Community in the Bayside - Featuring 'The Small Crop'

Updated: Mar 30, 2021

With Annalee Beckman

As an expat single mother of two young children, community is everything to me.  With the absence of physical family support and after going through separation in 2019 while also facing homelessness, I was reminded of the importance of community and the power of the THREE C’s- connection, conversation, and coffee. 

The Small Crop in Wynnum, QLD is one of those very unique businesses which truly embodies the spirit of community.  The owners of The Small Crop, Toby and Kate Birtwhistle are such unique small business owners; they truly take the time to listen and make it a point of getting to know their clientele.  I always feel welcomed and know that I will be treated as an individual and cared for in the most beautiful way.  In fact, every single individual working at The Small Crop is like family and it always feels like I am walking onto an episode of Cheers, but instead of ordering a beer I am ordering a coffee and a delicious, healthy salad whilst engaging in great conversation!  

The Small Crop in Wynnum, QLD is one of those very unique businesses which truly embodies the spirit of community

Our local businesses are so vital to our daily lives and routines and it is during tragedy and upheaval that we are often reminded of the simple pleasures of life and the power of connection.  During COVID 19 The Small Crop continued to support the community by quickly adapting and offered healthy, ready-made meals at a very affordable price point.  They also reached out to other local businesses to offer their support and of course took the time to listen to their customers during such challenging times.  

The Small Crop offers an incredible selection of salads, hand-made baked items, savoury pies, frittatas, coffee, cheeses, and preserves.  The focus is on quality, locally sourced, fresh and seasonal.  They also have options for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian and offer corporate and event catering along with cakes made to order.    

The Small Crop hosts a gorgeous Market Day on Wednesdays and the fruit and vegetables supplied by Sandy Creek Gourmet Produce are from a variety of farms and are the highest quality.  This weekly market is something my children and I look forward to every Wednesday morning, just before school drop off.  They love getting their croissants and enjoy picking nutritious, quality fruit and veg while I sip on a delicious flat white.  Of course, I always look forward to seeing the same people and it truly feels like a place of community and love. 

You can also submit your fruit and veg orders to Sandy Creek at the beginning of the week  and they offer the option for pick-up or delivery. 

Inside The Small Crop you will also find a gorgeous range of artisanal breads and croissants from Brasserie Bread.

Every fortnight, Piggy in the Middle makes an appearance and they feature a lovely range of high-quality ethical meat.  The next visit by Piggy in the Middle will be on 29 July 2020.

For more updates, check out The Small Crop Market- Wynnum Facebook page here:

For Sandy Creek Gourmet Produce and their other Brisbane market locations:

Currently, The Small Crop is open for trading from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, but Wednesday it opens at 8 am alongside the market.  On Saturday it is open from 10 am to 2 pm.  The Small Crop currently functions as takeaway only, but will eventually offer dine in again, once the COVID 19 restrictions ease up.  

Email any catering or cake orders to, check out their website at, or give them a ring on 0422 078 514.  The Small Crop is located at Shop 1, 210 West Ave., Wynnum, QLD 4178. 

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Annalee is a Brisbane based Portrait Photographer, Dance Instructor, Single Mum of 2, American Expat, and Lover of all things Creative.

She is very excited to collaborate with Parent Like You and through her imagery and storytelling she hopes to help connect, inspire, and empower parents worldwide. Annalee’s background in the Liberal and Performing Arts, alongside her work in the travel industry, provides her with a unique, fresh, and creative perspective for her photography. She specialises in Personal Branding, Lifestyle, Fashion, and Dance photography.

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