I can't remember the last time I was at the Mulgrave Farmers Market but it was at least a couple of years ago or more. I remember there being but a handful of stalls, literally. It so happened I was on my way to visit the Knox Shopping Centre Pop-up Market and found the Mulgrave Maker's Market (indoors) was also going to be there along with the Mulgrave Farmers Market (outdoors) and thought I'd stop by and check it out since it's but a 5 minute drive from where I live.
The market is housed on the grounds of The Body Shop Headquarters at the corner of Jacksons and Wellington Roads. Entry is via Jackson's Road just before the traffic light signals that take you onto Wellington road. Parking is on the grounds itself which makes it really convenient as there'd be no street parking to be had where it's located. I was gobsmacked just entering the gates to see so many cars parked before I had even had the time to turn my head around and take notice of the number of stalls that were there. I was excited to rediscover the market and amazed at its growth.
Best news of all, this farmers market is open every single Sunday from 8am to 1pm. I can get my fruit and vegetables fresh from the farmers every single week and they're only 5 minutes away. What's not to rejoice in that.
Boy have they grown and they have a stallholder's schedule to back up my statement. If you've never been, you only need to check out their website to realise how big they've become. It's not just about their growth either, but about what a community gathering it has become.
The maker's market indoors meanders through the building and it's like a surprise pop up as you go from room to room and discover all the little shops in there. I caught up with The Calico Co's Leah who was a stallholder on the day. Somehow the outdoor farmer's market was more exciting and atmospheric than the indoor maker's market. Perhaps it was the entertainment of the lone guitarist out there who was doing a stellar job. It would seem there's a busker there entertaining the crowds each week. Having a fair amount of seating to down your breakfast or brunch outside is also a bonus. I bumped into someone else's stall I knew, Chocolette, Patisserie; best macarons ever!
There was an exciting array of fresh fruit, food, nuts, pastries, you name it, this market had it all. Entry is by gold coin donation and at the entry is their very own recipe book which you can purchase. Be prepared to walk down a long line of stalls on both sides as far as the eye can see. As mentioned before, if you happen to go on the Sunday that the maker's market is held there (once a month) there's even more to see indoors.
One of my favourite stalls is a food stall of course, le petite crÍperie breiz (0419 005 834 or 0439 655 747). Their crepes just looked so light and delicious, how could I resist. Once he started cooking it, it got even better. He was generous with his fillings and made sure a good meal was to be had. I got a breakfast bacon and egg crepe and a salmon one for my daughter and I was full as a goog all day long. Just a word of warning, if you don't eat it fast enough, juices will drip from the pointy cone end so make sure it's away from your pretty clothes.
They don't have a Facebook page or website. However if it's word of mouth they're going by, I have no doubt they're chalked up a fair few number of fans. Give them a call if you need catering for parties, functions, festivals, markets, or breakfast events. They could cover meals and dessert as they also do sweet dessert crepes.
The other little stall that intrigued me was Pat's Bags (5th picture down of a lady holding up a see-through bag) who is perfectly placed for those who forgot to bring their own recyclable bags (the market does not supply any) for shopping. She has one bag filled to the max on display and making a mental judgement weighing about 5 or 6 kgs. Don't be fooled by the fabric (and she chooses some amazing fabrics, it's stretchy and 'gives') as it does hold lots. It'll easily just roll into a small ball you can throw into the glove box so you have it on hand for other market or general shopping.
Well, I most certainly enjoyed my morning here. Check it out, give it a twirl and you may be surprised at the dance you may have at the Mulgrave Farmers Markets.
Thanks Jen for your review.
Glad you came back to see how well we are going after 6 years in operation. The local community sure has embraced us. An initiative of the Wise Foundation, all monies raised go towards projects helping disadvantaged communities become economically independent through business. A win, win for the community. PS: we also have fabulous jute shopping bags for sale@ the gate. Hope to see you back real soon! Sue Brown - Market Manager, Mulgrave Farmers Market.