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Look for locally grown watermelons at Rocklea

Perfect pink triangles piled high on a plate, the juice invariably running down fingers and chins with each refreshing bite. Watermelon is a staple of the Queensland diet, whether enjoyed as a thirst-quenching treat at the beach or while lazing poolside, or devoured in a chilled juice or popsicle form. more

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The Grocer: Beluga Lentils

Anyone who has been to uni will recall the days of cheap eats, when instant noodles and lentils formed the basis of a no-frills diet. But, oh, what fun you can have with lentils. Toss them in salads, make a large pot of dahl that will last for a week or throw them in soups. more

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Brisbane Farmers Market comes to Cannon Hill

The Noosa Farmers Market is one of our must-stops when visiting the Sunshine Coast. So we’re smitten that organiser Shane Stanley is bringing his quality-tuned eye to Brisbane, founding the Brisbane Farmers Market at Cannon Hill. A new Sunday farmers market to add to your weekend itinerary, the Brisbane Farmers Market will pop up on the corner of Creek and Wynnum Roads in Cannon Hill each Sunday from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. Showcasing the region’s finest and freshest local produce and homemade products, the market will see organic produce, preserves, nuts and seeds, olives and tapenades, seafood, bread and cheeses converge at the East Village site. You can find a list of the weekly traders here. more

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The Grocer: Incaberry

Just when we thought the last of the superfood berries had been plucked from its unwitting branch, whisperings of the incaberry began filling the cafes and grocers of our health-conscious city. more

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Learn the truth about palm oil

Strewn through 40% of the products lining Australian supermarket shelves, palm oil is directly linked to the illegal destruction of rainforest and the inhumane treatment of orangutans in Southeast Asia. Found in food products, cosmetics, shampoo, washing detergents and toothpaste, palm oil isn’t regulated in Australian household products, often listed simply as vegetable oil. more

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Get friendly at the Community Crop Swap in Woodridge

Online food gardening community, Logan Food Gardeners is hosting its first Community Crop Swap this weekend. You can book a spot and set up your little patch to share your homegrown fruit and vegetables, homemade preserves, plants or baked goods, swapping and trading with other stallholders. Alternatively, if you wake upon Saturday morning to a dried-out rosemary bush or sad tomato plant, you can still attend the swap and simply purchase goods on the day. Held this Saturday March 29 from 9:00–11:00 am in Woodridge, the event will also see demonstrations of worm farming, growing micro greens, pH testing and alternative ways to make jam. And should all these backyard farmers get you inspired to start your own crop, there will be variety of vegetable seedlings available on the day. The avid gardening group plans to continue to host the swap every two months. more

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New Julia’s Pantry settles into Kenmore

The scent of hot butter melting on the stove wafts through the air and plump homemade meringues greet your eyes as you enter Julia’s Pantry in Kenmore. Tucked in the busy corner pocket next to coffee connoisseurs The Single Guys, Julia’s Pantry is the namesake larder of Julia Matusik, focusing on fresh wholesome edibles and locally sourced cooking staples. more

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Ripe Near Me uncovers homegrown produce in your suburb

If you’ve been watching episodes of Better Homes and Gardens or flicking through the pages of a Little Veggie Patch Co. book, you may have an itch to establish your own edible plot of land in your backyard. While delving into urban agriculture or creating a backyard veggie patch may not be possible for every budding green thumb’s dwelling, luckily there’s a few folk out there who are plough-handy and willing to share their earth’s bounty. more

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Take up the challenge this Meat Free Week

Eat less, care more, feel good. Do you feel a smile tilting up at the corners of your mouth just reading those words? This is the driving force behind Meat Free Week – a national campaign that was founded by Lainie Bracher and Melissa Dixon in 2013 and will be held every March. more

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Be one with fellow locavores at 100 Mile Table

Secret supperclubs, long-table lunches in community gardens, pop-up picnics – the realm of community-minded eating is an ever-growing excitable affair. Celebrating provenance through locavore-style food and wine events, 100 Mile Table hosts lunches in unique locations from the Bangalow Guesthouse to a paddock, barn or private home. Using local, seasonal produce sourced from within 100 miles of wherever the event is held, creator Sarah Swan sets the table, pours the wine and cooks the nosh at these foodie events that encourage conversation around a shared table. Based in the hinterland of Byron Bay, Sarah finds the region is a constant source of inspiration for creating her clandestine feasts. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for upcoming events like the Mother’s Day Lunch at Coorabell Hall. more