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Published March 23rd 2014
I love a good country market with little old ladies' home made jam and knitted jumpers, to fresh produce and art and craft products, and who can go past a good home made cake?
I have a few favourite markets that I will share with you but I would love to hear your opinion on Melbourne's best market, so we can have a great list for everyone to enjoy.
The Mornington Peninsula is home to many great markets and home to arguably one of Victoria's most well known market, being the Red Hill Market which is held on the first Saturday of the month excluding June, July and August. This market started in 1975 with 28 stalls and now has over 300 dedicated stall holders who make, bake or grow all items for sale.
Other markets by the same organisation are the; Mornington racecourse market held on the second Sunday of the month from 9am-2pm with the exception of the April market being cancelled due to races. Flemington racecourse market 'where the country goes to the city' on the 4th Sunday of the month 9am-2pm. Yarra Valley racecourse 'wine country' on the first Sunday of the month except July, August and September to avoid the worst of the cool months.
Parking at all the above markets costs $3 - $4.
*My tip is to go early and to park in the designated areas. I know no one likes paying for parking but parking inspectors are out in force at these markets and paying the $4 is cheaper than a fine. For more information on the above markets click here.
Some of the great markets are the little hidden country markets that you come across on a day trip and the items are really unique such as the Gembrook market at the puffing Billy Railway Station on the 4th Sunday of the month 9am-2pm, Balnarring (Emu Plains) racecourse market on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9am - 2pm. The tiny Warburton market held in the Mechanics Hall on the first Sunday of the month 11am - 3pm. Boneo community market is a true country market held on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 8am - 1pm. Warrandyte market has over 200 stalls and is on the first Saturday of the month 8am - 1pm. Healesville community market is a mix of bric-a-brac, craft and fresh produce and is on the first Sunday of the month. Mornington Main St market is held every Wednesday from 9am - 2pm.
Farmers markets are great for fresh produce and I really like the Mornington on the second Saturday of the month, Churchill Island on the 4th Saturday of the month, Lilydale Lake on the 1st Sunday of the month and Mt Eliza on the 4th Sunday of the month. There are so many farmers markets around Melbourne with stall holders attending more than one. You can see the full list of Farmers Markets here.
My favourite market is the one at St Andrews it has a combination of trash and treasure - craft market and fresh home grown produce. It has been going for at least 30 yrs and is on every saturday rain hail and shine.