Farm Gate Shopping in Gympie Region

Release Date: 06-Nov-2019

How do you buy your fresh produce? If you are looking for a grocery shopping experience that is fun, educational, supports local business and also allows you to bring home the freshest and most nutritious food then read on!

The Gympie region has always had a great affiliation with fresh produce with a versatile climate mixing temperate and sub-tropical and high rainfall, and of course rich soil. And now with the growing number of farm gate experiences you can access our freshest and best produce direct from the farmer. We have put together a list of just some of the farm gate shopping experiences you can have this weekend.

Don't forget to pack the esky to take home your bounty, but make sure it is empty when you leave home as there is plenty to see, do and eat along the way. Enjoy!

Dagun Growers Market - every Saturday from 3pm at Dagun Station. This little weekly market is co-ordinated by Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-operative which offers the same fresh, flavourful, locally grown fruit and veg through weekly produce bags and an online E-market. The emphasis is on chemical-free and using regenerative farming practices. Some members are organically certified, some follow biodynamic principles, some are permaculturists. All are dedicated to improving their soils and creating healthy farms for themselves and future generations of land stewards.It’s a market with a difference. The main feature is a huge single co-operative stall that is run by the farmers themselves, so you can meet the people who grow your food and who really care about the quality of the food you eat. All of it is local. If they can't grow it locally you can't buy it!

Forage Farms is a family farm that ethically produces free range, pastured eggs, lamb and pork to share with their customers. Forage Farms epitomise the definition of ‘forage’... and some! Their chooks, pigs and sheep live just the way they’re meant to - roaming and grazing in the paddock 24/7, hanging out with their mates, and snoozing in the sun. They’re regularly moved to new paddocks ensuring access to the freshest grass possible.This enviable lifestyle means our critters are happy, healthy, and earthed-out. It also means their eggs, pork and lamb taste like proper food should - tasty - and actually nourish the people who eat them. Their chemical-free, pasture-based approach incorporates natural-sequence farming techniques to keep the land hydrated and fertile naturally. They do all this because they don’t just want to farm sustainably, they want to actually regenerate the landscape. The Forage Farms Farm Shop is open every Saturday from 9am to 12pm at Mullaly Rd, Kybong.

Lindols Macadamias not only grow great nuts on over 11,000 macadamia trees, the macadamias are harvested in abundance every season and created into a range of delicious sweet and savoury macadamia products that you can enjoy at the Farm Cafe from 9am to 2pm every Saturday. The macadamias trees are flourishing on the property with the orchard growing continuously. The young trees are propagated in the onsite nursery from seed, and are grown and grafted when they reach their second year of growth after which point they are planted out into the orchard according to variety. You can find Lindols Macadamias at Tin Can Bay Rd Goomborian.

Cooloola Berries is a well known strawberry farm and cafe providing an authentic farm experience in the Gympie region. Pick your own strawberries and choose from over 10 varieties that are chosen for taste, try some locally made products (including delicious berry products made on farm), or sit back and relax at the cafe. Something for everyone and open 8am to 5pm everyday on Tagigan Rd, Wolvi.

Kandanga Farm Store is your destination for anything and everything from farm to fork,  and with our friends Bos Rural and Kandanga Kitchen you can learn how to produce your own chemical free food, get all the things you need to do it, make the most out of your harvest or just enjoy the country view and dining available from the Kandanga Kitchen café serving home grown and local food. Kandanga Farm Store is open 9am to 1pm weekends and you will find them on Main St Kandanga. 

Camelot Dairies is located just 10 minutes from Gympie and one of only a handful or camel dairies in Australia. They  provide award winning camel milk and quality camel milk products, from the happiest of camels. Every Sunday, they open their farm to visitors to share these gorgeous animals with good vibe camel cuddles and camel rides. Enjoy the sunshine with signature blended coffee from Noosa and a selection of freshly baked cakes. The scones are to die for and sell out each week. Open 10am to 1pm every Sunday, Waugh Rd Scrubby Creek.

Petersens Farm is the home of CC Kitchen so not only will you find farm fresh produce, but also a great variety of the tastiest preserves and pickles made on farm with love. The farm shop is open every day but for a great one-of-a-kind experience don't miss the Big Rosella Festival on the first weekend of May. You will find this treasure at 2 Reilly Rd, Woolooga - just look for the big rosella on the farm shop roof!

And don't forget Gympie Town Centre Growers Market in Centre Stage Mary Street from 7am to 1pm every Wednesday for fresh local produce for some mid-week shopping.

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