Markets moved and thriving

Bridget Ryan and Tash Jackson moved the markets to the Railway Precinct in March 2021. Pictures: JESS BAKER

By Jess Baker

The Granite Belt Farmers Market may have shifted locations, but its fruit and vegetables are as fresh as ever and the organisers the same friendly people that have served Stanthorpe for the last five years.

Locals and visitors will now found the market at the Railway Precinct every Friday between 8am and 1pm.

All produce, including certified organic lamb and beef and fruit and vegetables, is locally sourced and available at the new location.

Market organiser Tash Jackson said the market’s move had been great for business.

“It’s really good and having this big roof is amazing … and onsite parking,” Tash said.

“The move has been really positive. We get a lot of support locally so that’s really great.”

Tash said the market’s regular customers followed the market from the Farley Street Piazza to its new location, and had drawn more tourists and first-time customers.

The move also attracted new vendors, including chef Helen Turrisi who now sells dessert cakes, gourmet vegetarian meals and other ‘chef-inspired’ foods at the weekly market.

“I’m a chef by trade and I’ve had a commercial kitchen,” Helen said.

“I used to supply restaurants. I don’t do that now.

“I’m semi-retired so just still enjoy my passion and just love doing what I do.”

Helen said she only uses top-end, certified organic product in her cooking so as to “stay with the theme” of the market.

Some would remember Helen’s gourmet cakes from her stalls at other local markets years ago.

To support the Granite Belt Farmers Market, visit its new location at the Stanthorpe Railway Precinct on Friday mornings and purchase top-quality local fresh produce, meat, flowers, coffee and gourmet treats.