This October we are celebrating the impact and legacy of Melbourne’s first farmers market.
Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market started in 2002 with around 40 stallholders, which has now increased to 75! Many of the original stallholders still attend, 15 years later, including Moondara Blueberries, Mount Zero Olives and Di’s Rhubarb.
After more than 20 years of running an inner-city farm, Collingwood Children’s Farm was struggling to survive in 2002. They credit the market with the massive boost to their income and profile that gave the farm a new lease on life.
The market has had a huge influence on Farmers Markets in Victoria, its success allowed Melbourne Farmers Markets to form and grow, and within a few years farmers markets expanded throughout Melbourne to include Slow Food FM and Gasworks FM to providing more opportunities for producers to reach consumers.
The framework for the Victorian Farmer’s Markets Association’s accreditation system was established in 2004 at Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market. This system ensures that produce sold at markets is coming direct from the farmer, and provides authenticity for stallholders whilst preserving the integrity of farmers markets.
Come and enjoy the market that started it all on Saturday October 14!