Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market…


Queenslanders, well, perhaps just Sunny Coasters, tend to be early risers- especially when the rest of us are on daylight savings. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that the sun comes streaming in at this time of the year not long after 5am. (As an aside, they tend to dine earlier too – the waitress in one of the Italian restaurants in Mooloolaba apologised for not having a table before 6.30pm…)


It’s why, when hubster asked if I’d got the time right for the farmer’s market we were going to for breakfast. ‘Seven am? Are you sure?’ I was. I didn’t like to tell him that Woombye Farmers’ Market is underway by 6am.

‘Nothing will be open then,’ he said, with the confidence of always being right. ‘It won’t get going until 8.’img_0394

Not only was it under full steam at 8am, but people had bought their veggies (and their brekky) and were starting to leave.

It’s when you visit farmer’s markets like these – especially in places like this – that you realise there is a growing number of people (it was particularly pleasing to see so many young families) who want to eat fresh and want to eat local. And why wouldn’t you? All the produce from these markets is both of those things.


Sure, there were some stalls selling raw treats and fermented foods, but mostly it was quite simply produce – locally grown vegetables, fruit, cheese, and meats. Not everything is organic, but much of it is – or at least chemical free. Real food – with the dirt still on it, sweetie.I was especially happy to see baskets of locally grown tumeric, ginger and garlic – for most of the year at home we can only the imported stuff.

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For brekky we grabbed a plate of home-made pork and prawn dumplings to share, and split a brekky bacon and halloumi roll with home-made pesto. Perfect.

Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market is on every Saturday from 7am- noon at Kawana Waters State College, Sportsman Parade, Bokarina. Don’t forget your market bags.


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

11 thoughts

  1. Once upon a time I used to go to these markets in Brissy at New Farm (Powerhouse markets) and I’d get the ferry across the river super early and buy some flowers (I had a wildflower fetish back then and they were only $5/bunch) and some gluten-free goodies, and be back across the river at my car by 8am!

    Mind you I’m not sure I’ve been to Kawana. A girlfriend used to live at Mooloolaba so I went there a bit. I have rellies at Peregian Springs and once stayed at Coolum (the other end). Nowadays I head to a specialist at Buderim and one at Maroochydore. (And my bro’s in-laws live in Mapleton.)

    1. Quite by coincidence there was a feature on Sunshine Coast markets in this months jetstar mag. Our friend (who lives at Kawana) had never heard of them!

  2. We have a farmers market here in Canberra-ville. Don’t we? I’m sure we do. Just goes to show that Farmers Markets aren’t really my thing. But then again, neither is cooking so maybe there’s a correlation there.
    Looks like a gorgeous day out in any case. Thanks for stopping by the Lovin’ Life Linky!

  3. Love love love farmers markets! The fresh food is always tasty and the community spirit is alive!

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