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Published December 12th 2015
Update December 14th 2016
Update - this market is closed, however you can see many of the stallholders at the Farmers and Foodies Market (Friday evenings at the Old Bus Depot, Kingston). 2016
Buy organic & chemical free produce at the Botanical Gardens
The Eat Local Friday Farmers Market is held at the Australian National Botanical Gardens every Friday between 1:30pm and 7pm. The markets are run by the Eat Local Movement who promote markets with chemical and gmo-free produce sourced from local producers. Growers and traders of fresh produce hail from the Canberra Region as well as the Riverina and Southern NSW. Enjoy a range of quality, farm fresh foods only minutes from the city CBD.
Source: Eat Local Friday Facebook
At Eat Local Friday Farmers Market you can chat to the growers directly and learn more about where your food has come from. Eat seasonal produce in season and enjoy the variety of choices all in the one market. All meat sold comes from animals that have lived in paddocks, not sheds. Eggs are laid by happy hens, running free-range in paddocks. Buy your produce secure in the knowledge that the stall holders have been checked for authenticity, that all produce has been ethically grown and produced and there is total exclusion of any chemicals used in the growing,processing or manufacturing of the produce on sale.
The markets opened in September, 2015 and is held in the top carpark of the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Take your recycle bags and choose from locally made honey, free range eggs, smoked sausages, soft cheeses, olives, organic wines, berries, jams, seedlings, compost, meat, seafood and more. With prices often competitive with the large supermarkets, shopping locally supports local farmers and Australia's organic industry.
Each week growers converge on the markets and enjoy sharing ideas with other stallholders and like minded people that visit the market. The Eat Local Movement ambassador Costa Georgiadis, the host of ABC's Gardening Australia, is often at the markets giving talks and sharing ideas. See the Eat Local Friday Facebook for more information on his next appearance and updates.
At the time of writing these markets finish at 7pm due to daylight savings however check their website and Facebook page in Winter to confirm any change in time. The markets are held each Friday except for public holidays.
If you enjoy buying your groceries direct from the grower, these markets will be an enjoyable way to spend a Friday afternoon chatting to growers and buying fresh produce. Ensure you allow time afterwards to then enjoy the Australian National Botanical Gardens and appreciate this nature reserve so close to the city. As their website states, go to the markets and...