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Published September 13th 2016
Over 3,000 happy locals visit these markets every Sunday
The Southside Farmers Market is located at Canberra College, on the corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive in Phillip, south of the city. For ten years it has been located in the CIT building at Woden and it recently made the move to this new location. These markets are held every Sunday between 8am - 11:30am only, so if you want the best choice then get there early with the locals and browse over 60 stalls for all your fresh food needs. With produce straight from the grower, these popular markets are a great way to get your fruit, veggies, meat, eggs and everything you need for the week's groceries. Approximately 3,000 people attend these markets each Sunday, so you know the quality and prices are worth getting up early for.
At the markets you will find plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are full of colour, flavour and pure goodness. A popular stall is the Apple Shed from Tumut, where they sell a wide variety of apples and you can try a slice before you buy. They also sell delicious apple juice with no additives, just pure juice, which you can taste test prior to buying a 2 litre bottle. The Apple Shed crushes approximately 500 kg's of fruit each week to sell 300-400 litres of this juice at various markets. Try a little taster cup for yourself and see if you can walk away.
If you enjoy a good pie, then don't walk past Pie Day, where you can buy their chunky pies uncooked or cooked, so you can take some home or eat one there whist wandering around the markets. They also sell Cuppacumbalong Open Range Eggs, from happy chickens down in Tharwa. Narooma Seafood Direct is another popular stop for locals, where they can buy fresh fish from the South Coast, at competitive prices.
A wide variety of apples and juice from the Apple Shed
At Christmas the markets get even bigger, as local growers come in with their cherries and stone fruits in season. There is a wide variety of fruit that you can buy at the market, many that you don't see at the local supermarket. If you are into juicing your own juice, then this is an ideal venue to buy your supplies as you can buy it in bulk and pack up the boot of your car - as many people do.
This market attracts the crowds each Sunday because the variety of produce is just pure quality. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with friends, enjoy a coffee and sit back to watch the hustle and bustle of these popular community markets. If you want to check out the other Farmers Markets in Canberra, ensure you visit the Farmers and Foodies Markets on the Kingston Foreshore on a Friday night and the Capital Region Farmers Market at the EPIC on Saturdays, which draws in similar crowds. It is great to see that wherever you live in the city there is a farmers market close by to support our local farmers and growers.
The most popular accessory to take to the markets? A pull along trolley - because a recycle bag just simply isn't big enough.
Stock up with your week's supplies at the Southern Farmers Market