Weekly Byron Farmers Market


Posted on 17 Nov 2017

 

Byron’s WEEKLY Farmers Markets

Byron Farmers Market
Every Thursday, 8 – 11am
9-minute drive from Elements
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay 2481

Bangalow Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 8 – 11am
16-minute drive from Elements
Behind the Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow 2479

New Brighton Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, 8 – 11am
23-minute drive from Elements
New Brighton Oval, River Street, New Brighton 2483

Mullumbimby Farmers Market
Every Friday 7 – 11am
23-minute drive from Elements
51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby 2482
 

MONTHLY Markets in the ‘Byron Area’

Byron Bay Market
1st Sunday of the month, 8am – 3pm
9-minute drive from Elements
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay 2481

Brunswick Heads Markets
1st Saturday of the month, 7am – 1pm
18-minute drive from Elements
Fawcett St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Byron Flea Market
2nd Saturday of the month, 9am – 2pm
12-minute drive from Elements
Youth Activity Centre, 1 Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay 2481

Lennox Head Community Market
2nd Sunday of the month, 8am – 2pm
28-minute drive from Elements
Mackney Lane, Lennox Head 2478

Mullumbimby Market
3rd Saturday of the month, 9am– 2pm
20-minute drive from Elements
Summers Park, cnr Stuart & Myocum St, Mullumbimby 2482

Pottsville Beach Markets
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, 7:30am – 2pm
33-minute drive from Elements
16 Philip St, Pottsville 2489

Kingscliff Markets
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, 7am – 1pm
43-minute drive from Elements
Marine Parade, Kingscliff 2487

Bangalow Markets
4th Sunday of the month, 8 – 11am
18-minute drive from Elements
Bangalow Showground, 1 Market St, Bangalow 2479

Farmers markets have exploded over the past decade, mostly driven by consumer desire to reconnect with the provenance of their food and those who grow it. They bring enormous benefits to local communities, rural and urban, be it through economic viability, fostering sustainable agriculture, or simply by creating an inclusive hub for community interaction.

Byron is renowned for its wholesome, seasonal produce, partly due to the fertile, volcanic soil it’s grown in and partly to the passionate producers who labour over it. There are four farmers markets in close proximity to Elements, with the nearest only a few minutes’ drive away at Butler Street Reserve in town.

Held every Thursday morning between 8-11am, Byron Farmers’ Market is a hive of activity where residents and tourists can be found taste-testing local produce, swapping recipes with farmers, sipping on a fresh juice or coffee, and generally soaking up the bohemian, family friendly vibe.

The Byron Farmers Market Association, which manages both Byron and Bangalow markets, believes in “authenticity”, which means you’ll find stallholders only selling what they produce as re-selling is not allowed.

Noel Baggeley, who has been farming oysters for 35 years, provides the markets with fresh, full-flavoured Sydney Rock Oysters grown locally in the Brunswick River. (He says the easiest way to open an oyster is to put it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen the muscle, which allows for easy opening.)

Heather and Hugh Armstrong from Coopers Shoot Tomatoes reckon the secret to their juicy, sweet success is allowing them to ripen on the vine. (Heather’s tip is to never store them in the fridge.) Their Coopers Shoot property, which is nestled in the hills between Byron Bay and Bangalow, has been in the Armstrong family since 1882. Originally a dairy farm, it now produces cucumber, peppers, eggplant and banana crops.

Stop in at the Wiccawood Farm Products stall and say hi to Kenrick Riley, who grows over 80 varieties of subtropical herbs and Asian crops – many of which have been provided as seed by his customers. His small, organic farm is situated north-west of Elements in the beautiful Jiggi Valley near Nimbin.

As the seasons change so too does the range of blooms, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Look out for Liz Gray from Funky Farmers and the gorgeous fresh flowers she grows on her Goonengerry farm. She shares her stall with husband Bob, who sells certified organic herbs like ginger, galangal and turmeric.

Back at Elements you’ll find locally inspired, seasonal cuisine showcasing the best of Byron’s farmers and fine food artisans. Our produce-first menus are available all day, so you can savour the flavours on the terrace, by the pool, or in the comfort of your sumptuous villa.

Here’s the full list of local suppliers and farmers who sell their produce at both the Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets. If you’re looking for markets in the Byron Shire and nearby regions, here’s a list that includes everything from artisan markets to car boot sales.

Getting there: You’ll find Butler Street near Byron Bay Police Station, alongside the railway line. If you are already in town, leave your car and walk across the railway line, either on the car crossing at the roundabout, or from the car park behind the Byron Visitor Centre.

Photo Credit: Veda Dante





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