If the current season of Masterchef has brought out the foodie in you, then why not check out a farmers' market this weekend? With loads of fresh produce on display and plenty of home-made cakes and jams to gorge yourself on, you'll be in total bliss. There are roughly 160 farmers' markets, produce markets, and grocers' markets in and around Victoria, so I have had to narrow it down a bit. I have picked five of the best farmers' markets Melbourne has to offer.
The first one is the slow food farmers market held at the Abbotsford Convent or 'Abby' on the fourth Saturday of every month. The Abby's slow food farmers' market boasts the best organic produce in town. So stop on by and pick up some fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables, seedlings, flowers, herbs, juices, breads, olive oil, eggs, rare breed and free range meat, chicken, fish, home-made condiments, and specialist cheese. The Abby's next farmers' market will be held on June 23rd.
Next up is the farmers' market that takes place on the third Saturday of every month at the Gasworks Arts Centre. Delicious, free-range eggs and freshly cut flowers are some of the goods that are on offer. At the Gasworks Farmers' Market, you will also find a huge array of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of home-made cakes and jams. So be sure to swing by Gasworks on June 16th this year to sample some of the best produce that Melbourne has to offer and to soak up the vibrant atmosphere. The Gasworks Art Centre is situated in Albert Park.
Another good place to pick up some fresh produce is the Queen Victoria Markets. Situated on the corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Queen Victoria Market is Victoria's premier open-air market place. Almost 50% of the market area is dedicated to the sale fresh produce including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products. Their trading hours are from 6am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6am to 5pm on Fridays, 6am to 3pm on Saturdays, and 6am to 4pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and most public holidays.
While the Queen Victoria Market is great, it is my personal belief that the farmers' market in South Melbourne is better. Their selection isn't quite as big but there is plenty of free food up for grabs and it's all delicious. There are loads of great cafes around, too, so once you're done perusing the stalls, treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. The South Melbourne Markets are located on the corners of York, Cecil, and Coventry Streets. They are open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am.
My final pick of the best farmers' markets in Melbourne is the Sunday Markets at the Arts Precinct. The Sunday Markets made my list purely because of the cupcake lady who has a stall right by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Her tasty cakes are positively sinful and well worth a walk through the rain to get one.
My favourite is the choc-raspberry swirl. 'If George Clooney was a cupcake' she told me, 'he would be this one.' Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, the Sunday Markets are a much-loved weekly event in Melbourne where local artisans and producers gather on the lawns of the Melbourne Arts Centre to show off their merchandise. They operate from 10am until 4pm every Sunday so be sure to check it out this weekend.
These are just a few of the farmers' markets that lay hidden around Melbourne. There are plenty more to be found, trust me.
"My final pick of the best farmers' markets in Melbourne is the Sunday Markets at the Arts Precinct. " You clearly have no concept of what a farmers' market is. This craft market bears no resemblance to a farmers or producers market. I imagine you've ben there - don't insult farmers markets by including this on your list. I certainly won't be taking any advice from Weekend Notes on what markets to attend.