West End Farmers’ Markets, Brisbane

In every town I visit, markets are always a must-do, and my hometown is no different. Australia is lucky to have a strong agricultural industry, so fresh produce is never far away. My favourite farmers’ markets are the West End markets, held every Saturday morning.

West End Farmers Markets Brisbane

We do our weekly fruit & veg shopping here, so we arrive around 6:30 to beat the crowds which come from 8:00-10:00am. Before it’s busy, it’s easy to dart around to the usual stalls and fill a basket for way less than we would at the supermarket. Not only is it cheaper, but the produce is so much tastier and there is so much more variety. Dragonfruit has been one of our favourite market finds – we’d had it from some supermarkets but it was never very nice. The pink dragonfruit from the markets though is so sweet and is perfect in desserts.

West End Farmers Markets Brisbane

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West End Farmers Markets Brisbane

From our breakfast spot at the cafe (and by cafe, I mean a caravan selling brekky burgers), I can smell the baguettes when the vendor breaks the top off one, even though he’s a good 7 or 8 metres away. Before I started going to the markets, I had forgotten that fruit, flowers and vegetables are meant to have a smell. The flowers are pretty and last so much longer than expensive store-bought ones and at 30 cents a flower, I can walk away with a bunch for next to nothing.

Fruit at Davies Park Farmers Markets Brisbane

West End Farmers Markets Brisbane

I love seeing all the fresh seafood. Huge fish rest on ice and vendors are more than ¬†happy to help you pick the best one for the meal you’re cooking. The paella always smells delicious, fresh smoothies are everywhere and there are more Greek treats than you can poke a stick at. Arrive hungry, and leave full.

Apples at West End Farmers Market Brisbane

Apart from the delicious, fresh food there’s also jewellery, knick knacks, artwork, clothing, eyebrow threading and fortune tellers. You’ll want an hour there, but could move through faster if you were just after your weekly shopping. I like to wander though and just look at everything, because every stall is a new feast for the senses. More colourful, sweeter smelling, fresher and tastier.

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  • One of my twin sons lives at West End. We get no fruit from him! The other returned from Stanthorpe over the weekend with a case of the absolute best apples I have seen in decades. Pink Ladies. One is staring at me on my desktop right now (but I succumbed to a coffee coz it’s so bloody cold today!) Cheers, mate! David.

    • Yum! The apple & grape stomp in Stanthorpe would be great to go to, next one is in 2014!

  • Oh, I just love going to a farmer’s market. Fresh food all day.

  • Did a stint recently at Sirromet as a tours and tastings guide and the grape harvest/stomp is great fun! I’ll let the boys know about next year. Ta, mate. David.

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