Calliope market delivers on quality straight from the farm
SEASONAL vegetables and meat grown locally will again be available at weekly farmers' markets that kick off for 2014 this Sunday at Cedar Galleries in Calliope.
Cedar Galleries' Angela Scheers is busily preparing the covered market space, which is nestled in a garden beside studios and workshops at the 150-year-old artisans' village.
"We have a lot of regular customers already that love the concept of a farmers' market and knowing where their food comes from," she said.
This year Cedar Galleries welcomes a new fruit and vegetable stall, run by Bundaberg farmer Darren Pratt.
Mr Pratt grew up on a pineapple farm and for the past five years he and his wife have grown bananas, melons and seasonal vegetables including shallots, silverbeet, kale, pumpkin and lettuce.
"They work closely with neighbouring farmers in their district to source an even broader range and bring it to market in peak condition," Ms Scheers said.
Non-seasonal vegetables will be delivered Brisbane's Rocklea Market.
The farmers' market at Cedar Gallery has run since 2011. This year it has been renamed Grown, Made and Vintage to include vintage furniture, "up-cycled" fashion, jewellery and collectables.
The Australian Farmers Markets Association's Jane Adams said it was important to support farmers.
"It's great to see that Queensland is embracing authentic farmers' markets where these stall holders are the farmers or the producers of the foods that are sold.
"Sometimes markets start and they're called farmers' markets but they don't genuinely represent the paddock to plate premise.
"The whole point is that the farmers are maximising their profit margins, which contributes to greater viability of their business."
Check out the market this Sunday at Cedar Galleries, Bruce Hwy, Calliope.