Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Market

Last weekend I was invited to the grand opening day of the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Market on the north side of Brisbane.  The site is at a closed university campus and was absolutely swamped with people on day one.

Carseldine Farmer's Market

We met at 10am and I was 5 minutes late trying to get through the swarm of people.  The organisers of the market must have been over the moon at the numbers in attendance.  By 10am there were several stalls with sold-out signs.  I doubt they expected the numbers or they’d have stocked a lot more produce and banana bread.

sold out

The market has great signage and are all aimed at making people smile.

scarecrow

Carseldine Farmer's Market

I was shocked when I saw a dog on a leash and asked if the market was dog friendly and it is!  There were dogs everywhere but with that many people it must have been tough for the four-leggers.  I don’t think I’d bring Charlie to a place with that many people to trip over him.  There were no unfriendly gestures and no dog did a naughty and left it behind and that means a lot.

dog sign

The Barkery

Did I say dog friendly and forgot the pig?  Yes, there was a pig in attendance.  He was really cute. Big and cute.

pig

You’ll find vegetables fresh from the farm at their peak goodness.  I bought some of these tomatoes.

tomatoes

walnuts

garlic
There’s also a fun place for kids to play in so they can take a break from watching mum and dad shop.

kids play area

There are several areas with cooked food and lots of places to sit.

La French Attitude

ginger beer

You’ll also find fresh flowers and plants.

flowers

plants

flower shopping
We have some wonderful farmers markets up here on the Sunshine Coast but if I lived closer I certainly would.  The market is really well organised and has everything I’d want to see in a market.

Saturdays  6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old QUT Campus
532 Beams Rd
Carseldine

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Comments

  1. says

    What a lovely day and how wonderful for the stall-owners to leave knowing they’d sold all their produce. Shopping in markets is becoming increasingly popular. Like you, even though it’s very dog-friendly, I don’t think I could bring my two – they’d be trampled on! xx

  2. says

    Looks like a great place to shop and have fun! Great pictures Maureen, it was like I was there with you! Love the scare crow and the tomatoes look delicious :)

  3. says

    What a lovely day out – it’s winter though and everyone is walking around in tshirts?! I’m a sucker for a farmers market and always come back with way more than I ever need.

  4. Eha says

    Maureen – is that gorgeous pig a NZ Kunekune? Know of a well known Kiwi blogger from Illinois who is beginning to grow them!!!!

      • Eha says

        [laughter] Maureen: these little Kiwi ‘buggers’ are awfully cute! Celi of ‘mykitchensgardens’ in Illinois is growing them to breed as pets and they are utterly delightful!! Keep the name in mind and have a happy weekend in the interim!!!!

      • Eha says

        No problem : shall send photo to Celi ['mykitchensgarden' : she is the expert] but it sure look the bro/sister of Tima :) !!

  5. says

    What a really wonderful market! I especially loved your slice-of-life pics of the hilarious signs (“Hay … it’s in my jeans”!!!) … and I even had to read the doggie water bowl sign aloud to my kiddos because it was so stinkin’ cute! Isn’t there just such a friendly, community feel to markets like this? We have a lovely farmers’ market on the square in my city every Saturday in the summer – locally grown produce, baked goods, and yup … even a doggie bakery! So cool! :D
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  6. says

    Wow what a fun event. The weather looks like it was out of sight beautiful. It also looks like there was something for everyone to enjoy. Its fun to see what’s going on in your part of the world. Thank you!

  7. says

    Hi Maureen, It’s so nice to see a market with some humor- I particularly like the sign about the water being designed for dogs (“or short people with low standards”). I’m currently in Paris for several months and while the Paris martkets are great, I can’t see the French putting up any humorous signs. It’s ‘all business’ or them!
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  8. says

    Wish we had more markets like this. The only things that comes close is on Saturday mornings and only about 6 months out of the year and for 6 hours. It’s nothing like yours. I would love to roam around this market.
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  9. says

    Love the scarecrow, real fun ‘stuff’! Maureen, you’d find me at the Frenchie’s crêpe stand but also the Ginger Beer – I adore that stuff too since miss it in France. Feel like I’ve travelled to Brisbane just now – thanks for the market tour!
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  10. says

    this market looks great. we tried to get there but didnt realise that it shut at noon so were too late. Just wondering why you were surprised about the dogs being there? dont they allow dogs at markets on the coast?:) we used to take our wee one to the powerhouse market and others around town but she got a bit old for it in the end. i love seeing them as it adds such a lovely family atmosphere along with the kids, grannies etc.

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