Market in the city

Wednesdays have taken on a whole new meaning in Brisbane's city centre with Jan Power's Farmers Markets transforming the bridge end of the Queen St Mall.

Here's what’s new.

Fresh Hot Smoked
The delicious smell of wood smoke drifts over the market as the Original Hot Smokers prepare Tasmanian salmon freshly smoked on the spot to order, with dill, herb, parsley or chilli from father and son team, Campbell and Ian Green.

The Cheese Tent – All Queensland Softies
Macquarie Banker Carey Krause swaps his pin stripe suit for an apron on Wednesday to present a bunch of softies. The Cheese Tent has a great range of soft Queensland cheese from Kingaroy, Stewart River triple cream brie, and Bunya Black ash brie, and Barkers Creek camembert all running off the plate. The East Brisbane labna is to die for, with chilli and garlic, traditional or sumac.

Gold Coast Fishermans Coop
Straight off the boats at Main Beach, the fisher folk have a full range fresh seasonal fish and shellfish. Their best seller is a simple lunch or dinner size platter in a box, two oysters on the shell, six king prawns, one Moreton Bay Bug, old fashioned Marie Rose sauce and a wedge of lemon. At $10, they literally sell hundreds.

Dehydrated Dragon Fruit
Gorgeous ruby coloured disks of dried dragon fruit that looks great as a garnish on ice-cream, cakes or pastries. Dragon fruit tastes of raspberry, pineapple and rockmelon all at once according to Paul Atherinos of Mary Valley Fruit, who grows and dries them $4.50 for a bag.

Village Meats Rosalie
The best sellers at the moment according to Lyndsay Stephenson are slow cooking cuts for wintery casseroles and roasts, rabbits, beef cheeks and osso bucco.

Lyndsay says that Master Chef and Jamie Oliver’s new magazine have made a big impact on the business. “We now have seven year old boys coming in with their mums ordering cuts for dinner,” she said. “And when Jamie Oliver did a lamb shoulder on the bone, every butcher in town sold out in hours!”

Frugal Foods
Sue and Michael Brooks cook up a storm pre-prepared ready to eat meals with hearty, simple flavours and all under $10. Pea and ham and other homemade soups all $4.50, beef osso bucco, cottage pie, Asian twice cooked belly pork, to name a few mains all $9.50. Desserts include carrot cake and cape brandy pudding, $6.00.

Michael and Sue said that the meals, which can be delivered, are popular for busy people, the elderly and students, as well as office workers. “Many clients have them delivered to student children or elderly parents, so they know they are having at least, one good meal,” said Michael.