Feeling a bit run down from the steady diet of 2 minute noodles and goon? Finding it a bit more difficult to get out of your dorm bed in the morning? Instead of grabbing a Red Bull for an energy boost, why not take a trip to Rusty's Markets this weekend and stock up on some fruit and vegetables. Rusty's Markets is a favorite among locals for offering the best fresh produce from the surrounding areas sold direct from the farmers themselves.
It's the best way to treat yourself to the freshest fruits and vegetables at less than half the price of a visit to the supermarket. You can find some awesome deals or maybe even discover some tropical fruits that you didn't even know existed. Why not pick up the ingredients for an easy stir fry. Some fresh basil, a little chilli and garlic, a tomato, some snow peas, a bit of courgette, some carrot, and onion... whatever veggies strike your fancy.
While picking up these ingredients you can explore the rest of Rusty's markets. Besides locally grown fruit and veg, this is a showcase of other locally produced items like breads, honeys, and even wine.
Cairns locals and visitors can also enjoy browsing through stalls from local artists selling arts and crafts. These items can serve as unique souvenirs that definitely won't cost too much to feel guilty about later. Rusty's Markets are open every Friday, Saturday 5am - 6pm and Sunday from 5am – 3pm and boast savings of 33% on supermarket prices!
As well as great shopping you will also find great entertainment with different artists performing live in the markets each week. Why not grab a freshly opened coconut or freshly squeezed cane juice and kick back for a free show?
So don't let the cheap price of instant noodles fool you. You could be enjoying a delicious stir fry of locally grown vegetables for less than the cost of a packet of noodles and a can of Red Bull. Or if cooking is not your game then why not treat yourself to a ready made sushi roll, samosa, dim sim or pastry – freshly made that day from one of the food vendors.
Explore some of Cairns finest local producers at Rusty's Markets - in their own words - Taste the Tropics, enjoy live music, a relaxing massage and get some great bargains while you're at it!