Warwick resident Joan Penberthy displays her hand-made rose petal frames.
Warwick resident Joan Penberthy displays her hand-made rose petal frames.

Wine and Farmers Markets seasonal greetings for foodies

RAIN could not dampen the spirits of stallholders at the Seasonal Feast Food, Wine and Farmers Markets at Leslie Park on Saturday.

The markets were a chance for Warwick residents to taste and take home the flavours of the region and meet with the producers behind the fresh produce.

Market co-ordinator Mel Forbes said at any one time the markets co-op stall would feature seasonal produce from more than 20 producers.

"The produce is sourced from areas across the region," she said.

"As the produce is seasonal at any one time we will be selling produce on the behalf of 20 different and diverse producers from the region."

The markets offer residents the chance to support their own regional producers.

"Anyone who wants to come down and meet the people behind the products," Ms Forbes said.

"It gives locals the chance to buy local produce and keep the money within the community."

Co-op stall holders Natasha Jackson and Samantha Palmer have plenty on offer at Leslie Park.
Co-op stall holders Natasha Jackson and Samantha Palmer have plenty on offer at Leslie Park. Ben Wilmott

The markets have been held on a weekly basis in Stanthorpe and have now expanded to include Warwick.

Combined with the Uber markets in Leslie Park, Ms Forbes said she hoped to see more residents become aware of the wide range available.

"We have around 60 producers from across the Southern Downs and the produce is always changing as different produce comes into season," she said.

"We started small, trying to provide an alternative to the big food chains."

Despite rainy weather limiting numbers on the weekend Ms Forbes said she was happy with the attendance.

"We are really happy with the turn-out," she said.

"The reaction from those who have come down has been extremely positive."

The markets will be held in Leslie Park from 8am to midday on the second Saturday of every month.

Interested stall holders can email Mel at warwickmarket@seasonalfeast.com.au.



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