BYRON BAY & SURROUNDS FARMERS MARKET GUIDE
Amanda Callan + Andrew Morris are our Byron Bay & surrounds experts for this guide. We first came across Amanda + Andrew through our friend Julz @ The Vista who produced a beautiful video about their life (watch below!). Amanda + Andrew grow their own veggies and sell their homegrown veggies roadside. Its one of my favourite things to do when i'm in the area, driving around and stopping at each roadside stall to see what the locals have on offer. Their roadside stall idea blossomed into a full online stall which now sells local homegrown + handmade products. You can find them here @ Church Farm General Store.
As you can see the video is so completely intoxicating that I got totally obsessed and could not stop thinking about Amanda + Andrew's gorgeous soaps and conscious life they have created for themselves, so asked if they could share their favourite local markets. Thanks so much Amanda + Andrew for sharing your local knowledge with us! Can't wait to visit. x
+ TUESDAY MORNING NEW BRIGHTON FARMERS MARKETS
+ FRIDAY MORNING MULLUMBIMBY FARMERS MARKETS
by Amanda + Andrew of Church Farm General Store
We are lucky to live in an area that has a great farmers market going almost every day of the week! Our favourites are the New Brighton (Tuesday morning) and the Mullumbimby (Friday morning) farmers markets and these are the ones we go to every week
Most of the stalls are actually at most, (if not all) of the markets…as they do the rounds at each. If you are after a particular stall though just check on the market website and there should be a full list of stallholders.
New Brighton Farmers Market
8-11am @ River St, New Brighton
Murwilumbah Farmers Market
7-11am @ Murwillumbah Showgrounds
Byron Bay Farmers Market
8-11am @Butler Street Reserve
Mullumbimby Farmers Market
7-11am @ Mullumbimby Showgrounds
Bangalow Farmers Market
8-11am @behind the Bangalow Hotel
Run by same crew that does Byron farmers market (same website)
New Brighton Farmers Markets:
Located in between the river and the Beach, this is a great market for the whole family. Start your day off with a swim and then a great breaky from The Nomadic Kitchen and a great local pesticide free coffee! These markets are also close to the Yum Yum Tree Café which is a popular spot with the locals. If the tide is high, a dip in the river is a great way to cool down on hot summer mornings.. but if you have your dog with you, then head to the long stretch of dog beach which has an entrance close to the markets!
The Nomadic Kitchen
The Nomadic Kitchen is run by Rob and Michelle, an awesome brother & sister team who make honest, amazing food with the freshest market produce. Rob has cooked in some amazing restaurants, like the River Café in London, and we pinch ourselves every market day morning that he sticks around in this area cooking up his breakfasts! Michelle makes the most delicious cakes and jams! Their family also have an amazing apple and stonefruit farm in Stanthorpe, an uncle even makes amazing wine in Ballandean and they are just the best food/winey family around! Ask for a ‘tony plate’ (that means a bit of everything)
This is Rob picking some asparagus on his family’s farm
Grumpy Grandma’s Olives (formerly Summerland olives)
The best olives and olive oil in the region, or maybe even the world! must try Denyse’s smoked olives and BYO a bulk container so Denyse can fill it up with local delicious olive oil
Andrew works on Farmer Ian’s farm so we can vouch that his produce is grown without sprays and other nasties. He uses loads of compost and worm castings and grows some really interesting varieties.. like wasabi lettuce! And grows some of the tastiest ginger we’ve ever eaten
The Pickle Chicks
Di from the pickle chicks is the best, not only does she make the best pickles (with fresh produce and no additives) she makes the best cakes and savoury goodies! Di is committed to wholefoods and cooking from scratch, and she even grinds her own flour for her cakes! You can’t go wrong with anything Di makes..some of our favourites are the Hummingbird cake with coconut cream icing, vegan donuts, the chocolate brownies, and the eggplant and fetta balls
Mullumbimby Farmers Market
Definitely the most colourful market in the region, the ‘mullum’ farmers market is not only somewhere you go to buy fresh produce, eat amazing breakfasts etc etc it is also a major hang out for the local community. There is great local live music, free fun activities for the kids, arts and crafts, facepainting, sometimes even fairies and stilt walkers!
Soooo good! The tempura pumpkin and sweet potato handroll is one of our faves, and everything is so fresh and tasty! Made with fresh produce and local brown rice (no sugar added) and run by the local legends of Doma Café, you can’t go wrong!
Look up Doma Café in Federal if you are in the area, it’s a must!
Everyone is loving the benefits of fermented foods nowadays, and these krauts and ferments are the best we’ve come across! The ‘Alive mustard’ is so good and David and Anna really know their stuff and are happy to answer any questions about the world of fermentation. Plus look how happy they are, they must be onto something!
Using delicious local fresh produce Rob and Duska make all of their goodies by hand. Great spice blends, dips and sauces and Rob also makes the best baklava!
Some favourites are the Lime Peanut Sauce and the Macadamia Dukkah
John & Lyndall Picone grow a large variety of exotic fruits… think fresh peppercorns, vanilla beans, pomegranates, jacama beans, sapotes, pomelos, wax jambus, cashew apples, cactus fruits! Every piece on their stall is like a jewel straight from nature, and they are also super friendly and are happy to fill you in on how to get the most from your selection of exotics!
Byron Farmers Markets
Every Thursday morning the Byron locals head to the Byron Farmers Market to pick up their fresh produce! You may spy the local chefs picking up their produce for their seasonal menus, you may even stumble upon a cooking demo and you will most definitely hear some great local live music.
Simon and Rachel make the tastiest handmade organic sourdough breads! We are lucky enough to have been to their place and we can definitely vouch for the way they do things! Their woodfired oven is amazing, and they use fresh eggs from their chickens
Everything in the Scratch Patisserie kitchen is made from scratch using traditional recipes from local and organic produce…where do we start? Perhaps with the almond croissant, or the white chocolate macadamia cheesecake, or the Pain au chocolat.. you can’t go wrong its all good stuff.
They also have a shopfront tucked down an alley way in Mullumbimby if you miss them at the markets, and they make great chai too!
Byron Bay Tempeh
-Handmade soy-free tempeh made with fava beans, chickpeas, tasmanian wakame seaweed and other goodies. Sarah and Luke have great ideas on how to use Tempeh in your everyday cooking, and personally we love it fried in coconut oil until its crispy and then dipped into the Tuckombil Native Plum Sauce
Blueberry fields forever! A family owned blueberry orchard in the Byron hinterland, the freshest best blueberries you will ever experience! Get to the markets early to get your bucket of blueberries when they are in season (during Spring and Summer)
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