What to Expect at Our Markets
Our farmers’ markets operate 12 months of the year. They are outdoor events, held in community spaces with a relaxed, safe atmosphere. The markets operate rain, hail or shine unless, on the very rare occasion, we are forecasted with extreme and dangerous weather conditions.
Melbourne Farmers Markets (MFM) are accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association which means that when you shop at our markets you’re guaranteed the person you are buying from is a genuine Victorian farmer, grower, baker or maker.
If a market has an entry fee or community barbecue, the funds raised from these activities go directly to the community organisations, such as Carlton Primary School, we have chosen to partner with.
All our markets are plastic bag free so get into the swing and BYO. We encourage customers to also BYO coffee cups and mugs. Wherever possible goods sold at our markets are sold in compostable packaging including PLA, cardboard or bamboo.
Dogs are welcome and catered for at our markets, but please ensure they are always on a lead.
PRODUCE AT OUR MARKETS
Our stallholders are hard working Victorian farmers and producers who make the trek each week, whatever the weather, to sell their produce direct to you!
For most this isn’t a hobby or social outing, it’s their livelihood. Even those who travel long distances to attend, farmers’ markets have become their primary source of income and, importantly, they’re trading on their own terms.
WHAT CAN YOU PUT ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST?
|Fruit and vegetables: including organics and heirloom varieties throughout the year and seasonal specialties like asparagus and cherries in spring, garlic and berries in summer, apples and nuts in autumn, citrus and potatoes in winter.|
|Free range meat & eggs: organic, free range and rare breed meats include beef, lamb, mutton, chooks, turkeys, venison, trout, pork, rabbit, mussels, duck and goat. Plus, you’ll always find a certified free range egg producer.|
|Farmhouse dairy: think handmade cheeses including goat, sheep and cows milk as well as freshly bottled milk, cream, yoghurt and ice-cream in summer and autumn. You’ve heard lots of talk about the plight of dairy farmers so come and hear the facts from them direct.|
|Bakery: Handmade artisan bread is a market staple. Several farmers also transform their produce into tasty baked goods like rhubarb fruit cakes, fruit or meat pies and tarts and hot food ready to go.|
|Pantry: Olive and seed oils, preserves, antipasto, honey, jams, sauces, chutneys, dried fruit, mayonnaise, wine and beer and the likes…|
|Cut flowers & plants: Whilst they usually aren’t edible, we will always have a selection of cut flowers at each market as well as potted herbs and vegetable seedlings!|
All our seven farmers’ markets have been awarded accreditation by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association. This means that when you shop at our markets you’re guaranteed the person you are buying from is a genuine farmer, grower, baker or maker. You won’t find wholesalers or resellers at our farmers’ markets.