Earthy Goodness at Crystal Waters Village Market

The Crystal Waters Village market in Conondale (up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland), has an earthy community vibe that is quite different to the usual scene of Brisbane farmers markets.  Set up on the green, of the Eco Permaculture village,  these markets offer plenty of lifestyle stalls centered around wellness, massage and yoga.

The markets are fairly small and relaxed but there is a solid collection of local food available. It was a perfect Saturday morning stop over on our way to the Charlie Moorland Campground.

The sourdough bakery at Crystal Waters - all the bread is baked on the premises, in the wood fire oven you can see in the background.

Les & Lesley operate a  sour dough bakery at Crystal Waters. All the sourdough is hand mixed, using organic stone-ground flour, filtered river water and sea salt.  This is a micro-bakery by choice, Les is not interested in expansion, preferring to keep his product  local to maintain a real connection with  the community.

The sourdough bakery had a steady queue of customers all morning, so I didn’t get to chat for long. I found a pretty comprehensive article about the bakery (written in 2001 but I guess not much has changed in 9 years) which gives a good insight into their baking process and principles.

I bought a sour dough baguette for $3.50 which I later served up at the campsite with a platter of pesto, Kenilworth cheese and fresh tomato.

Tumeric grown at the village - love the vibrant colour.

The Naked Carrot stall, had a great variety of fresh produce, grown on Jim’s farm just around the corner on Aherns Road.  I loved the  photo’s and map of the farm on display , this really takes knowing the provenance of your food to a new level. Jim also sells his produce at the Noosa Farmer’s markets & Arthur Street Markets on Sundays and the Witta Farmers Market every 3rd Saturday.

The Naked Carrot fresh produce stall

Max & Trudi Lindegger, harvest honey from Crystal Waters bees. The raw honey has a distinct taste and smell that reminds me of summers spent at my Grandparents house in the Hills of Kalamunda, Perth.  Dry heat, insects humming in the background and a sweet smell of flowering eucalyptus in the air.

We grabbed a bag of pecan nuts still in the shell, this is the perfect camping snack to keep you occupied while chatting around the fire.  I ended up using the left over nuts to make some awesome muesli bars (I’ll save that recipe for a future post! ).

Bags of pecan nuts and raw honey on sale with tasting of both available, although the owners insisted we dip the pecan in the honey, for the full experience.

I bought a 1/2 doz eggs from a stall and was told these eggs came from a young girl, who is a resident of the village. She looks after neglected or unwanted chooks from the area and sells their eggs for a bit of pocket money. Who could resist such a cute enterprise!

These markets are all about keeping it local and natural. The location is beautiful and there is so much to see in nearby Maleny and Kenilworth to fill up a day or a weekend.

Useful stuff to know

  1. Crystal Waters Village Markets are held on the 1st Saturday of the Month from 8am – 1pm on the green. 65 Kilcoy Lane, Conondale, Queensland.
  2. Crystal Water Sourdough bakery bread is available at a few locations in Maleny, Kenilworth and the surrounding district but remains a  true micro bakery
  3. There is a car park on the premises that fills up quickly, otherwise you can park on the side of Kilcoy Lane.

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