I love farm-fresh produce and with weekend markets springing up all across Brisbane city it’s now getting easier to find tasty, organic fruit and vegetables. Jan Powers Manly markets are one of several hosted across the city. It’s held the first and third Saturday of the month is our local, just down the road at the Manly beachfront. It’s a doozy with the cooling breezes and sparkling waters of the bay as a backdrop.
The Manly markets aren’t just about fresh fruit and vegetables either. Locally sourced or produced fish, meats, salami, bread and cakes are all available. The best olives and antipasto treats can be picked up here, delicious honey and honeycomb, jams, pickles and ready to go gourmet nibbles. Today the goat pie and hand made gyoza immediately grabbed my fancy? Yep, I have naughty taste buds that lead my waistline astray even at 6 in the morning.
The gorgeous location and all the beautifully presented stalls inspired me to load up my market trolley with all manner of healthy, and less virtuous goodies. There’s a couple of coffee carts too that make very decent brews and ready-made snacks to eat on seats under the trees or along the waterfront.
If you want to linger over your caffeine an excellent alternative is to head out along the wharf to the Jetty Kiosk and sit alongside the marina enjoying your cuppa and a delicious brunch. The new owners now open daily for coffees, snacks and lunch and for dinner too on the weekend with friendly service and a much-improved menu.
Held on the first and third Saturday of each month from 6 am until noon. I do recommend getting in early though, some of the most popular growers do sell out as the morning progresses.
In Manly on Royal Esplanade opposite the village. The market’s set up in Little Bayside Park in front of the marina and swimming pool.
Do you buy produce at Farmers Markets? Which are your favourite local Markets?