Home Grown stall holder Louisa Janke at the Sunset Markets in the Top of Town.
Home Grown stall holder Louisa Janke at the Sunset Markets in the Top of Town. David Nielsen

Business is growing at markets

A HOME GROWN stall at the recently launched Sunset Markets features a treasure trove of fresh produce sourced from Ipswich's gardens and nearby farms.

Organiser Louisa Janke, from Top of Town shop Serendipity, said the stall was aimed at promoting Ipswich's kitchen gardening community and improving sustainability.

"We're very interested in sustainable options, and many gardeners often end up with an adundance of one plant in their gardens - and there's only so much basil or rosemary you can eat," she laughed.

"The table allows kitchen gardeners to sell and swap their produce, and I think swapping with other gardeners who might have too much of something else works very well.

"If you have an abundance of pickles or jam, flowers or eggs, or vegetables, you are able to swap it for something you need.

"The stall also sells produce from local farms, from Peak Crossing for example."

Ms Janke said the response to the stall over the first two weeks of the markets had been great.

"People are really positive about the idea," Ms Janke said.

"I think the kitchen gardening movement is getting very big at the moment, and there's definitely a strong following in Ipswich."

Kitchen gardening is part of a wider sustainability movement and is aimed at improving self-sufficiency and the sourcing of local produce.

"The stall offers a selection of seasonal, local and fresh produce, and what's there is always a surprise," Ms Janke said.

"Last Friday we had pumpkins, herbs, greens, carrots, nuts and organic fruit, and it will change every week depending on what people have an excess off and what's in season."

To find out more about the Sunset Markets or the Home Grown stall, search for "The Sunset Markets" on Facebook, email shopserendipity@optusnet.com.au or phone Louisa on 0403 597 479.

 

SUNSET SHOPPING

Sunset Markets are now hosted in the Top of Town every Friday evening.

Market stalls line Brisbane and Ellenborough Sts and sell fresh produce, handmade items and other products.

The markets run from 3pm to 7pm.



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