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Yarra Valley Farmers Market at Punt Road Wines

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 28th 2022
You will win at this 'Punt'
Farmers market sign.
The next market.

This is definitely an 'up-market' market. Everything is of the highest quality, from food cooked before your eyes, freshly grown produce, crafts by artisans and quality entertainment.

Market stalls.
The start of your wanderings.

If you are early, you can park onsite among an apple orchard which quickly fills up. There is also ample parking on St. Huberts Road. The advantage of road parking is that you have a picturesque walk into the market along a tree-lined avenue. There is always disabled parking on site.

Car park in apple orchard.
Car park in apple orchard, a picturesque walk to the market.

Walk into Punt Road Market.
Another picturesque walk.

The tented stalls are neatly arranged along this avenue. I would suggest on arrival you take a leisurely wander past the stalls, taking in the ambience before a few return wanderings taking in all the products offered.

Crowd at market stalls.
Crowd at market stalls.

Market stalls.
Even dogs are catered for.

market stalls
More quality stalls.

Your first stop may be Yarra Coffee, specialty coffee roaster for your morning coffee fix.

Yarra Coffee.
Get your coffee fix here.

You may then find a table and chair to enjoy your coffee with a doughnut or a cookie from Yarra Valley Cookies, where cookie maker Carla displays her cookies.

Market patrons resting.
Having a rest.

Yarra Valley Cookies.
Carla and her cookies.

While sitting this area, the air is filled with the gentle music of the Black Kites. I have heard this group play and sing over several years at different markets and their music is always a joy to hear.

Black Kites.
Enjoying the music of the Black Kites.

Now is the time to inspect the work of local artisans. Most impressive is the timber products from AQ Unique Hardwood Creations. Each piece is carefully designed and created in their Three Bridges workshop. You can buy something to sit on, hang your coat on or cut up your food on.

Wooden products.
Wonderful wooden workmanship.

Equally impressive is the large range of pottery from Arnaud Barraud. All the items are visually attractive and practical. Arnaud is always there to discuss his works.

Perfect pottery.

I am always pleased when visiting Sunday markets to find a new or unique product. At Punt Road is was Banks Botanicals, alcohol-free mixers. It was explained to me that Banks Botanicals is a distilled organic, non-alcoholic spirit that uses Australian Botanicals and made in the Yarra Valley.

Banks Botanicals
Banks Botanicals, non-alcohol spirit.

By this time, the 'hungries' may have hit. Here you have plenty of choice. An artisan crepe, freshly cooked would be a nice start.

Crepes cooked while you watch.

Lady Paella offers freshly cooked paella from an authentic rustic Spanish kitchen. They certainly looked appetising.

Lady Paella
They do look delicious.

Lunars Eatery offers something completely different. Only two items on today's menu and they do look tasty. This would be the happiest stall at the market judging by the smiling staff.

Lunars Eatery.
Food with a smile.

Lunar's menu of the day.

After all this food, a dessert may be tempting in the form of a choice of six flavours of plant-based ice crème from Super Seed.

Super Seed Ice crème.
Plant based ice creme.

When it is time to head home some takeaway items will be in order. Fresh vegetables from Farm Fresh, if they have any left as it is a popular stall.

Farm fresh is fresh.

Something for your health can be had from Australian Harvest Fine Foods which offer many Bio-Grape products among other healthy choices.
Bio-Grape products.
Bio-Grape products.

It's a wonderful market in a beautiful setting after a country drive to get there.
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Why? It's a quality market all round.
When: 9.00 am - 1.30 pm.
Where: Punt Road Wines, St. Huberts Road, Coldstream. Melways map 275. J.12.
Cost: Free entry and parking.
Your Comment
Beautiful winery. Good idea for a day trip to escape Melbourne!
by 23and (score: 2|103) 278 days ago
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