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Published July 6th 2015
Food cannot get any fresher than at a local Farmers Market
The messaging of buying local rather than imported for better health as well as supporting local businesses has seen an increase in Farmers Markets forming all across Melbourne. Whether it has bee picked, plucked, brewed or stewed you simply cannot get it fresher than at a local Farmers Market. Farmers markets allows the shoppers to meet the farmer/grower/producer face to face whilst discovering where your food comes from and how it is grown.
Here are just some of the popular Farmers Markets across Melbourne that you may be interested in visiting.
A helpful tip - a lot of Farmers Markets are a plastic bag free zone, so to avoid the hassle of carrying loose fruit and vegetables around in your arms have a few re-usable bags with you at all times.
Mulgrave Farmers Market
Mulgrave Farmers Market (image sourced from website)
Established in 2009 recently celebrated their 6th birthday and have some long standing stallholders that have been with the market from the very beginning which says a lot about the organisers and community atmosphere this market musters up every Sunday in the South East area of Melbourne. The market is located inside the ground of The Body Shop HQ in Mulgrave and you will find all your shopping needs for fresh seasonal fruit and veg, free range eggs, freshly made bread and your home made jam and olive oils all in the same location each week. Once a month you will also find an array of extra stallholders be added to the already busy Farmers market known as the Mulgrave Makers where local creative showcase their home made jewellery, children's clothing, soy candles, wooden crafts and a lot more for those to love buying handmade. For those healthy conscious shoppers, there is an indoor arena that houses weekly Yoga, Meditation and Pilates classes for a reasonable price each Sunday so you can shop and exercise at the same place.
Where: Located on the grounds of The Body Shop's HQ, Mulgrave (enter from Jacksons Road, cnr Wellington Rd). When: Every Sunday of every month 8am – 1pm Entry: Gold coin donations Website: www.mulgravefarmersmarket.com.au
Kingston Farmers Market
Kingston Farmers market (image sourced from website)
The Kingston Farmers Market began in 2004, and today boasts between 50 and 60 stallholders. Occupying a large space on Nepean Highway, right near the Southland flyover, you'll find a little bit of everything here, from dried fruit and nuts, to fresh herbs, olive oil and olives, fresh produce, tea, wine and homemade biscuits. Be sure to forgo breakfast that morning though, as there are so many stalls serving up hot pies, French crepes, bacon and eggs, and hot and hearty soup.
Where: Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Highway and Bay Street, Highett When: First Saturday of every month from 8am – 12.30pm Entry: $2
The Flemington Farmers Market (image sourced from website)
Established in 2010, the Flemington Farmers Market is a big deal and probably one of the better known Farmers market in town and certainly brings in the crowds, especially coming close to summer and the festive season. This farmers market is packed with super friendly merchants, selling everything from mushrooms, eggs and olives, through to organic chocolate, honey, lemon butter, and every type of preserve you could want. While the market is there every Sunday, not all the vendors are, so options can vary week to week.
The Coburg Farmers Market is held twice a month in the grounds of the Coburg North Primary School. The market stalls merge around a big central playground which is great for kids and there is an undercover area as well as shaded outdoor seating.
Coburg Farmers Market (image sourced from website)
There is a great supplies of seasonal vegetables and fruits, nuts and oils, eggs, fresh bread, home-made cheeses and sweets on offer. As it can be an early start you can skip breakfast and try out the various popular food stalls at this market while enjoying some live music entertainment.
The Elwood Farmers Market is run by don Linke and Tim Walsh who have been successful managing the Veg Out Farmers Market in St Kilda since 2004 so they certainly know how to run a good market. Driven by the concept that local and seaonsonal foods is better for your health than imported foods Elwood Farmers Market was born.
Here you will find a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, home-made products such as baked bread, cakes, pet food, dried foods and much more you can take home. For those a little peckish, do not despair because your stomachs won't be disappointed with so many delicious hot food stalls to satisfy your hunger from Mexican tortillas, bacon and egg and not just any old sausage in bread but gourmet snags.
Eltham Farmers' Market is a bi-monthly market, held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, from 9am to 1pm (Apr-Dec) and 8.30am to 12.30pm (Jan-Mar). On each 2nd Sunday, there is also a Community Market Stall. On each 4th Sunday, there is a Food Swap from 10am to 11am.
Eltham Farmers Market (image sourced from website)
There are plenty of variety stallholders to see here and opportunities to stock up the fridge and pantyr with fresh eggs, strawberries, veggies, honey and a lot more.
Where: Eltham Town Mall car park 10-18 Arthur Street, Eltham
When: Second and fourth Sunday of the month
Ashwood Farmers Market
The Ashwood Farmers Market situated on the Ashwood College Oval where there is plenty of space for your pets and kids to run around while you shop the local fresh produce. With up to 50 stallholders and a vast variety of entertainment throught the day including a free children'st animal farm, it is sure to entertain the whole family.
At the Ashwood Farmers Market you will find artisan breads, handcrafted wines, honey, free range eggs, fresh milk, cheese and so much more.