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NSW North­side Pro­duce Mar­ket, June 3rd and 17th Grow­ers come to this very con­vivial mar­ket from as far afi­field as Orange in the Cen­tral West and Ade­long, near Tu­mut in the Rive­rina. Ded­i­cated shop­pers know to ar­rive early if they want to be sure of get­ting salad greens or herbs from Dar­ling Mills Farm, or or­ganic sea­sonal veg­eta­bles from Moonacres Farm. In­gre­di­ents for a hearty break­fast are eas­ily found: eggs from Pope’s Free Range Eggs and Ade­long Fresh; fi­field mush­rooms from Woy Woy’s Mar­gin’s Mush­rooms; ba­con from Trunkey Ba­con and Pork of Orange; and bread from the so­cial en­ter­prise The Bread and But­ter Project. Mar­ket stalls are placed around three sides of an open grassed area, which is a mag­net for chil­dren and an ideal spot for a pic­nic. Civic Park, 220 Miller Street, North Syd­ney. 8am–noon. (02) 9922 2299; north­syd­n­ey­cen­tre.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Greater Whit­sun­day Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, ev­ery Wed­nes­day The mo­men­tum had been build­ing for this new mar­ket when Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the re­gion in March. Hard­est hit were Bowen re­gion fruit and veg­etable grow­ers, but every­one ex­pe­ri­enced some dis­rup­tion — los­ing their crop or sus­tain­ing dam­age to in­fra­struc­ture or ma­chin­ery — which may take weeks, months or, in the case of the ba­nana grow­ers who lost their trees, a year to re­cover fully. Shop­ping at the mar­ket is one way to sup­port grow­ers of the re­gion and help them get back on their feet. Sup­ply may be er­ratic for a while, but in the short term you’ll be able to buy Freckle Farm’s free-range eggs, pork and beef; fresh veg­eta­bles from Fresh As Sweet As; and let­tuce from New Reefs Hydroponics. Blue­wa­ter Quay, River Street, Mackay. 8am–1pm. 0498 717 941.

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