The Cleveland Farmers Markets will relaunch this Sunday, July 11, and run every Sunday, rain, hail or shine, from 7am to 1pm in Bloomfield Street, between Middle and Queen streets, Cleveland.
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CLEVELAND'S stunning bayside location and the iconic Redlands strawberry will be reunited with the relaunch of the popular Cleveland Village Farmers Markets.
Wellington Point farmer Steve Pascoe said he was thrilled to be "bringing the best local produce back to the best markets in Brisbane".
"The Cleveland markets used to be so popular that you'd have people packed in all the way up the street and you couldn't see the end of them," Steve said.
"It sort of dropped off a few years ago and we stopped bothering, but we're coming back with more than 100 other fresh food stalls as part of the relaunch."
Under the slogan, ''Grow it, make it or bake it'', the stalls will include fresh meat, fish and seafood, dairy, deli and bakery, as well as gourmet jams, sauces and condiments and Redlands arts and crafts.
Steve has worked at Wellington Point Farm since he was 12 years old doing part time picking for the family friend who owned it.
He said the markets provided a great chance to pick up local produce at a great price and within two or three days of picking, where supermarkets shipped their produce over more than a week.
"We grow four varieties of strawberries here so we have them all year round, and that's definitely what we're best known for," Steve said.
"But we'll also have the best of our seasonal produce at the markets, at the moment the cauliflowers, broccoli, silverbeet, potatoes and sweet potatoes are all beautiful."
The makeover of the markets was a popular idea at Redland City Council's recent Cleveland revitalisation meeting, although the Cleveland Village Traders took over the running of a tender process for the markets from the council a few years ago.
Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said the council felt traders were “better able to judge what would and wouldn’t work”.
“Clearly, a successful market is almost the equivalent of having a successful event every weekend, so we wish them well and I’ll certainly be down there doing my shopping,” he said.
The tender was awarded to Brisbane Farmers Markets, which currently runs farmers markets at Nerang, Logan and Mt Gravatt.
Liana Baffari, of the Brisbane Farmers Markets, said the markets provided a “healthy and cost effective alternative” to supermarket shopping.
“It’s an opportunity to smell the exotic aromas, to sample the gourmet delicacies or to simply just sit back and relax over a delicious breakfast and steaming hot cup of coffee,” she said.
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