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Published September 19th 2016
Buy it fresh, support your locals
Nothing compares to fresh food, whether that be fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, meat or seafood. And when you are buying it direct from the farmer who has grown or produced the product, that feeling of goodness is magnified many times over. South Australia has many great outlets for fresh food, and the Adelaide Central Market leads the charge, but what about those weekend farmers' markets? Which ones of those would form part of the Top 7 across the state ?

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Torrens Island Markets - Steve Hudson


Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market

For those in the inner suburbs of Adelaide, then the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market is a clear winner. Held every Sunday from 9am to 1pm the market abounds with light entertainment, bacon and eggs, and of course fresh produce and dishes from farmers across the suburbs and the Adelaide Hills.

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Image courtesy Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market


Torrens Island Market

If seafood is something you are looking for, then the Torrens Island Market on Sundays is sure to deliver. From the back of boats docked at the water's edge, some of the freshest fish and crustaceans is available, while just on the mainland a range of local stallholders are selling fresh fruit and vegetables grown from local farms in and around the outer suburbs of Adelaide. And judging by the smile on the faces of the local pelicans, the food can't be all that bad.

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Fresh fish - Steve Hudson


Farm Direct - Old Spot Hotel Markets

The drive for more fresh produce from Australian farmers has seen a new market pop up in the car park of the Old Spot Hotel every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Featuring fresh produce from Adelaide Plains producers, goods from northern suburbs producers and fruit from as far as the Riverland, the Old Spot Hotel Markets cater for most of the fresh produce needs of the residents of the north.

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Old Spot Hotel Markets - Steve Hudson


Barossa Farmers Market

An old favourite in the former Vintners Sheds, the Barossa Farmers Market has grown from a small cluster of passionate local foodies into a vibrant, lively Saturday morning institution hosting upwards of 50 stalls every week with an abundant array of produce. It has become a beautiful showcase of the fresh produce of the Barossa region and a community hub for locals and visitors alike.

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Image courtesy Barossa Farmers Market


Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

Artisans, growers and producers from the region meet at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market each Saturday to provide visitors and locals with a unique and affordable food shopping experience. The Market is a community run and managed not-for-profit business that provides local employment and supports sustainable farming.

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Image courtesy Mt Pleasant Farmers Markets


Willunga Famers Market

Known locally as the people's market where more than 80 family farms and producers get together for a morning of interaction, community and fresh seasonal choices, the Willunga Farmers Market is a must-visit spot. Freshness abounds as does variety, and when added with the special preparation tips offered by growers, you are in for a special Saturday.

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Image courtesy Willunga Farmers Market


Victor Harbor Farmers Market

Tucked into Grosvenor Square every Saturday morning, you can find locally grown, baked and prepared fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, wine, breads, biscuit, dips, honey, sweets, pasta, plants, eggs, preserves, nuts, coffee, flowers, quiche, chocolate, pies, pizza and various condiments at the Victor Harbor Farmers Market. With live entertainment and tastings also on offer, as well as freshly made coffee, it is a great place to drop in on your holiday or to catch up with friends and family.

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Victor Harbor Farmers Market - Steve Hudson


Nothing compares with the taste of fresh food, the camaraderie of community, the challenge of bartering and the support offered to locals, let alone the great discounts you get by being a loyal member. Why not head out to one of the Farmers' Markets this weekend, and have some fun. You won't be disappointed.
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Why? We all love fresh food
When: Weekends
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Free entry
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