After all of our discussion around food gifts the last few days, it is only natural that we unwrap a few aspects about food supply in Australia, from packaging to food miles!
I grew up in Far North Queensland and would spend my school holidays up on my step-grandad’s property. It’d be a busy time in December, as the farm would be in the middle of the mango season and I’d help out by making up boxes for packing mangoes. One thing that really surprised me, was that the mangoes we’d pick in Dimbulah would be trucked down to Sydney to be scrutinised and sold to different supermarket and supply chains, to then be distributed across Australia, sometimes even making the journey back up to be sold in Cairns!
Did you know what the associated transport and emissions are for average Aussie food basket are?
In 2007, CERES have found for a basket of 29 common household grocery items that:
- These items will travel by road, 21,073km – almost equivalent to driving around the whole of Australia’s coastline!
- Generating 16, 989 t CO2–e of emissions if all these items were transported on the one day, which is equivalent to 4,247 cars driving for one year.
Packaging is another big issue for food, especially for items that have their own in-built natural packaging like bananas! Recent analysis has highlighted that only a third of Australia’s plastic packaging waste is recycled. We’re going to be diving deeper into this topic discussing this in terms of energy in a post later next week.
Day 12 aims to highlight ways that you can source food locally for some fresh, delicious produce for your Christmas meals and connect you with some of the solutions developed by Brisbane businesses that want to help reduce the environmental impact of distributing food in Australia.
Farmer’s Markets for Produce and Gifts:
Just popping on down to your local farmer’s market can be a quick and easy way to find some tasty goodies this Christmas! Each week, in the lead up to Christmas, there are always some extra pop-up stalls from locals that love to craft gourmet goods for the holiday season, ranging from things like jams, chutney, preserves and delectable biscuits, cakes and gift packages. Here’s a few of the markets that we like to frequent and the days of the week that you can check them out:
1. Brisbane Market Place (Rocklea Markets)
The Brisbane Market Place located on Sherwood Rd, offers three market events to the public during the week, with the Wednesday Night Market (4pm -10pm), Saturday Fresh Market (6am – noon) and Sunday Discovery Markets (6am – noon). With over 220 stalls featuring quality meats and poultry, breads and baked goods, gourmet and deli lines, you’ll be sure to find a picky foodie a gift. Connect on Facebook for updates and to see what’s available this Christmas, and check out the event they have on the 14th of December!
2. Davies Park Market
At Davies Park Market, walk amongst the fig trees, relax along the river and grab yourself a bargain. These are held every Saturday from 6am – 2pm at Davies Park, Corner of Montague Road and Jane Street, Davies Park, West End.
Connect on Facebook for updates and features regarding special stalls for Christmas that are popping up this December!
3. Brisbane City Market
The Brisbane City Market is perfect for a quick grab of something after work or whilst accessing the Brisbane CBD, with two different locations during the week:
- Every Wednesday 8am – 6pm, 266 George Street at the end of Queen Street Mall
- Every Thursday 8am – 2:30pm, 410 Ann Street (corner of Ann and Wharf)
Each location has an associated Facebook event showcasing more information and updates each week.
4. Northey Street Market
Northey Street City Farm provides an Organic Farmers Market, every Sunday from 6am to 11am in Windsor, Brisbane. This market features organic fruit and veggies, pantry staples, specialist organic meat and seafood, dairy and vegan stalls.
Northey Street are also launching a Monthly Friday Night Organic Market on their 25th birthday for Summer Solstice, Friday December 20th at 6.30pm! Be sure to check it out and find out more via this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2374458982796604/
5. Jan Powers Farmer’s Market
The Jan Powers Farmer’s Markets are an icon of Brisbane. They feature incredible fresh produce and food products from local farms and businesses in the South East Queensland region. Be sure to check them out, they’re on every Saturday from 6am to noon at two locations, the Powerhouse New Farm and Manly Harbour Village.
See their Facebook page for more updates about their stalls over the Christmas period at New Farm and Manly Harbour locations.
6. People’s Market, West End
Hope on Boundary is one of two social enterprise cafes facilitated by Micah Projects. Every second Saturday of the month from 8.30am – 11.30am they host the People’s Market where you can grab Food Connect fruit and vegetables, neighbourhood produce, fresh baked goods, arts & crafts, plant sales from Jane Street Community Garden, coffee, food, music and more!
Can’t make it to the markets?
If you’re low on time and can’t make it along to the markets, Food Connect provide a great delivery service to City Cousins or straight to your door in selected postcodes in Brisbane! They have different bundles of fruit and veggie boxes, bulk buys, pantry goods, dairy and more, check out their range here. Their ethos is all about connecting South East Queenslanders to their local farmers and producers.
From their website, you can see in terms of food miles for an apple what the difference is between purchasing a typical supermarket apple compared to one grown locally!
Each week they also provide an update on what seasonal produce is available in the each of the box types and give information about how the different farms are going. One of their box types, the unruly box let’s you try unusually shaped veggies and fruit with a bit of character!
Stock up your cupboards:
For general sauces and pantry goods that you’re chasing for gifts or to replenish your supplies this Christmas, we did a round up of three West End shops to highlight the kinds of goodies that you can get from a local business.
1. The Green Grocer
The Green Grocer is located in the middle of the hustle and bustle on Boundary Street West End. They have been providing West End a great range of household items for over 20 years! Beau and the team will happily assist you with any of your bulk organic food, herbs, teas, spices, medicinal products, natural skin care and much more! As mentioned in our Day 8 post about living gifts, they have a stall set up for Jane Street Community Garden, where you can purchase herbs and seedlings. Be sure to head on down to stock up your cupboard or to find a great gift.
2. Mick’s Nuts
Mick’s Nuts is an essential part of every market-goers routine on a Saturday. It’s a small shop, but it’s packed to the brim with an extensive range of products and warmth from their team of staff. They have a huge selection of bulk dried food goods, local dairy products and all the essentials to fill your pantry this Christmas. Consider stopping on by during the week to grab some goodies in their accessible location on Vulture Street across from the West End State School and Sol Breads.
3. The Source Bulk Foods
The Source Bulk Foods in West End are located in The Stores, which is a hub for sourcing a great range of food from local growers and makers. Love the idea of gifting some bikkies or a cake but don’t have the time to dust your hands with some flour? Well, in West End they have a handy pre-made bundle of different types of fudge and cake mixes this Christmas! Be sure to check out their range in-store, the photo gallery below was a selection that they had available in West End last week!
Updated Location Map and Table for Reframing Waste this Christmas:
Like the sound of all these places we’ve been discussing the past few days? Here’s a bit of context in terms of where everyone is located across the Brisbane region and their business location details in table form.
|The Source Bulk Foods - West End||The Source Bulk Foods West End, The Stores, 404 Montague Rd, West End QLD 4101, Australia|
|Mick's Nut Shop||31 Hardgrave Rd, West End QLD 4101, Australia|
|The Green Grocer||144 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia|
|Food Connect||1/8 Textile Cres, Salisbury QLD 4107, Australia|
|People's Market - Hope on Boundary Cafe||170 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia|
|Jan Powers Farmer's Market - Manly||Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD 4179, Australia|
|Jan Powers Farmer's Market - The Brisbane Powerhouse||119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia|
|Northey Street Organic Market||16 Victoria St, Windsor QLD 4030, Australia|
|Brisbane City Markets||Cathedral Square, Queensland, Australia|
|Brisbane City Markets||Reddacliff Place, Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000|
|Davies Park Market||Montague Rd & Jane Street, West End QLD 4101, Australia|
|Brisbane Marketplace||250 Sherwood Rd, Rocklea QLD 4106, Australia|
|McWhirters Australian Red Cross||Shop 245, McWhirters Shopping Centre, 298/312 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006|
|Thrift Shop & Eternity Boutique||16 Windsor Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059, Australia|
|Vinnies Mt Gravatt||1480 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122|
|This and That Thrift Shop||4 Selborne St, Mount Gravatt East QLD 4122, Australia|
|Vinnies Corinda||645 Oxley Rd, Corinda QLD 4075, Australia|
|The Refreshed Shop||982 Moggill Rd, Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia|
|Salvos Stores Archerfield||4/17 Boniface St, Archerfield QLD 4108, Australia|
|Reverse Garbage - Woolloongabba||20 Burke St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia|
|Salvos Stores Sinnamon Park||532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Sinnamon Park QLD 4073, Australia|
|Salvos Stores Moorooka||143 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105|
|Lifeline Shop (Moorooka)||2/139 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105, Australia|
|RSPCA Op Shop Moorooka||485 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105, Australia|
|Asthma Foundation Annerley Op Shop||439 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia|
|Save the Children Op Shop - Annerley||518 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia|
|Lifeline Shop Annerley (Vintage Revival)||468 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia|
|Yesterdays Thrift Shop Annerley||474 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia|
|Yesterdays Thrift Shop Indooroopilly||20 Station Rd, Indooroopilly QLD 4068|
|Yesterdays Thrift Shop Paddington||39 Nash St, Paddington QLD 4064, Australia|
|Yeronga Anglican Op shop||2/451 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga QLD 4104, Australia|
|Graceville Uniting Church||215 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075, Australia|
|Salvos Stores - Sherwood||450 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia|
|Australian Red Cross Sherwood||669 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia|
|RSPCA Sherwood Op Shop||RSPCA Sherwood Op Shop, 637 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia|
|Steeple Op Shop||215 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075, Australia|
|Lifeline Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre||Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Shop 14/180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield QLD 4103|
|Vinnies West End||381 Montague Road, South Brisbane Queensland 4101|
|St Veronica's Thrift Shop||89 Hardgrave Road, West End QLD, Australia|
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We hope today’s post has provided you with some ideas to check out for your Christmas hamper, Secret Santa pressies and even items to feature for your Christmas spread! Do you have any places that you know of to get some great foodie pressies or groceries for Christmas festivities? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the map and table.