The Green Shed at Mt Tamborine gives you the opportunity to buy direct from local mountain growers. It is a non-profit market, set up by the Tamborine Mountain Local Producers Association Inc and is open every Sunday from 7am until noon. Top grade produce is a good enough reason to make the trip but you are also helping support local growers and thus, in a small way, keeping the unspoilt rural character of Mt Tamborine alive.
I have been meaning to make the trip to The Green Shed, early on a Sunday morning, for months. Preferring a lazy start to Sundays, getting out of bed for a 7am market usually requires the lure of a cooked breakfast. The perfect opportunity arose last weekend. After getting up at the crack of dawn, to drop my sister and her husband off at the Coolangatta airport, it was not beach weather so we took the scenic route back to Brisbane.
The produce in The Green Shed comes from a mix of large & small farms, as well as residential blocks on Mt Tamborine. The Shed itself is fairly small, with tables around the edge and a few in the middle. There was a one way current of people completing the circuit past all the tables, back to the checkout at the entrance. With a steady stream of customers, it is better to be early as the produce sells fast.
Produce availability is dependent on the seasons but you can view a harvest guide on The Green Shed website.
On the drive up, I love seeing the change in vegetation and you can noticeably feel the drop in temperature from the coast. The soil is vibrant orange , gorgeously volcanic and rich. Coupled with the cooler climate, Mt Tamborine is a superb environment for growing a huge range of fruit and vegetables.
I am working on a bit of a project at the moment (stay tuned late January) that is about being in rhythm with seasonal harvests and exploring landscape characteristics that impact production in the many diverse regional pockets that surround Brisbane.
Mt Tamborine is a treasure. I used to think this place was all cute gift shops and fudge stores but behind the main tourist drag, is extraordinary fertile land, full of small producers doing wonderful things with organic and sustainable farming practices.
If you want to make the most of your trip to The Green Shed, visit on the 2nd Sunday of the month and you will also see the show ground abuzz with the monthly Tamborine Mountain Art & Craft Market. The Green Shed is located at the show ground on Main Western Road, Mt Tamborine.
Provenance Shopping Basket
- 3 Black Sapote, Mt Tamborine, Queensland – $3.00
- 1 Bunch Rhubarb, Mt Tamborine, Queensland – $3.00
- 1 large Hass Avocado, Mt Tamborine, Queensland – $1.00
I have grand plans for my Black Sapote and rhubarb and can’t wait to show you my creations. I just have to wait a few more days for the Black Sapote to ripen.