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Monash Farmers' Market

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by Purnima Nandy (subscribe)
I'm a masters student in the field of communication and media studies, living in Melbourne. My blogs are all about happenings in Melbourne.
Published June 6th 2012
Update April 11th 2013
The Monash Farmers' Market has closed down.

Monash Farmers' Market, is a monthly market which brings together the five senses: the smell of fresh veggies and fruits, the taste of hot and yummy breakfast, the sight of the culture which is oh so Melbourne, the sound of a relaxed Saturday morning and the touch of a lively market place every fourth Saturday at the Monash Uni Clayton campus.

Stall Holders
Stall Holders at the market

The Farmers market is a project of the Rotary Club of Monash in cooperation with Monash University. This project has a two point mission. One is to support the farmers who bring their wares to this market and secondly the funds raised are used to support people in need and community projects in Monash.

The market begins at 8:30 in the morning, with over thirty stall holders. There is a huge variety of fruits, veggies, bread, jams, jellies, chocolates, spices, plants, flowers and a live breakfast stall. I visited the market on the 23rd of May, and the live breakfast was a barbeque breakfast and fresh steaming coffee. There were approximately 750 visitors that day. It was a slightly wet morning but spirits were high.

I had a chance to speak to two stall holders and here's what they had to say:

Sarah Nally is the owner of Sally McNally's range of English jams. She is a qualified Food Technologist who works full time and has also built up this business turning it from a hobby into a lucrative business. Sarah says: "I have been running this business for three years now and I make the products in Gembrook in the Dandenongs. I use seasonal fruit and vegetables to make small batches, which retain the flavour, texture and color of the product. I specalise in making seasonal jams, chutneys and marmalades capturing the essence of the fruit when it is in peak season and preserving it fort the rest of the year."

Stall holders
stall Holders at the market

Mark Robinson is the owner of Nature's Blend a local Australian Owned Company in Chelsea Heights. Mark says: "Our products are Australian made and owned. We are all about Omega-3, Gluten Free and Salt Reduced products. Our products are endorsed by Coeliac Australia. Our OMEGA HONEY and OMEGA SMART OMEGA Peanut Butter are the first Peanut Butter or Honey endorsed by Coeliac Australia. Coeliacs (pronounced seel-ee-aks) are people who are gluten intolerant. This condition is a wide spread health issue that has only recently been diagnosed."

All in all it was a successful market with loads of good food, high spirits and helpful donations. The market is on the 4th Saturday of every month. So come along and experience a morning of Melbourne's culture and tastes.
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Why? A big farmers market at Monash University
When: First Saturday of every month 8.30am-1pm
Where: Monash University Clayton Campus
Cost: Varies
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