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Published July 1st 2014
Farmers and Community Markets around Sydney and New South Wales

Coffs Coast Growers Markets
Photo courtesy of Coffs Harbour City Council


Farmers and community markets are increasing popular in Australia especially in cosmopolitan cities like Sydney where residents want access to farm-fresh produce and artisan food. While there are some weekend markets in the city, Sydneysiders are driving to the regional farmers and community markets as an affordable family holiday activity as well as to purchase quality ingredients and country-made crafts. To satiate readers request for more choices, here is an additional list of farmers and community markets that represent the best of their areas and regions as well as a great family outing over a weekend and even a weekday.

SAGE Farmers Market

SAGE Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla Inc


The SAGE Farmers Market Moruya is a story of the triumph of the weekday over the weekend. The failure of the original attempts at a Saturday market resulted in a stand-alone weekday market that continues to gain support from growers, the Eurobodalla Shire Council and customers. An enterprise of Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla Inc, the Market was born out of the local community's demand for fresh, quality food. Unlike some regional or community markets, there are no art, craft and non-food stalls.

SAGE Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla Inc


What also sets it apart is that the SAGE Farmers Market Moruya is absolutely "local local". This means you will only buy produce from the local region and products with ingredients sourced from within the local region from the 25 stalls. The producers come from a 160 kilometre radius of the township of Moruya in Eurobodalla. You can enjoy produce and products from Shell Cove on the coast and Bowral and Myrtleville inland in the north, into the Great Dividing Range in the west and just beyond Eden on the coast and Delegate inland in the south. The Market operates on Tuesday between 3pm to 5.30pm at Riverside Park, Moruya.

www.moruyafarmersmarket.org.au

Warwick Farm Trackside Market

Warwick Farm Trackside Market
Photo courtesy of United Growers Pty Ltd


Located at Warwick Farm Race Course on Governor Macquarie Drive is a weekend market that takes pride in being a genuine Farmer's Market. Formed by 11 farmers who contributed their own money and time back in 2004, Warwick Farm Trackside Market offers seasonal produce and products made or grown by the sellers themselves. Every Saturday from 8am to 12pm, producers from within the Sydney Basin and all over New South Wales including Batlow, Taree, Cowra, Orange, Young and Yeoval gather with customers.

Warwick Farm Trackside Market
Photo courtesy of United Growers Pty Ltd


They bring their beef, lamb, pork, chicken, seasonal fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, olives, olive oil, honey, pasta, breads and plenty more. Coffee lovers can also sample beans from a local coffee producer before buying. At Warwick Farm Trackside Market, you can be assured that only producers actually growing or producing fresh produce and products are allowed to sell to you.

www.warwickfarmtracksidemarket.com.au

Coffs Coast Growers Markets

Coffs Coast Growers Markets
Photo courtesy of Coffs Harbour City Council


The Coffs Coast Growers Markets exists to support local producers and consumers. It is a channel to encourage the growth of local farmland and support the profitable trading of producers. Through the support of these producers, the Market is able to bring a regular supply of affordable and fresh alternatives directly to you and also provide the opportunity for your family to learn more about what you are buying from the growers.

Coffs Coast Growers Markets
Photo courtesy of Coffs Harbour City Council


The popular Coffs Coast Growers' Market is open on Thursday between 8am and 3.30pm at the City Square. You can expect freshest in local and regional produce plus a growing range of organic produce including meats and gourmet sausages, wild seafood, wood-fired breads and many more. The Market also welcomes visitors outside the Coffs Coast Region to come and experience what the Coffs Coast has to offer.

www.facebook.com/coffscoastgrowersmarket

Dubbo Farmers Market

Dubbo Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Macquarie Valley Food & Wine Inc


A community-run market which has grown into a showcase and an institution for its area is the Dubbo Farmers Market. Operated by volunteers of Macquarie Valley Food & Wine and supported by Dubbo City Council and Dubbo RSL Club, the Market was the first to be established in the New South Wales Central Region. Its popularity has grown over the years just through word of mouth, attracting some 5000 customers with regulars coming from a 200 kilometre radius bi-monthy just for a fresh bargain. The market has some 60 stallholders offering a selection of local pork, beef and lamb, award winning olive oils, preserves, jams, marinates, honey, wine, nuts, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, plants and much more.

Dubbo Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Macquarie Valley Food & Wine Inc


The Market is also a regional event. In addition to buying fresh locally grown produce, the social village of Dubbo is the place for residents to catch up with family and friends and welcome visitors from outside the region who discover the market. Rain, hail or shine, you can enjoy the best from the region's producers on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month between 8am to 12pm. The Market is located on the lawn of the Macquarie Lions Park, situated behind the Information Centre on the corner of Newell Highway and Macquarie Street.

www.dubbofarmersmarket.org.au/home

Kiama Farmer's Market

kiama farmers' market
Photo courtesy of Kiama Farmers' Market


As a market located on Black Beach, the Kiama Farmer's Market is one of the most picturesque farmers' market on the NSW South Coast. It is the result of the efforts of local residents from around the area who combined their knowledge and experience to operate a market for the local community.

kiama farmers' market
Photo courtesy of Kiama Farmers' Market


The Kiama Farmer's Market is focused on local produce from local people. That means only produce and products that are grown or made in the area by local growers. So you can expect tasty food from the lush South Coast. The Market operates every Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm at Black Beachon the Kiama Harbour Foreshore.

www.kiamafarmersmarket.com.au

Gloucester Farmers' Market

Gloucester Farmers' Market
Photo courtesy of Gloucester Council


The Gloucester Farmers Market is located in dairy and beef cattle country. An initiative of Gloucester Shire Council, the market supports area growers and encourage new business creation and growth. It offers a community gathering place where you can purchase quality farm-grown fresh produce.

Gloucester Farmers' Market
Photo courtesy of Gloucester Council


The Market operates between 8.30am and 12pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month. It is located at the southern end of Billabong Park, Gloucester at the corner of Denison Street and Billabong Lane.

www.gloucesterfarmersmarket.com.au

Mudgee Farmers Markets

Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Mudgee Farmers Market


Set against the backdrop of St Mary's Church is an authentic farmers market that offers produce that is grown as close to the market as possible. Mudgee Farmers Market is proud to offer customers the assurance of the freshest and most local produce possible, that also supports the local farming community and helps the environment by reducing food-miles. Kids also get to learn about farm-fresh produce through a Kids Cooking Class with a local chef on Market day.

Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Mudgee Farmers Market


You can find all the best produce gathered from the region on sale at the Market. All products sold are also grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders themselves. Grab the family and check out the specialist food producers and live entertainment on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8.30am to 12.30pm at St Mary's Catholic Church.

www.mudgeefinefoods.com.au/farmers-market
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Why? The regions around Sydney offer the best of farmers markets
Where: The surrounds of Sydney
Cost: Free entry
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Camden Produce Market, excellent community farmers market, 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of the month. http://www.camdenproducemarket.org
by trace119 (score: 1|17) 1622 days ago
Richmond Good Food Market is on every Saturday 7am to 2pm in Richmond Park with a variety of produce - fruit & veges, cider, breads, cakes & pastries, meat, condiments, preserves, jams etc. All very yummy!
by quiet (score: 1|20) 1623 days ago
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