First Flats Farmers Market is coming this weekend
THE first Flats Farmers Market is now just three days away with 60 growers and producers already signed up for the event.
The Flats Farmers Market co-ordinator Jess Marsellos said the lineup including large national exporters, small boutique producers and some who have been around for 60 years farming the same land, in the same family and some who are just starting out.
You name it, the market has it - everything from blueberries to strawberries, passionfruit, beef, chicken, jams, relish, limes, organic garlic, open-range eggs, seafood, eggplant, ginger, pumpkins, chilli, organic worm cast and more.
Mrs Marsellos said it was exciting to see such a great line up of the region's producers come together.
"This has blown away my expectations," Mrs Marsellos said.
"I thought if we could get 30 stallholders that would be awesome but we have nearly doubled that figure.
"I think the timing is right for both the producers and the community - we are a culinary hub nourishing the nation and what a better way to celebrate with a farmers market."
To be held in the cricket grounds at Kendalls Flat, Mrs Marsellos said there was heaps of room.
"So we are encouraging people to bring a picnic rug, grab some tasty produce, maybe a doughnut, coffee, dumplings or Spanish sausage and enjoy being able to buy wholly locally made, owned and grown produce," Mrs Marsellos said.
Robert Doyle from Bundy Farm will be at the market with his beef and pork packs produced in Pine Creek.
Wife Mellissa said the event was a great opportunity for locals to find out more about what was available in the Bundaberg Region.
"I think there is a shift towards buying more local produce, knowing how it's raised, where it comes from and who produced it," Mr Doyle said.
"This market is a great opportunity for our local community to really get behind its growers."
Farmers at the event will include Macadamias Australia, blueberry grower Perfection Fresh, Austchilli, Grunske's seafood, cherry tomato producer Attard Family Farm, zucchini grower Swan Ridge, herb and salad producer KC's Fresh and bean grower Rosengal. .
Wineries showing at the event include Childers Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits and Vintner's Secret joining the North Burnett's We Heart Citrus.
For those who are paleo, gluten free, vegan or just like fermented wholefoods, Well Goodness Me, Koa Koa Organics, Nourish and Rawlicious Delicious will all be attending.