Our guide to the farmers’ markets of the Northern Rivers

Our guide to the farmers’ markets of the Northern Rivers

Our guide to the farmers’ markets of the Northern Rivers 2560 2560 Table Under a Tree

Did you know there’s a farmers’ market on virtually every day of the week in the Northern Rivers? Monday is the only reprieve and actually, on most other days there’s more than one!

So if you’re a local who wants to explore your neighbourhood, or you’re a visitor wanting to experience the region through out food, how do you pick from this calendar of plenty? We thought we’d share a local’s perspective on the markets; on what you’re likely to find and which one to hit depending on your needs. Here’s some thoughts to help you out!

Tuesday

  • New Brighton Farmers’ Market (8am-11am, New Brighton Oval, New Brighton). A small market with a lovely atmosphere. Grab some breakfast and produce needs. Limited meat options and no dairy.
  • Rainbow Region Organic Market (7.30am-11am, Lismore Showground). This is your go-to for certified organic food.

Wednesday

  • Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market (7am-11am, Murwillumbah Showgrounds, Murwillumbah). Has a strong following in the local community, and some great producers.
  • Yamba Farmers’ Market (7am-11am, Whiting Beach Carpark, Yamba). Always hear good things about this market, so go exploring!
  • Newrybar Eats and Produce Market (3pm-7pm, Newrybar Hall). One of the newer markets in the region, this one offers just what the name suggests! Grab some dinner and grab some produce! There’s usually music too.

Thursday

  • Byron Farmers’ Market (7am-11am, currently at The Cavanbah Centre, North Byron). One of the heavyweight markets of the region. It is huge and has everything you could want in a farmers’ market. You can get a full range of produce, meats, dairy and loads more. A must-visit when you’re in Byron, and easy to get to at the current location.
  • Lismore Produce Market (2.30pm-6.30pm, Magellan Street, Lismore). On the smaller side, but a great option if you want to grab some essentials. Have a wander through the CBD while you’re there and maybe hit a wine bar or restaurant while you’re there. And the Art Gallery too!
  • Casino Farmers’ Market (7am-12pm, Richmond Street, Casino). Not a market we’ve been to, so check it out and tell me about it!
  • Grafton Farmers’ Markets (7am-12pm, corner Fitzroy & Duke Streets, Grafton). Another one a little further afield for us, so let us know what it’s like.

Friday

  • Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market (7am-11am, Mullumbimby Showground). The other heavyweight market of the region, and the current delicious Produce Awards winner of Outstanding Farmers’ Market, which speaks volumes for the quality of Mullum. Great atmosphere, always entertaining, and one you’ll want to go back to again.

Saturday

  • Lismore Farmers’ Market (8am-11am, Lismore Showground). One of the bigger markets in the region. Lots of produce and lots of choice. Has a real local vibe to it. Easy parking too.
  • Bangalow Farmers’ Market (8am-11am, behind Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow). Sister market to Byron, this is always hugely popular. It is on the small size, so more of a market to visit and enjoy a wander about rather than stocking up.
  • Kyogle Farmers’ Market (8am-12pm, Stratheden Street, Kyogle). Another smaller market but worth the visit to see a different side of the region and to explore Kyogle.
  • Uki Farmers’ Market (8am-12.30pm Uki Hall, Uki). Ditto on the size, and ditto on being worth a visit to have a wander around the village.
  • Blue Knob Farmers’ Markets (8.30am-1pm, 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock). Yet another smaller market, actually tiny last time we went, but if you’re in the area, check it out.

Sunday

  • Ballina Farmers’ Market (7am-11am, Commemoration Park, Ballina). Growing stronger every week, or so it seems. A lovely waterside setting with a really eclectic range of stalls (fresh and value-add).

How many can you get to in a week?

Cheers,

Georgina

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