The Gap Farmers’ Market Closes Its Door For Good

Sad news for the weekend regulars. After almost four years, The Gap Farmers’ Market has permanently closed.

The market organisers blame the tough economic environment, which has led them to shut down the market. The family-friendly community market is held every Sunday at Hilder Road State School.

Offering local produce from local farmers, the market really did start off well. However, the organisers had a hard time keeping it up for years due to the economic changes. They have observed that most people have been budgeting very carefully, hence affecting their sales and the market overall.

They also blame the huge supermarket chains around the area that can keep their prices low.

Still, the organisers are still determined to continue the popular Sunset Sounds music festival this year. The festival had a successful run last December.

Related article: Enjoy Good Music & Local Produce At The Gap Sunlit Sounds Festival

Sunlit Sounds Festival to be Held at The Gap Farmers’ Market; New Changes Welcome Visitors

The Gap Farmers’ Market continues to enhance life in the suburbs by bringing the Sunlit Sounds Festival to Brisbane on Sunday, 25 June. Scheduled to bring an afternoon of creativity and entertainment, the event will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hilder Road State School in The Gap to honour Brisbane’s diverse striped sunlight sounds.


The Market and the Festival

The Farmers’ Market, as an initiative of The Gap Residents Association (GAPRA), a non-profit organisation, supports a number of causes and values. Their regular markets will be paying for the performance fees for the event for three years, a value totalling $25,000. They will also contribute much-needed funds for Hilder Road State School and Micah Projects. The upcoming festival also has a line-up of professional volunteers who will serve as the media manager, graphic designer, accountant, lawyer, and music coordinator for the event.

Photo credit: Sunlit Sounds Festival / Facebook


The list of performers include:


A Creative Hub

The Sunlit Sounds Festival is also the artists’ way of bringing together inner west suburbs such as Ashgrove and The Gap. These suburbs have been growing rapidly with a growing number of creative hubs that have plenty of sound and film studios set up from home, which has caught the attention of the artists.

Ben Ely of Regurgitator lives in Ashgrove. He says that the housing affordability and the constant socio-cultural changes in these suburbs are paving the way for more creative souls to come out. This, in turn, helps The Gap evolve into a suburb brimming with creativity and culture.

Tim Steward of Screamfeeder also noticed this trend. Tim lives in The Gap. He compared the cultural undercurrents rippling out from West End to Manhattan Island in New York City.

He said that wealthy people move to artistic areas to “absorb some cool, by osmosis” but fail. Instead, the wealthy folks attract similar people into the area, eventually changing the nature of the suburb, turning it inside out and making it a wealthy suburb. This then drives the artists away due to the higher housing prices. Another cycle then begins, when these displaced artists look for other suburbs to live in, set in a new artistic feel in the suburb and so on.

Mr Steward also mentioned that The Gap is less expensive than other nearby suburbs such as Bardon and Red Hill. He wishes that it will stay this way in the suburb for a while longer.


Changes To the Market

The Gap Farmers’ Market has also made some changes. They have moved to a place with a more relaxed vibe, under the shade of trees which provides a fresh canopy for a batch of new stallholders:

Photo credit: The Gap Farmers’ Market / Facebook
  • Liam the Farmer from Lot 81 Microfarm
  • Gourmet Crispy Potato Cakes
  • Marcus from Amalua Farm
  • Hetty’s Juices

They will also be welcoming new musicians from the Jazz Music Institute, The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and local talents to entertain the crowd whilst shopping.

Follow their schedule updates on their Facebook page and their event page.

The Gap Farmers’ Market Continues to Enhance Life in the Suburb

Sundays are best spent at the Gap Farmers’ Market. This family-friendly community market is held on the grounds of Hilder Road State School every Sunday from 6:30 a.m. until midday. Locals wake up early to stock up their pantry with the market’s local produce and gourmet items. Breakfast is also readily available from the various food stalls on the market grounds.

Photo credit: The Gap Farmers’ Market / Facebook

The Gap Farmer’s Market always has the freshest produce grown by local farmers. Aside from these fresh fruits and vegetables, the market has almost everything! The goods run the gamut from baked treats, a wide range of soaps, Himalayan salt lamps, fresh flowers, fresh spices and even an on-site blacksmith!

Photo credit: Facebook / The Gap Farmers’ Markets

If you get tired of walking around, you can head for the nearest hay bale and grab a cup of joe. There are also a line of marquees where you can rest your feet while enjoying the market’s live entertainment.




Photo credit: The Gap Farmers’ Markets / Facebook


The market is the perfect place to be for those weekend cheat days. Craving Asian food? Try the steamed dumplings. Fancy savoury food? Check out some delicious goat pies and German sausages. Parched? Freshly squeezed juices are the answer.

Kids will enjoy the built-in playground and the petting zoo so it’s definitely a family Sunday at the market whenever you go.

The Gap Farmers’ Market is an initiative of The Gap Residents Association (GAPRA), a non-profit organisation that is committed to promote living in the suburbs and supporting regional agriculture.