Paddock To Plate

Byron Bay Farmers Markets & Coopers Shoot Tomatoes

The Byron Farmers Market began as a dream, an inspiration from local farmers, growers, environmentalists and families who wanted all the positive effects of a growers market in their area. 

Byron Farmers Markets
The Byron Farmers Market began as a dream, an inspiration from local farmers, growers, environmentalists and families who wanted all the positive effects of a growers market in their area. A lot of hard work over several years lobbying, liaising with council and market research and we have two very successful farmers markets at Byron Bay and Bangalow.

The Byron Farmers Market has been operating since December 2002 and with the success of Thursday market as encouragement, in July 2004 the Byron Farmers Market Association started a Farmers Market in the neighbouring town of Bangalow.

Our Farmers range from approximately 2 minutes to 40 minutes away from both markets and an independent auditor ensures all our members produce and products supplied to the markets are grown on their farm. We are a true authentic farmers market and our auditing program is in place to ensure our customers get fresh local produce at all times.

Byron Farmers Market is a Not for Profit entity that donates all our profit back to the community with pleasure.

The Byron Farmers Market, Byron Bay and Bangalow, is an exercise in not just fresh local food supply, it is about invigorating community, based around local sustainable agriculture. It is a place where people not only shop but meet every week , where tourists can mingle with locals,  where recipes are swapped, new exotic flavours tried, hints on successful gardening are shared and the surf , weather and local issues are discussed.

Local musicians, entertainers and artists have found an outlet for their talents at our markets as well. They have a schools program operating where they supply a wish list of school garden needs and we fill it, including seedlings, equipment, excursions, farmer talks, fundraising at the markets and a school stall.   

Produce available changes with the seasons, but staples which can be enjoyed year round include: sugar cane juice freshly juiced on site, macadamia nuts and products including oils spreads & muesli. fresh fish, prawns from Ballina river, prime cuts of beef, pork raised in the hills behind Byron and made into bacon & sausages by the farmer , Organically grown turkeys, chickens & their eggs, hand-picked Coffee, farm baked breads and pastries , olives, honey raw, creamed & in comb.

A range of condiments are available: including pesto, marinade, dressings, jams & chutneys.
Sprouted seeds & nuts add a healthy variety while wheat grass fresh & full of vitality is available As the weather goes through its changes so does the range of fabulous flowers, fruits, vegetables herbs & spices. Always fresh and always well priced.

The Byron Shire is a place of huge social diversity and the farmers market has a unique place in our unusual community. Any funds raised at the market are put straight back into the local community in the 35 charities we support. Weekly donations of top quality food are made to the Local Larder, who cooks for the needy & homeless, Byron youth services and our local musicians and artists. Regular donations are made to numerous causes as they arise. It has become a forum for ideas & petitions on environmental issues.  It is a place where community groups can share information and raise funds for vital local services.

We have an ever-growing group of customers from all walks of life who come together on Thursday & Saturday mornings for the farmer’s market experience. This is an experience which is satisfying for everyone, as farmers build relationships with the community , the way it used to be,  the benefits are an ever widening circle of improvement to life on the land and in the kitchens throughout Byron Shire & the North coast region.

We are very proud of Byron Farmers Market and the positive impact we have on our local community. 

Contact: Mike Stack 0414 728 487,

The Coopers Shoot property has been in the Armstrong family since 1882. Nestled in the hills between Byron Bay and Bangalow in northern New South Wales, Australia, Originally the property was set up as a dairy operation supplying butter to England and cream to the nearby Norco milk factory. As the dairy industry waned in the 1960`s, production switched to beef on their 200 acres of rolling pasture. Hugh and Heather, the 5th generation of their family started managing the property in 1998 and introduced horticultural production into the farming operations.

In 2002, the Byron Bay farmers market commenced operations, and this saw the Armstrong`s switch to solely selling there fresh vegetables at local produce market.

This gave them the opportunity to interact with their consumers directly. Coopers Shoot Tomatoes grows a selection of gourmet vine ripened tomatoes, leading the way at the markets for taste, variety and flavour. Hence out Slogan "Taste The Difference".

They grow a range of Tomato varieties including;

Gourmet Truss - most popular variety, a versatile tomato great for salads and cooking.

Romeo Roma - Low acidity, sweet, great for bruschetta.

Beefsteak - with a pink Fleshy texture this tomatoes comes from the heirloom varieties. It works well cut into thick steaks and served on burgers. Expect a succulent, delicious flavour.

Oxheart - A rich, ruby red variety that is full of flavour.

Montenegro (Green Spanish Tomato) - Eat this one green ! Crispy like an apple, Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.

Conchitta - Truss Cherry Tomatoes. Sweet and bite size, Eat them as a snack straight of the vine or roast them whole for bursts of flavour.

Other produce includes Baby Eggplant, Tri Colour Capsicums, Mini Cucumbers, Beetroot, Shallots

They are continually planting new varieties to add to the already large selection of delicious tomatoes. The best way to discover all these little treats is come and see them at one of the local farmers markets. Byron Bay, Bangalow, Mullumbimby, New Brighten and Lismore (Magellan St)

Grow Your Own Tomato Tips

• Full sun; ie, 8 hours direct sunlight daily
• Deep, free-draining, fertile soil
• Consistent moisture
• Regular feeding
• Shelter from strong winds
• Support of a stake (sometimes)

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