It was the Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market that kindled my passion for farmers markets almost two decades ago. Walking down into that beautiful farm by the river. Feeling like you weren't in the city anymore. The amazing berries and cheeses and apples. Now, Melbourne is bursting with farmers markets. Some monthly, some fortnightly, some weekly. Here are just a few of my faves...

Happy shopping!

Christiana

 

 

Newcastle just keeps getting better. There's so much amazing food to discover from passionate local growers and makers. Here's just a little list of some of our favourite things to do in Newcastle and the surrounding Hunter:

Newcastle City Farmers Market

You'll find this bustling farmers market bursting with amazing produce most Sundays throughout the year. There's so much to pick up there, especially Tar10 sauces and preserves and Serious Delieria cold brew coffee. 

Blue Door Cafe

We loved their green breakfast bowl, and there's so much more on their brekkie menu. Friendly service and right in the middle of town in Newcastle.

Handmade in the Hunter

This lovely makers market is held regularly in the lovely grounds of Kevin Scobel's Wines. So you can indulge in some wine tasting too. Fabulous produce you will find there includes The Hot Chilli Woman's fiery hot sauce made from her own home-grown chillies

River Flats Estate Country Store

Just up the road from Kevin Scobel's Wines in Broke, pop in to the River Flats Estate's store. As well as their tasty olive oil, olives, sauces and jams you'll find amazing handmade soaps and bath salts. 

 

Favourite restaurant

We like it simple at Berado's Bistro by the beach. It's a no-fuss bistro with great food and a great view. We had the seafood linguine, sans prawns, and it was deee-vine! Snap up a table by the window or sit out side if you can. 

Favourite cafe

Homegrown Cafe in Palmwoods is a charming little cafe. Great coffee, great food, great atmosphere and great service. 

Favourite farmers market

While there's a lot of action at the Noosa Farmers Market every Sunday, switch to the local's Saturday mode and pop in to the Kawana Waters Farmers Market. You'll find the Wholesome Nook there - we feature Ashley's Grain Free Granola and Nut Butters in our Full of Sunshine Coast Boxes. And there's lots more to help you get your farmers market fix. 

Favourite Restaurant

Fleet, Brunswick Heads

Recently awarded Regional Restaurant of the Year by the SMH Good Food Guide, tiny Fleet is bursting with great local food and wine. Astrid and the team are absolutely delightful and have developed an unique menu of sharing plates. Book as far in advance as you can to get into one of their 22 seats, although you might be lucky with a last minute booking, particularly if you are happy to eat at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. It’s worth it! While you're there, get started with a gin and tonic, with their locally-made tonic syrup. 

Favourite Cafe

Footbridge Cafe, Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads keeps getting better, but top of the pops is Footbridge Cafe. With a great brekkie menu, fantastic coffee and smiling happy staff, Footbridge is our go-to place for a quick catchup with friends or a leisurely brunch. 

Favourite Farmers Market

New Brighton Farmers Market. Tuesdays 7.30am-11am This was our local market for the last five years and inspired My Farmers Market Table. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this great little farmers market has oodles of atmosphere. New Brighton Farmers Market the best place for brekkie on a Tuesday morning, and just a short skip away from the beach.

But it's hard to choose a favourite when there are wonderful farmers markets almost every day of the week, include Murwhillumbah on Wednesdays, Byron Bay on Thursdays, Mullumbimby on Fridays, and Bangalow and Lismore on Saturdays.

Favourite Festival

So many festivals to choose from, including Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Mullum Music Festival, but our favourite has to be the Byron Bay Writers Festival. It’s relaxed outdoor vibe and a consistently great lineup of writers makes it one festival we never want to miss. Usually in early August. 

Favourite Store

Unlike all our other favourites, this one is actually in Byron Bay. LTCO is our favourite for homeythings and gifts. They’ve got a great online store too. 

Favourite Pit Stop

On your way to or from Gold Coast Airport and want to stop somewhere nearby for a cuppa, brekkie or lunch? Food Smith Cafe & Pantry tucked into Bay Street Tweed Heads is the place to stop. Sarah started off selling amazing small batch produce at the Murwhillumbah Farmers Market. Her granola and strawberry jam regularly feature in our boxes.