When I was on the Gold Coast the other weekend I was happy to find out that there is a weekly organic farmers market on Sunday mornings. The conference finished on Saturday, so I went along on Sunday morning.
Being an organic market, I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to afford to buy anything, but I figured I would at least be able to have a delicious organic breakfast there.
The market was smaller than I expected, with about ten fruit and veggie stalls, six or seven food outlets and several other stalls selling seedlings, fermented foods, jams, beauty products and dry goods. It was a beautiful day and lovely to be out in the sun.
Just about every stall had bunches of kale for sale, as well as other greens like silverbeet, spinach, dandelion and lots of Asian greens. Leafy greens are on the Dirty Dozen list for increased pesticide exposure, mostly because you eat the whole plant and not just the fruit. The bunches were selling for between $2.50-$3.30, cheaper than buying non-organic greens at the supermarket, so I stocked up. One of the stallholders told me that they pick their greens on the Friday for sale on the Sunday. You can’t get much fresher than that without growing them yourself.
I also bought broccoli and potatoes, which were similar in price to the non-organic at the supermarket. I wanted to buy eggs from pastured chickens, but alas I was too late and they were all sold out! One stall did have the same organic eggs I buy from the local IGA, but they were more expensive so I passed.
There was one stall that had a lot more variety than the others, as they keep some of their stuff in cold storage to make sure it is available year-round. A lot of their stuff was a bit pricey, but I got a 2kg bag of apples for $7. Apples are also on the Dirty Dozen list, so I try to buy them organic. I was glad I did because they were the best apples I have ever had, and I wish I’d bought another bag.
There was also a van selling raw milk at around $7 for two litres. I bought some and then realised I had a long trip home in the hot car. So I stopped off at the beach, soaked a towel in sea water, wrapped it around the bottle, put it in a bucket and put it under the air-conditioning vent in the car. When I got home it was still cool.
Selling raw milk for consumption is illegal in Australia, and this milk was sold as bath milk and clearly labelled as not for consumption. However for a number of reasons I chose to drink it and it was delicious, with real cream on the top.
All in all, I had a great time at the market and got some great bargains. Unfortunately it is a three hour round trip from my house, so I won’t be able to visit on a regular basis. There is one organic market here in Brisbane, but I’ve been slack about checking it out, since it closes at 10:30am and is not very close to where I live. Now that I know the food is reasonably-priced I’m thinking I need to stop being a princess, get out of bed early one Sunday and check it out!
The market is open every Sunday between 6:30 and 11:30am at Miami State High School. There is plenty of free parking available.