Manly Farmers’ Market

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This weekend I had my first experience of a Brisbane Market and it sure was a treat. The market we went to was the Jan Powers Farmers’ Market at Manly.
Jan Powers Farmers’ Markets are held at different venues throughout Brisbane, but on the third Saturday of every month the stall holders set up their produce in the parkland right on the beautiful Manly foreshore which is only a 5 minute drive from our house.

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We found a carpark only one street away and walked down the hill towards the market. On entering the market the first stall we came to was an old man selling buckets of lovely cold pressed honey. Beyond this we found a stall raising money for the Fred Hollows foundation where we made our first purchase of some fresh beans and corn, and each of the boys scored a hot corn on the cob that they agreed was the best corn ever.

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Everything you could ask for was at the market, fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, yoghurt, coffee, spices, and of course lots of treats.

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Fruit and Veg stall

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Beautiful fresh Turkish Pide

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Fresh Pasta

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Humungous Lamingtons

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Amazing Ginger Beer

The best macaroons ever from an authentic French macaroon chef. I had the weekly special which was fruit mince flavour and had a golden sheen, it was superb.

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What I quickly realised is that I need a super good, and quite large market trolley. Any suggestions of where I could get one would be much appreciated. I also learnt that you need to wait until closer to the end of the market to get bargain price fruit and vegetables, but I was pretty happy as my fruit and veg was cheaper all up than what I would usually spend at the green grocers. We left the market with two boxes of vegetables, meat, fresh smoked salmon, berry yoghurt, cherries, cheese, bacon, fresh pasta and the cheapest free range eggs I have ever seen. We will certainly eat well this week, and I will be tempted to make the trip to New Farm to experience it all over again next Saturday. Yum!

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