With four Jan Powers farmers’ markets in Brisbane, it would be hard to spend time in the city and not encounter at least one of them. They’re held at different times of the month, and each one is a delicious event. Despite the name, Jan Powers’ markets aren’t exclusively for farm produce. They’re also a chance for small businesses to promote their artisan food or lifestyle products. The Powerhouse Market is one of the most popular Saturday markets in Brisbane, and offers everything from croissants to dragon fruit. It’s set in New Farm Park, with the Brisbane River glittering just beyond, so you can stuff a bag with treats and find a sunny spot for a picnic. The Powerhouse Market is held every Saturday, 6am – 12 noon. The Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington St, Newfarm.
Queen Street Market
For some mid-week watermelon, the Jan Powers Queen Street Market is the place to head for. It’s the most central of the farmers’ markets in Brisbane and pops up at Raddcliffe Place. Office workers crowd around stalls on their Wednesday lunch break, and it’s a great place to stop if you’re exploring the city. This is a market that’s just as concerned with fruit from the farm, as it is about international dishes. In the winter months, steamed dumplings and fresh pasta are dinner worthy. During the summer, pressed juices and pineapple make the heat worth braving. The Queen Street Market is held every Wednesday, 8am – 6pm. George St end of the Queen Street Mall, in front of the Treasury Casino at Radcliffe Place.
Davies Park Market
Brisbane’s West End is laid-back, a little bit scruffy and always interesting. The local farmers’ markets are no exception. Going to Davies Park Market is a bit like going to a small, friendly festival. There’s often live music, and people eat brunch under the shade of the trees, or wander slowly from stall to stall. The variety of produce is incredible; there are stalls selling everything from organic granola to olives and feta cheese. There’s more to Davies Park than lovely food, though. The market also offers free stalls to not-for-profit organisations, and there’s a strong community feel. Davies Park Market is held every Saturday, 6am – 2pm. Off Montague Road, at the end of Jane Street, in Brisbane’s West End.
Rocklea Markets: Saturday Fresh
Rocklea is 9km south of Brisbane’s city centre, but the sheer scale of the market makes the journey worth it. On Saturdays, over 220 stalls sell fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meat and poultry. It’s the kind of market you could get lost in, dazzled by piles of lemons and seduced by mangos. Post-grocery shopping, stop by the Brisbane Flower Market, which sources fresh flowers directly from local and international growers. The flower market is open to the public Monday-Saturday. The Saturday Fresh Market is held every Saturday, 6.00am – 12.00 noon. Sherwood Road, Rocklea.
Northey Street is a large organic market, which is perfect for people who want to know exactly where their food has come from. A regular seller is Sandy Creek Organic Farm, a mixed farm that sells fruit and nuts. I Love Mushrooms is another regular, where mushrooms take pride of place among the other fresh veggies. The market’s biggest non-food related character has to be Bob Mud, who runs interactive workshops for children. Using mud to create art, he teaches children about the planet and how to appreciate it. Any non-organic stalls at Northey are clearly marked. The Northey Street Organic Market is held every Sunday, 6am – 11am. Corner of Northey St & Victoria St Windsor, Brisbane QLD 4030.
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