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What are the Alternatives to the Coles and Woolworths Duopoly?

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Nutritionist & Life Coach Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published July 11th 2012
This is what farming looks like

We keep hearing about Coles and Woolworths holding our producers to ransom and now we hear that 5-10% of their revenue comes from pokie machines. Woolworths were recently forced to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting by shareholders concerned over the issue of where their revenue is coming from, though they managed to stall it.

So, sick of filling the pockets of big business? Don't know how to help out our primary producers? Well you can go and pick your own fruit or you can get out and buy direct from the producers and small businesses at one of your local markets. There are literally hundreds of them around the Greater Melbourne Area and prices are usually better than what you'll get at your local McFranchise supermarket. For a small smattering of these markets see below:

CBD & Inner City
Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
South Melbourne Market, cnr Cecil and Coventry Streets South Melbourne
Gasworks, Albert Park

Preston Market, 30 The Centreway, Preston
Psarakos Market, 2 Clarendon St, Thornbury
Preston Farmers Market, Cnr Scotia St and Oakover Rd, Preston
Collingwood Childrens Farmers Market
CERES Community Environment Park, Organic Market & Shop, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East
Slow Food, Abbortsford

South (eastish)
Kingston Farmers Market, Sir William Fry Reserve, Cnr Nepean Hwy & Bay Rd, Highett
Red Hill Farmers Market, Red Hill Consolidated School
Pakenham Rotary Farmers Market, next to the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Lakeside - /
Springvale Market, 58 Buckingham Ave, Springvale
Mornington Racecourse Market
Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Dandenong Market, Cnr Clow and Cleveland Streets, Dandenong
Akoonah Park Market, Berwick

Yarra Valley Farmers Market, Yering Station,
Caulfield Farmers Market, Cnr Booran and Neerim Roads, Caulfield
Mulgrave Farmers Market, Corner Jacksons & Wellington Roads, Mulgrave
Monash Farmers Market, Monash University, Clayton Campus
Carribean Gardens Market, 1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby
Jells Park Farmers Market, Jells Park South
Boroondara Farmers Market, Patterson Reserve, Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East
Kingsbury Drive Community Market, Latrobe University, Bundoora Campus
Warrandyte Market, Stiggants Reserve, Warrandyte

Footscray Market, Cnr Leeds & Hopkins Streets, Footscray
Yarraville Farmers Market (every 4th Saturday) Cnr Hyde & Somerville Rd, Yarrville
Spotswood Primary School Farmers Market (1st Saturday), Melbourne Rd, Spotswood
Williamstown Farmers Market, Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown
Showgrounds Farmers Market Federation Hall, Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale

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Too busy to go to the market or there isn't one close to you? Then take the mountain to Mohammed and shop online:
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Hi Robert,
thanks for this shall try Boorondara Farmer's Market.
Great research by the way.
I recently wrote an article on Aldi with a similar premise. That we don't have to feel cornered by the big two.

Regards Nadine.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6087) 3593 days ago
Dont buy bread from Coles as recently Jeff Kennett said that Coles imported 6000 containers of half cooked frozen bread from Ireland, then proceed to bake it and sell it as their own ....
by iangi (score: 0|3) 3596 days ago
Maintain the rage people! LaTrobe Market in Kingsbury is very very good. If you get there towards closing time you can pick up some last-minute bargains - discounted fruit n veg. There is an avocado man there whose avo's taste lovely. Nothing like the bland ones in Coles & Safeway.
by caz13 (score: 2|159) 3595 days ago
IGA are a good alternative to Coles and Woolies and they donate a percentage to charity
by nandk (score: 0|2) 3594 days ago
You can get alot of guaranteed australian owned & grown products delivered to your door with Aussie Farmers Direct. They quality is great & prices too. i have used them for years and found them great. I recently tried their beef & lamb roasts and it was the best meat I probably have ever gooded for flavour & tenderness. I highly recommend Aussie Farmers Direct. You can order online or by phone.
by psalm (score: 0|6) 3594 days ago
La Manna at Essendon Fields, a joy to shop there. Staff more than helpful & will come up to you when they think you can't find what your're looking for. They also play great music & people bounce around with their trolleys. Seniors get 5% discount during the week. Love their fruit & vegies.
by bever (score: 0|2) 3594 days ago
Your local IGA, butcher and green grocer. Local outdoor markets and farmer's markets that are in most areas on a monthly basis. The fruit and vegetables are max. 24 hours old AND KEEP FOR much longer in your fridge.Buy fresh fish from a fish-monger in a market near you which is NOT imported from over-fished areas of the Pacific ocean, but caught locally.Victoria market is the best place for this.
by graje (score: 1|13) 3591 days ago
I buy my fruit and veg from Aussie Farmers Direct, an online "grocers". They also deliver milk, bread, meat and fish, and other items. I know that the farmers/suppliers are benefiting as all the Aussie Farmers products are 100% Australian owned and made. Jobs in Australia for Australians!!
by kerry (score: 1|52) 3591 days ago
Love this list, thank you.
by theki (score: 0|5) 3589 days ago

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