You can tackle this guide as day-trips or if you want to stop and savour the experiences for a little longer turn it into the ultimate local produce and farm gate itinerary.
So grab a jumper, hat, comfortable walking shoes and take the Bruce Highway north out of Brisbane towards the Sunshine Coast. Oh and don’t forget the cash, few Farm Gates have eftpos facilities and most are in rural settings.
If you're a lover of local produce (tick) and picnics in breathtaking settings (tick tick), then be sure to grab yourself a gourmet grazing box filled with a range of seasonal, fresh and delicious produce from local suppliers.
The friendly team at Graze will be able to point you in the direction of some epic hinterland picnic spots, or if you want to make your picnic a little more special (and/or romantic), then get them to set up a styled picnic for you. That means all you have to do is arrive, enjoy the scrumptious local produce (and soak in the views) and leave.
Enjoy a day out in the winter sun at one of the ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberry Farm Gate Experiences located in the Moreton Bay Region, just minutes from the Caboolture turn-off.
A small family owned working strawberry farm, Rolin Farms offers a ‘Pick Your Own’ experience (from June till October) coupled with a wonderful selection of strawberry inspired goodies, such as farm made strawberry jams and blended ‘real fruit’ strawberry ice-creams #yum.
If you have a newfound love for indoor plants, Strawberry Farmer Rob has a passion for orchids, with plants his lovingly propagated available for purchase onsite.
Strawberries may be the ‘hero’ at LuvaBerry, but there is so much more fresh produce on offer from finger limes, fresh herbs, passionfruit to locally made chutney, goats cheese and Australian Native Bee Honey.
You'll fall in-love with the berry-delicious range owner Mandy who has developed a range of delicious strawberry-inspired goodies including freeze-dried and frozen berry products as well as berry dusts and chocolate bars.
Be sure to add a few products to the shopping cart when you book your ‘Pick Your Own’ experience (June till October) or Farm Tour, you won’t be disappointed! Bookings are essential. Book here.
Explore the culinary herb farm of Basilea Living Herbs, where farmer Sarah not only grows delicious gourmet herbs, salad mustards and spinach greens, but also edible flowers! Best of all, Sarah hosts a Basilea Open Farm Day once a month, providing the public an opportunity to visit her farm and purchase from her diverse range of edible plants.
Open: Every 3rd Saturday of the month 8am to 1pm
Heading up to the hinterland, be sure to take the scenic drive to Mount Mee via Campbells Pocket Road, stopping along the way to purchase some unique local farm produce.
Like a goat, you’ll be heading ‘off the beaten track’ to visit the Farm Gate Stall of Little White Goats Cheese. 100% Australian Made by farmer Karen, this Persian Fetta is loved by local chefs and is delicious when paired with berry products or finger limes from LuvaBerry.
Besides goats cheese, you can also purchase handmade goat soaps by Karen’s granddaughter, along with a variety of local seasonal fruit and vegetables, such as bananas, pineapple and sweet potato from their Farm Gate Stall (cash-only).
For a culinary experience out of the ordinary, check out Little White Goats Cheese premium - ‘Freeze Dried Feta’. This world-first product is not available for purchase from the Farm Gate but can be pre-purchased via the website.
Special note: Visitors are not permitted into growing areas or to visit the goats.
Nourish your body with gourmet salad from the Blue Dog Farm Stall. Pull over on your way to Dayboro and purchase a bag of Farmer Jackie’s tastiest greens, along with other seasonal produce, such as mouse melons! All produce is organic, with the garden tended by Jackie’s loving hands.
A great believe in collaboration and supply of quality ethical product to the community, Farmer Jackie developed the Dayboro Reko Ring, which is essentially an online farmers market for producers to sell directly to customers. Anyone is welcome to purchase details here.
Open: 6 days from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am till 5pm
One of the region's pioneers of local produce, is Ocean View Estates, where Head Chef Joel Grudnoff is passionate about supporting local producers and showcasing the freshest ingredients, including produce from the estate’s own orchard and vegetable gardens.
Enhance your experience by booking a ‘Behind the Scenes’ Vineyard & Winery tour, which includes Ocean View Estates wine tastings. Be sure to visit cellar door before heading home, to purchase one of the award winning wines, hand crafter by Chief Winemaker Thomas Honnef.
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