buy lo­cal at the mar­ket

Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

NSW Mur­willum­bah Farm­ers’ Mar­ket every Wed­nes­day Mar­ket or­gan­is­ers, banking on their good for­tune, as­sem­ble ta­bles and chairs in the shade of the leafy cam­phor lau­rels in the show­ground on mar­ket day and pun­ters lay pic­nic blan­kets on the grass. They’re here for the mu­sic and to catch up with friends, as well as to snap up new sea­son macadamias (and oil) from Nudgel Nuts and pro­duce from Nar­bey’s Best Av­o­ca­dos. Most of the farm­ers hail from within a 55-kilo­me­tre ra­dius. They bring bananas, meat, eggs, seafood and veg­eta­bles — Des Ce­cil is renowned for his broc­coli and early sea­son cauliflflower. Try the sugar cane, which is juiced with ginger and lime. Mur­willum­bah Show­ground, Queens­land Road. 7am–11am. mur­willum­bah­farm­ers­mar­ket.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Sea­sonal Feast Stan­thorpe every Fri­day This mar­ket may be small, with only about six stalls, but there are far more than six farm­ers from the South Queens­land Coun­try Regional Food Net­work rep­re­sented. Be­cause many farm­ers are busy with prun­ing, pick­ing or pack­ing, pro­duce from about 30 grow­ers is sold at a co-op stall. At this time of year, Stan­thorpe — a cool-cli­mate fruit-grow­ing district — is still pro­duc­ing stone fruit (try the Queen Garnet plums) and straw­ber­ries, and you might even fifind some rasp­ber­ries. This is ap­ple ter­ri­tory, so be sure to try the freshly squeezed ap­ple juice and also the lamb from Mal­low Or­ganic Lamb. Look out for the reg­u­lar honey stall. Far­ley Street Pi­azza, Stan­thorpe. 8am–2pm. 0409 286 227; sea­son­alfeast.com.au

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