Churchill Island Historic Working Farm & Farmers Market

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Posted 2013-03-24 by Lorraine Afollow

Churchill Island is situated just off Phillip Island , accessed via Newhaven, and is a lovely day trip from the city.
We took a picnic and met some friends there. We were lucky enough to be there on the same day as the Churchill Island Farmers Market.

The farmers market has about 40 stalls in total which has a good selection of fresh local produce. We stocked up on apples, pop corn and plants.

I enjoy shopping at farmers markets and I love the connection of 'grower to consumer' . This fosters community spirit and an appreciation for the environment from which the food is produced. It helps support the local economy by creating better returns for the grower and excellent value for the customer.

The farmers market is on every 4th Saturday of the month from 8am-1pm.

After visiting the market we entered the Churchill visitor information centre, there we purchased our entry tickets whilst our friends got a coffee from the cafe and our children looked at puzzles in the gift shop.

With an array of things to see and do on the Island we started with the animals. Daily activities and times include:
11.00am cow milking
1.00pm wagon rides
2.10pm cow milking
2.30pm blacksmith demonstration
3.00pm working dogs demonstration
3.15pm sheep shearing
3.30pm whip cracking

Our children's favourite activity was hand feeding the animals that ranged from lambs, chicks, ducklings, calves and so on.

After our picnic lunch on the lawns overlooking Western Port, we looked at the historic house and out buildings, which still contains original furniture and fittings. The house is exactly as it would have been in the early 19th century and is open for viewing.

The History of Churchill Island ;
Lt James Grant disembarked from the Lady Nelson in 1801 and named the Island after the man who had given him seeds that he planted, making Churchill Island the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria.

Since the 1850's the island has been continuously farmed. In 1872 Samuel Amess, a former Mayor of Melbourne, purchased the Island for both holiday and farming use. He built a substantial house that still stands today.

There are 3 walking tracks on the Island including a 4.5 km loop, North point walk 2 km and a wetland walk 1km.
Churchill Island is 57 hectares in total and has word class wetlands, heritage gardens and historic buildings.

We had a great time on the Island and I would definitely recommend a trip to Phillip and Churchill Islands.

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