Stock up on local produce at farmers market

by Angela Norval

A relaxed stroll in the sunshine with the chance to chat to a wealth of enthusiastic stall holders and go home with arms filled with local produce, crafts – and maybe even quell a hunger with a tasty sausage fresh from the barbecue.

This is the reality each Sunday for visitors to the Shalom Markets at Shalom College, 9 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg from 6am to noon.

Shalom Markets co-ordinator Peter Barome said the markets were not only a great day out but also the chance to experience what a true farmers market was all about.

“We have been a part of the region’s Sundays for many years now and have developed a reputation as the place to go if you are chasing true freshness, variety and some fabulous handmade crafts and artworks,” he said.

“It has been remarkable to see how the markets have continued to grow and we can now boast over 30 local growers who are only too happy to showcase their fresh produce and have a chat while they are there.

“We have a huge range of stalls that also include plants, seedlings, fruit and native trees, homewares, children’s clothing and accessories, handmade jewellery and more.”

Another bonus of the Shalom Markets is a permanent coffee shop, takeaway food and barbecue, as well as Hungarian langos, espresso coffee van, what Peter calls “the best donuts in the universe”, ice-cream and slushies.

“The winter produce is starting to go now and we are heading into produce known more for the warmer months such as passionfruit, lady finger and Cavendish bananas, paw paws and we will also have garlic coming to the markets soon, which is great for adding to many a meal,” Peter said.

“We encourage visitors to enjoy a sausage from the barbecue with the money raised go to various charities in the community or helping college students in their fund-raising efforts.

“A great morning full of interesting bargains can be had by the Shalom Markets.”