There are too many markets around Melbourne to list compared to the community markets around Sydney. So here are 8 popular representations of what's in store around you to get you out and about on the weekends and even the weekdays .
The Mornington Peninsula is a favourite destination for locals and tourists who visit not only for the beach and green hinterland but for its good food and wine. Therefore it makes perfect sense to visit the market where the producers gather every 2nd Saturday of each month between 8.30am to 1pm. The Mornington Farmers' Market offers fresh and seasonal produce from the Mornington Peninsula and Regional Victoria. Highlights include heirloom carrots, smoked salt, berries, paddock-to-plate meats, craft beers, local distilled spirits and many more.
Located in Mornington Park, the market is popular with locals as a weekend hangout spot among friends and with producers who are always willing to share the story behind their produce. This market is a not-for-profit project and uses the gold coin donation of $2 for entry to support local community groups and keep the Mornington Farmers' Market running.
Set in the Iconic building of the Substation dating back to 1915 is a community arts facility which converts into an indoor shopping arena on the 1st Sunday of every month. The fresh produce at the Substation Artists' Market is the affordable and original art from the designers, crafters and regional artists.
You can enjoy the live music while browsing a large selection of paintings, handmade jewellery, fashion, photographs etc. Located at Market Street in Newport, the Market attracts a regular crowd of over 600 people between 10am to 3pm.
An initiative of the City of Boroondara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, this market is populated by dedicated farmers and locals who are passionate about food, reducing the carbon footprint and supporting small Victorian primary producers. The Boroondara Farmers Market operates on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm at Paterson Reserve in Hawthorn.
It offers produce from all around Victoria including fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, olives, cakes, bread, herbs, dips, sauces, wine and beer. In addition to filling your shopping bag, you can also bring your dog and chat with the stall holders about their produce. Although it requires $2 to access the market, your gold coin donation assists the Rotary of Glenferrie and Foundation Boroondara with community projects.
Whittlesea Monday Market has been operating under the name of Mernda Market since 1919. This genuine country market has been attracting locals, suburban visitors and even tourists with its unique mix of livestock, fresh produce, farm supplies, plants, home wares and trash and treasure. Located in the Whittlesea Showgrounds on 30 Yeah Road, it is also popular with stall holders who come from as far as Benalla and Dandenong.
Open from 8am to 1pm every Monday, you can wander through more than 120 stalls. More interestingly, you can search for hard-to-find parts like a fanbelt of a 1967 Massey-Ferguson, select the right chilli plant for use in cooking, or take home a ferret as a pet. You'll feel like you're having a day at the Royal Melbourne Show with the stockyards of poultry, sheep, goats, rabbits and other livestock, and the live auctions.
Victoria's 4th largest city is not only best known for its 1850s gold-related heritage but also its popular monthly market. The only authentic farmer's market in Bendigo provides the community with fresh, regional and seasonal produce every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. It is located at Sidney Myer Place, at the Rosalind Park end of Williamson Street.
Photo courtesy of Bendigo Community Farmers' Market
Bendigo Community Farmers' Market was started in April 2010 and has become a local favourite as a place to catch up with friends, buy fresh produce and enjoy a day out in the middle of the city. You can buy seasonal highlights like romanesco cauliflower, Jerusalem artichokes, Musquée de Provence pumpkins, mussels, mandarins, heritage bred beef, handmade pies and many more. There's also a community stage with events and a raffle to win a selection of products from the stallholders www.bcfm.org.au
The absence of a high quality produce in the outer Western Suburbs has resulted in the establishment of the Werribee Central Farmers' Market. It brings farm fresh and high quality products to the locals every 4th Saturday of the month at Kelly Park.
Open from 8am to 1pm, you can find a variety of locally grown vegetables, olive oil, free range beef and lamb, and artisan products including sourdough breads, vegetarian tarts, goat cheese, fresh pasta, chilli sauces, teas, boutique beer, natural soaps etc. The market continues to thrive for both growers and customers who want local produce and handmade products.
Located in Kensington Primary School on 62-74 McCracken Street, is a thriving market that showcases the local talent residing in the Kensington and Flemington areas and surrounding precincts. Held once a month on a Sunday from 10am to 3pm, the Kensington Arts and Craft Market presents over 70 specialty stalls with a eclectic mix of designer fashion and jewellery, visual arts creation and even fresh produce.
Photo courtesy of Kensington Arts and Craft Market
As a result of the efforts of a dedicate team of volunteers passionate about all things handmade, the Market has become a regular venue for talented folks to display their products, perform and engage the local community. In addition to your shopping, Kensington Arts and Craft Market offers live entertainment and a play space with a large basketball court and synthetic grassed area for the kids.
Just think a smaller version of the Queen Victoria Market located on 519-525 Riversdale Road in Camberwell and you have the Camberwell Fresh Food Market. Celebrating its 85th year in trading, the Market was established in the 1930s to service the market growers of the area. What was originally a horse carriage factory became the site of this produce market.
You can buy a wide range of fresh fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits, fresh pasta, Asian products, sushi, pastries, flowers etc. Camberwell Fresh Food Market is open from 7am to 7pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, except Saturday when it closes earlier at 5pm.
Thanks for highlighting our wonderful Werribee Central Farmers Market. We have a great market with a lovely community atmosphere, lots of stallholders that just love talking about their products and how much love goes into growing, making and creating great food.