’s a list to get you started:

 

BRISBANE

Eagle Farm Racecourse Markets Brisbane Racing Club. Sundays, 7am-12.30pm

Davies Park Markets Corner of Montague Rd and Jane St, West End. Saturdays, 6am to 2pm

Mt Gravatt Farmer’s Market Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Sundays, 6am-noon

Ferny Grove Markets Ferny Grove train station. Sundays, 6am-noon

The College Markets Redlands Capalaba State School, School Rd. Sundays 5.30am-1pm

 

GOLD COAST

Marina Mirage Farmer’s Markets Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Saturdays, 7-11am.

Currumbin Farmers Market Currumbin High, Palm Beach. Saturdays, 6-11.30am

Helensvale Farmers Market Helensvale State High School. Saturdays, 6-11.30am

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds. Second Sunday of the month, 7.30am-1.30pm

 

NORTHERN NSW

Byron Bay Farmer’s Market Butler Street Reserve. Thursdays, 8-11am

Brunswick Heads Markets Memorial Park. First Saturday of the month, 7am to noon

Lennox Head Markets Lennox Head Community Centre. Second and fifth Sunday of the month, 7.30am-noon

Bangalow Farmer’s Market Bangalow Hotel Carpark. Saturdays 7-11am

Ballina Farmer’s Market Missingham Park, Ballina. Sundays, 6am to 5pm

 

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