I really don’t know what I used to do with myself on Sunday mornings before the Eagle Farm Markets started up back in April. Now my Sundays start with a little stroll, nanna trolley in tow, to stock up on a week’s worth of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and lots of baked goodies from the markets. The Eagle Farm markets have every food your heart could desire along with lots of other trinkets, clothing and gift ideas.
We are on the hunt for the perfect macaron for our wedding next year so the first stop last weekend was the little french stall. They sell a variety of cured meats as well as the sweet little sandwiched delicacies – macarons.
I bought one of each of my favourite flavours – salted caramel and chocolate. They were just perfect. The shell was light and crisp and melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the filling was super smooth. If you like rich chocolate then you have to try the chocolate one. My only suggestion would be that the salted caramel needed a little more salt. I might have to ‘sample’ them again next week just to be sure.
From sweet it was straight over to hot hot hot. The Chilli Factory holds the world record for the hottest chilli sauce in the world. Being a complete wimp with spicy food, I wasn’t game to try it but if you’re up for a challenge you can try all of their chillis at the stall. They range from mild to the record holder and are rated out of 10. The mind-blowing version gets a 10 out of 10.
Then it was on to the pizza stand. Capriccio make the best pizzas I’ve tasted outside of a restaurant and excluding my homemade version of course. I first had them at my cousin’s house a few months ago and now a trip to the markets isn’t complete without picking up a pizza. They also sell a variety of fresh pastas and sauces.
This market really has everything you could imagine. I’m yet to try these fruity cordials but I think now that the warmer weather has set in I’ll have to buy myself a bottle.
Every week I admire these gorgeous timber chopping boards. They’re just beautiful.
If you need a little break half-way through the markets then you can grab a coffee and a snack, find a seat under the fig trees and enjoy the live entertainment. There’s a different act each week.
Feta-stuffed olives are one of my favourite snacks and I never leave the markets without a little tub of them. If you’re not keen on feta there are heaps of other stuffings to choose from at Tony’s Italian Cuisine as well as other marinated vegetables.
The baked treats at Red Door pantry are fabulous. I especially like their raspberry slice and the passionfruit slice is equally as good. Check out the ginormous lamingtons on display.
Just outside the sweets pavilion (it’s not actually called the sweets pavilion but I’ve dubbed it that) is a huge stall full of the most beautiful blooms. They flowers are quite reasonably priced and there is such a huge variety every week.
Whenever I’m organised enough to know what meat I need for the week ahead, I buy from these guys – Stockman’s Choice. They’re a mobile butcher that sells quality meat at wholesale prices. I’ve only ever had great-tasting meat from these guys and the prices are hard to beat. There are a few other meat vendors at the markets as well as fresh and smoked seafood. You really could do your weekly shop here on a Sunday provided you take you granny trolley like I do.
My last stop is always the fruit and vegetables. I’m still yet to choose a particular stall that I prefer. They all sell great quality produce at very reasonable prices. Last week I picked up two giant heads of broccoli for just $2!
If you haven’t tried purple carrots pick up one or two next time you see them. They’re a great way to add colour to your dinner plate. Be warned though… they stain!
Here is my loot from last weekend. I didn’t get any fruit last week because I got a great deal to try out a fruit box. We had pizza for dinner Sunday night and I’ve been snacking on olives all week. You can also see what I made with the lamb over at Claire K Creations.
The Eagle Farm Markets are just one of the many farmer’s markets in Brisbane. You can support our local farmers and buy your produce market fresh at any of the markets listed below.
Directory of Farmers Markets in Brisbane
|Jan Power’s Farmers Markets||Queen Street||Every Wednesday||10am – 6pm||Raddacliffe Place at the top of Queen Street|
|Mitchelton||1st Sunday of every month||6am – 12pm||Blackwood Street, Mitchelton|
|Powerhouse||2nd & 4th Sunday of every month||6am – 12pm||The Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm|
|Manly||3rd Saturday of every month||6am – 12pm||Royal Esplanade, Manly|
|Stones Corner||2nd & 4th Sunday of every month||6am – 12pm||Stones Corner, Logan Road where Old Cleveland Road meets Logan Road|
|Brisbane Markets||Saturday Fresh||Every Saturday||6am – 12pm||Sherwood Road, Rocklea|
|Wednesday Twilight||Every Wednesday||3pm – 7.30pm||Sherwood Road, Rocklea|
|Northy Street City Farm||Organic Market||Every Sunday||6am – 10.30am||Corner of Northey Street and Victoria Street, Winsor|
|West End||Farmers market||Every Saturday||6am – 2pm||Davies Park, Corner of Montague Road & Jane Street, West End|
|Eagle Farm||Eagle Farm Markets||Every Sunday||7.30am – 1.30pm||Eagle Farm Racecourse at the top of Racecourse Road, Ascot|
|Nundah Fresh Farmer’s Markets||Nundah||Every Sunday||6am – 12pm||Nundah train station, Station Street, Nundah|
|Earth & Sun||Balmoral State High School||Every Sunday||7am – 12pm||Corner of Thynne & Lytton Roads, Morningside|
|Mt Gravatt||Sunday Markets||Every Sunday||6am – 12pm||Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Enter via Broadwater Road|