I have always loved markets.
I could spend the entire morning walking around, comparing prices on produce, admiring the fresh cut flowers, having a bit of a browse in the clothing stalls and of course sipping a flat while while watching the other market goers.
This Saturday my family and I went to the Village Markets at Kelvin Grove.
In addition to farm fresh fruit and vegetables all at very reasonable prices, the Kelvin Grove markets offer a butcher, fresh cut flowers, plants, coffee stands, prepared food stands, and quite a few stalls selling clothes, jewellery and homewares.
The range of produce is impressive…some stalls offer every fruit and vegetable that is in season, others specialise in only one type of produce and still others sell certified organic fruits and vegetables.
The quality and price of the produce is impressive too.
There are a few coffee stalls, including Roost Coffee which has an almost cult like following.
My favourite food stall is Banneton.
In addition to offering their signature breads and French pastries, they bring their wood fired oven to the markets and churn out focaccia bread and pizzas.
Get there early to snag a chocolate almond croissant.
And be sure to take home a loaf of ciabatta.
As I mentioned, I have trouble focusing on fruit and vegetables…my eye wanders to the clothing and homewares stalls and I often return from the markets with a dress or a cushion mixed in with my apples and oranges.
This week at The Village Markets there were two clothing stalls in particular that made me stray from my shopping list.
The first was Artery Store.
Decorated with paper lanterns and buntings, this stall had a delightful vibe…one that did not disappoint. Sure enough the stall was filled with exactly the types of clothes that I like to wear…dresses and kaftans in beautiful prints, scarves with a pom pom trim…clothes that can go straight from the cafe to meet friends to the park to play on the swings and then home to finish the laundry and cook dinner!
The second stall that caught my eye was Japanese Vintage.
This stall was stocked with gorgeous, dresses handmade out of vintage japanese fabrics. They had every colour and style imaginable…and each was truly one of a kind.
I was immediately smitten. I must go back.
Other pluses of The Village Markets are the parking is easy, it is dog friendly and there is plenty of green space around if you want to take your coffee and your food and have a picnic while the kids run around.
As they are held in the middle of The Urban Village there are plenty of cafes serving up breakfast so you could linger over eggs and bacon and read the newspaper before doing your shopping.
And if for some reason you can’t find what you are looking for at the markets, or if you want to make it a one stop shop and combine your market shopping with other errands there is a Woolies, a chemist and a bottle shop all right there!
The Kelvin Grove Village Markets Details:
Where: Blamey Street, Kelvin Grove (Urban Village on QUT Campus)
When: every Saturday from 6:00
There is plenty of parking the streets surrounding the markets and there are multiple bus stops within walking distance.
While some of the stalls selling clothes, jewellery and homewears will accept eftpos, most of the stalls are cash only. There are ATMs located in the Urban Village.
The market is dog friendly.
Do you frequent farmers’ markets?
Have you been to the Kelvin Grove Markets?
Caitlin Dyer is a Registered Nurse by day, the blogger Mother Down Under by night and a mother to her toddler twenty-four seven!
She loves good friends, red wine, clean sheets and the perfect flat white!
Her blog, www.motherdownunder.blogspot.com, is an online mothers group that you can turn to for support, for advice and for company when you are up feeding in the middle of the night!