I had always thought the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea were too far away to be of any value to me. But recently, I happened to walk down Sherwood Road from Sherwood railway station and the markets were about fifteen minutes away!
We went back on a Saturday morning to the Farmers Markets and managed to fill my trolley-walker and another two green bags full for $40! Most of our fresh fruit and vegetables were only $2 a kilo (mandarins, bananas, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes and so on) and we managed to get some $1.50 bargain bags of things like lemons and mushrooms. All fresh, and exactly the same as in the greengrocer. Our greengrocer actually shops at these markets!
Flowers were a steal with a large bunch of oriental lillies for $5, or gorgeous sunflowers for $10.
Entry to the markets is $1 per pedestrian, or $3 for a carpark (including entry).
There is also public access to the wholesale side of Brisbane Markets on Thursdays and Fridays for a few hours in the morning. This would be cheaper again! Find out more at http://www.brisbanemarkets.com.au/cms/
We estimate a saving of at least $30 in that one trip, and have worked out that it is cheaper for us to walk to these markets once a fortnight and catch a taxi home, than it would be to maintain our current shopping at the local greengrocer.
There is a large selection of vendors here, so you really don't have to worry about trying to get a discount - everything is already at near wholesale prices.