131-141 David Low Way, Maroochydore
Open 7.30am to 6pm seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. All other public holidays, open 9am to 5pm
Erbachers is family-owned and has been trading on the Coast since 1965. The large farm shop offers a fantastic range of locally grown and sourced fresh fruit and vegetables. It also has staples like local milk, eggs, bread, honey and biscuits and a selection of cured meats, cheeses, yoghurts, and other pantry items such as spices, oils, dips and olives. There is ample parking and the shop accepts EFTPOS. There is a coffee van on site and a fishmonger certain days of the week (check website for details).
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Open 8am to 7.30pm every day. Closed Christmas Day.
Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Tony Pinzone, Beverly Atkins and Murray Scott established the business in 2000 and construction of the Mooloolah River Fisheries was completed two years later. A firm favourite with locals and tourists alike who come to browse the great selection of fresh fish unloaded from the boats and processed here every day. Cooked fish and other meals are also available. Customers can choose a takeout or eat on The Deck, overlooking the river. There is plenty of parking available.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 7.30pm and 8pm Fridays. Closed Mondays.
245 Nicklin Way, Warana
Since 1998, Point Cartwright Seafood Market has been offering a great selection of fresh seafood, caught by its boats and trawlers every day. It also has the largest live crab display allowing customers to pick their own or they will cook one in advance for you if you pre-order. Seafood platters are available to order and there is a lovely alfresco bistro too. It was voted ‘Best fish and chips in Queensland’ by the Seafood Marketers Association in 2013. Lots of parking out front.
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Every Sunday, 7am to 12pm. The Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville
Browse the wonderful selection of local farm produce while you sip a great coffee or indulge in a scrumptious breakfast from one of the food vendors. Local produce includes cheese, eggs, bread, fruit and veges, flowers, preserves, meat, seafood, deli goods and herbs. You can definitely stock up for the week here! There is ample parking available.
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Every Saturday, 7am to 12pm. Kawana State Primary School
The colours and smells of this market will appeal to any local foodie. Such a range of wonderfully fresh local produce is bound to please locals and visitors alike. Browse awesome produce including meats, eggs, bread, seafood, fruit and veges, delight in homemade goodies such as chocolates and cakes and pick up a great selection of skincare products. Lots of easy parking on site.
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Every Saturday, 6am to 11am. Suncoast Church car park, 7-9 Kiel Mountain Road, Woombye
Helen Langlois is the market manager behind this glorious foodies market. Head here for breakfast and a coffee then spend a leisurely morning gathering lots of local goodies for the week ahead. Fruit, veges, cheese, cakes, and bread are just a few examples of the great produce to be had here. The market is also a great place to pick up a gift, homewares or some plants.
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If you long for the fresh, seasonal produce that a weekly farmers market affords, but you just don’t get to one as often as you’d like, Fresh Box could be the answer. You order a box of fresh, local produce online and it is delivered to your door. You can choose from a selection of set boxes or create your own. It is easy to buy local as the number of kms each item has travelled to the Fresh Box warehouse is listed clearly online. You can also arrange for a box to be delivered each week, saving you even more time. Delivery costs $8 or is free on orders over $150.
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58 Justin Road, Doonan
Shambhala Farm was set-up as a family farm by Craig Hubbard and Jemma Edwards in 2011 and now operates as a food hub of sustainable producers. They offer Farmbox, where you can select one of their preset boxes or customise your own with fresh fruit and veges, staples and gourmet treats, and have it delivered to your door. There is an $8 delivery charge with free deliver on orders over $100. You can also pick up their great produce at the weekly Kawana and Noosa farmers markets.
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Maleny Kenilworth Road, Cambroon
This farm has been owned by the Walker family for 70 years and is committed to producing the highest quality produce with the highest level of welfare. At the moment the farm produces eggs, chicken, nomadic grass-fed beef and milk. ‘Nomadic’ means the animal move around the farm, grazing and fertilising different areas so they always have access to fresh grass. Look out for their products in local stores, or call them to arrange a time to pop into the farm to get their produce straight from the farm gate.
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The Menken family offer only the very best 100% grass-fed Black Angus Beef to buy by the taste, quarter, half or whole beast. It is delivered straight to your door for free in convenient meal-sized portions. Being cryovaced means it can be kept in the fridge for up to four weeks after delivery. You can also add other meat products from local farms to your order, such as Peachester Farm chickens.
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1557 Eumundi Kenilworth Road, Eumundi
Eumundi Beef was founded in 2010 and offers quality beef. It is a boutique operation supplying enough meat for around 50 households each year. The cattle are treated with the highest welfare standards and are 100% grass-fed. The farm will deliver beef to your door, or you can arrange a time to pick the meat up direct from the farm.
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472 Bular Road, Kilkivan
Bendele Farm is a family-run business that grows free range and organic poultry. Products include chickens, ducks, turkeys and are available to buy in butchers, delis and at farmers markets around Queensland, including Noosa’s Farmers Market (see above).
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Tours Monday to Saturday, see website for times. 70 McCarthy Road, Maleny
The land on which Maleny Dairies sits has been in the Hopper family since 1948. In 2000, the dairy was built to overcome the hardships faced by many farmers when the milk industry was deregulated. The vast majority of their milk comes from their herd of Guernsey cows. As well as milk, they produce yoghurt, custard and cream. You can book a tour of the dairy to see what goes on there. Products are available direct from the dairy and in local stores and supermarkets.
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Pick your own open seven days a week from 8am to 4.30pm from June to November. 133 Laxton Road, Palmview
Loads of glorious strawberry fields and an awesome shop and café make this one of the region’s best pick your own strawberry patches. There’s also a play area for children and they do platters and picking for parties too. The café stocks some delicious strawberry goodies such as milkshakes and ice creams and the shop has a lovely selection of strawberry-related items and gift ideas.
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Spare Harvest is a social enterprise that helps to connect people with others in their community so they can sell or trade any leftover produce from their harvests, however big or small. It is the brainchild of Helen Andrew who was forced to bury leftover mandarins from her harvest when her friends and family had already had their fill. Spare Harvest aims to reduce waste by sharing what is left over, be it herbs, fruit, veges, etc and put people in touch with others who can supply them with what they need, such as manure and bottling jars.
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‘Bee Girl’ has always had a fascination with bees and now she has turned that passion into a business producing raw, pure honey from her farm on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Her products include original honey, honey on the comb (yum!), sauces and dressings. She also has a range of honey-related gift ideas and wedding favours. Order online or look out for the products in local stores (a full list of stockists is available on the website).
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Ginger Factory open seven days, 9am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina
Construction of the Buderim Ginger Factory as we know it now started in 1979 but Buderim Ginger has actually been around a lot longer than that, having started out as a small farming community before World War I! Its products include crystallised ginger, ginger beer, preserves, sauces and candy. Take a trip to the Ginger Factory for a behind the scenes tour of the factory and to pick up some delicious products, or look out for them in stores across the country.
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Cellar door sales from 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 3.30pm Saturday. 4/13 Endeavour Drive, Kunda Park
A boutique brewery founded in 1998. From its beginnings, when it set out to produce ginger beer, the range of beers available now include many award winners. Check out its Chilli Beer for a bit of an extra kick! Its onsite bar is open Wednesday through to Saturday so you can enjoy some great food with your great beer. They sell beers by the carton, keg or growler.
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Open every day, 10.30am to 5.30pm. 249 Western Avenue, Montville
Some of the vines at the Flame Hill Vineyard are 80 years old and produce a range of wines from chardonnay and fiano to shiraz and merlot. There is an award-winning restaurant and accommodation on site, making it easy to enjoy a glass or two. They also hold an annual stomp festival every year to help crush the grapes.
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