Fruit & veg
You’re in what Tweed Tourism calls ‘the green cauldron’, a lush caldera surrounding what was once an enormous volcano, Mount Warning (Wollumbin). While bananas and sugarcane are grown commercially in the Tweed, the nutrient-rich soils nourish a wide variety of local fruit, veg and other fresh produce grown in the region.
Smart locals don’t buy fruit and veg from the major supermarkets, we support the local economy (and eat more healthily) by going to the markets for fresh local produce. Of course there’s lots more on offer at some of the markets, including local crafts, clothing and bric-a-brac.
Quick guide to local markets
To see this week’s markets, check the weekly entertainment guide.
- Murwillumbah Farmers Market (Caldera Farmers Market) – local produce from the region, every Wednesday from 7-11am at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds on Queensland Road, Murwillumbah. See Murwillumbah Farmers Market for more info.
- Murwillumbah Showground Country Markets –
Fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, flowers, fruit trees, bric-a-brac, farm fresh honey, coffee. 4th Sunday of the month, Murwillumbah Showground.
- Chillingham Village Market – local produce, arts and crafts. Every second Sunday of the month, 8:00am to 1:00pm. Offering a selection of local crafts, produce, artwork and other locally made items. Live entertainment. Plastic bag-free. At the Community Centre Grounds, Numinbah Road, Chillingham.
- Kingscliff Market – local produce, arts, crafts and other goods. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 7am-1pm. Marine Parade, Kingscliff. Visit the Kingscliff Markets website for more info.
- Pottsville Market – local produce, arts and crafts, books, clothes and more. Every first and third Sunday of the month at Phillip Street Reserve, Pottsville. See the Pottsville Markets website for more info.
- Stokers Craft Market – this quarterly market at Stokers Siding features hand-made products by local artisans. Refreshments include home style food and sausage sizzle. Held at Stokers Dunbilble Memorial Hall, Stokers Road between the Stokers Siding Public School and the village shops, from 9am to 2pm.
- Tweed Heads Market – every Sunday, Recreation Street, Tweed Heads, from 7am until 12pm.
- Uki Farmers Market – every Saturday 8am – 1pm, Uki Town Hall, Kyogle Road, Uki.
- Uki Buttery Bazaar Market – last of the 70s style markets with food, music, coffee, clothing, books, plants, art & craft, second hand and more. Third Sunday of every month, 8-2pm at the Buttery, Kyogle Road, Uki.
- Tyalgum Village Market – featuring artisan and handmade goods. Last Saturday of the month, 10-3pm, 21 Coolman St, Tyalgum. More details at tyalgumvillagemarket.com.
- Kingscliff Lantern Markets – food stalls, entertainment, arts & craft, some produce. On the first Friday of the month, 5-9pm, in the Lions Park next to the Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club.
Straight from the growers
If we need supplies on a non-market day (and live close to the coast), we shop at Mate & Matts on Cudgen Road (pictured), just off Tweed Coast Road heading into Kingscliff. They stock a range of locally grown fruit and veg, free range eggs, local honey, herbs and sometimes flowers in their little shed surrounded by produce fields.
Further down Tweed Coast Road is Palmers Veggie Shack, selling a small but good quality range of their own produce. Look for the sign on the left side of the road southbound from Kingscliff.
Or there’s the honesty boxes (pictured) scattered throughout the Shire. These old style carts stock whatever the farmer has growing, so it’s always in season and always fresh. As the name implies, they rely on the honesty of customers to keep them going; so be a good sport and pay the right amount for your producef.
With 35 km of coast, rivers and estuaries, the Tweed is renowned for fresh local seafood. Whether you buy it straight from the source or let the chefs weave their magic at local restaurants, you’ll know it’s the freshest seafood you can get.
Local oysters. There are several oyster farms along the Tweed River and Terranora Inlet, with local varieties similar to the Sydney rock oyster. You can buy them direct from the local co-ops on Kennedy Drive, or visit the Birds Bay Oyster Farm to see how they’re harvested and shucked. It’s on Birds Bay Drive, West Tweed Heads.
Local prawns. Head to the Tweed Marina on River Terrace early in the morning to meet the trawlers and buy prawns, bugs, and a variety of local fish literally fresh off the boats.
Catch a crab. If you don’t own a crab pot or know where to start looking for these tasty beasts, then let the Catchacrab mob help you out by joining one of their tours.
For an easier option, drop into Scales Seafood at 47 Kennedy Drive and choose from a range of crabs, prawns, Balmain or Moreton Bay bugs, oysters, mussels and fresh fish. You can take it home to cook or get them to cook it for you and eat it across the road on the picturesque banks of the Tweed River.
You’ve probably seen Madura Tea in the supermarket – their English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Green Tea varieties are sold widely across the country. Their 250,000 tea bush plantation is located right here in the Tweed where they grow, blend and package more than 24 varieties including Chai and herbal teas such as native Lemon Myrtle. Madura means paradise in Tamil – an appropriate name for tea grown in the stunning Tweed Shire. It is 100% Australian owned and operated by four local families who take great care to protect the local ecosystem throughout their cultivation and production processes. They sell their extensive tea range direct to the public Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, so drop in or call them to book a tour of the plantation. Location: 753 Clothiers Creek Road, Clothiers Creek. Phone 02 6670 6000.
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