Carseldine farmers and artisan markets | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Carseldine farmers and artisan markets

Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets  | Carseldine Blessed with a beautiful, sunshine-y morning, the crowds were treated to a huge expanse of stalls, selling everything from farm-fresh produce, artisan chocolates and healthy juices, to decadent pastries and salmon fillets smoked fresh on site. From the moment we walked in we experienced energetic sounds of a didgeridoo player as we browsed the mass of fresh produce and artisan deli stalls lining the walkways of the old QUT campus. Stall holders were more than happy to let us sample their wares, including handmade chocolates and brownies from local Kokopod artisan chocolatier, freshly smoked salmon pieces, organic yoghurt with berries and cheeses from Maleny. We washed it all down (and regulated our digestion… mmm) with a healthy, probiotic ginger beer from the Old Cossack stall before wandering on to (arguably) the most important section – the gourmet food stalls. We initially panicked at the sheer size of it – how were we supposed to sample everything?! Our fears were laid to rest by the lovely owners of Nom Nom Mobile Food, who brought over samples of their amazing vegetarian and vegan mixed salad boxes. Zoe's Brownies Carseldine Markets in text                 Zoe’s Brownies were impossible to walk past without picking up a few treats for later (ok, so we ate them right then and there). The favourite definitely has to be the salted caramel brownie with rich caramel topping, oozing over the top of the fudgy base. The massive line up for fresh juices and smoothies was well worth the wait, with our chosen option of raspberry and mango coming out adorned with stacks of fresh fruit impaled on the straw. Smoothie Carseldine Markets in text                 We finally stopped inhaling our purchases and tore ourselves away from comfy astro turf chairs on the sunny lawn, to mosey on over to the craft and garden section of the market. We were rewarded with bunches of beautiful blooms being sold from the back of a 70’s VW Kombi van by Flowers by Bronte. The dainty partywares from The Lovely Little Cakery made us girls sigh with wishful thoughts of a vintage, girly wedding (think cute bunting, mason jars, coloured paper straws and posh cake stands). Flowers by Bronte Carseldine Farmers Markets feature size Attention to detail is certainly something that market organiser, Mark, and his team have nailed at Carseldine. Cute little sign posts and cheeky message boards were spotted regularly along the paths, pointing customers in the direction of the next section of the expansive market. The markets are open every Saturday from 6am to 12pm and there are over 600 parking spots available around the campus. ATM and toilet facilities are conveniently located in the centre of the market (right near the food stalls, yay!).  Words by Emily Neil