Melbourne Farmers Markets (MFM) is thrilled to announce the establishment of an accredited farmers’ market at the Melbourne Innovation Centre (MIC), directly opposite the Alphington Train Station. The MFM office will also be moving to the neighbourhood and forms part of a broader local food project that is supported by Darebin City Council. The project commences from early 2018, with the relocation of the Fairfield Farmers’ Market.

Fairfield Farmers’ Market, held every third Saturday of the month, will relocate to the new site from January 20th. The market will trade on February 17 and March 17 before relaunching as Alphington Farmers’ Market, a weekly Sunday accredited farmers’ market in mid-Autumn 2018.

The project’s germination came from the need to relocate Fairfield Farmers’Market due to renovations at Fairfield Primary School, where the market is currently based. Market Manager, Lana Mclean says the establishment of a weekly farmers’ market in the neighbourhood will allow for greater access to local produce more often, and many more opportunities for Victorian producers to sell directly. The new site will be in walking distance from the new Yarra Bend Development, where 5000 people are anticipated to reside in upcoming years.

The broader local food project in the community was then borne out of a proposal by MFM Director, Miranda Sharp in the Darebin City Council ‘Our Say’ community forum in January 2017, to establish a communal food hub. Community support was unanimous with the idea running second highest of 276 submissions and topping the ‘hot’ and ‘most commented’ categories.

MFM Director Miranda Sharp says “We are so excited to get started on this new initiative, it has so much potential to contribute and connect the local community, offer support to several new food start-up enterprises and to build upon the existing small businesses and leadership network within the municipality.”

 

For further information contact Melbourne Farmers Markets