On the drive back to Brisbane from the Lockyer Valley, be sure to stop at one of the large fruit barns well stocked with fresh, local produce.I find this hilarious. The large fruit barns source a lot of their produce from the Rocklea Markets, Brisbane's main fruit and vegie markets, where produce from all over Australia is sold.
One fruit barn was renowned amongst the locals for buying cheap boxes of almost-gone-to-god fruit and veg from Rocklea and re-selling it very, very cheaply. Fine if you have time to rummage through a tonne of almost rotten fruit.
If you want to do a fruit and veg run, find out when the local markets are on.
Fernvale markets are on every Sunday morning. Fresh produce, knick-knacks, gifts, trash and treasure, a huge variety of native and exotic plants, and sometimes some animals. If you are in Fernvale you MUST have a Fervale Bakery Pie, dear as poison and delicious.
Laidley markets are on the last Saturday morning in the month.
Mulgowie produce markets are on the first Saturday morning of the month.
Toowoomba has markets every Sunday I think.