10 Best Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Markets in Melbourne 2021
Turn your weekly food shop into a relaxing escape to the country-side with these 10 best fresh produce markets around Melbourne.
Fresh produce groceries and farmers markets alike provide us with a taste of rural life right in the heart of any city.
If your food shop is a weekly ritual, it’s worth making it one that you look forward to. Which is why a trip to a fruit and vegetable farmers market can be like a quick country escape, packed into a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Not to mention it’s great for the environment!
Fresh food grocers provide the opportunity to choose local, in season produce and support Victorian farmers. So why not take the early morning route, shoes crunching at the frost-bitten grass, reusable coffee cup in hand as you make your way to the first stall.
Or indulge in a weekly foodie tour, exploring Melbourne’s rich multiculturalism through the food stalls at your local market. Mosey through the market stalls with the smells of fresh bread and unfamiliar spices swirling by you until you settle on that one irresistible slice of Turkish gözleme, or maybe an Italian prosciutto sandwich.
Regardless of your ideal day out, you’ll be able to find it at one of these 10 best farmers markets around Melbourne:
South Melbourne Market
Established in 1867, South Melbourne Market is Melbourne’s longest continually running fresh produce market. The venue consists of nearly 150 small business stalls including fruit and vegetable markets, butchers, fishmongers and culinary diverse restaurants. The market also boasts a diverse variety of fashion, homewares and pet supplies. Open from 8am until 5pm on Fridays, 8am until 4pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the market is a stone’s throw from the CBD and is easily accessible by car or public transport. South Melbourne Market is the perfect place to spend an afternoon and turn your weekly grocery shop into a delightful shopping and afternoon tea ritual.
GasWorks Farmers Market
This unique venue is host to a fresh farmers market on the third Saturday of every month. Gasworks Art Park is a green-grass inner city oasis, located in Albert Park. The area is rich with art studios and cafes, as well as the Gasworks Theatre which have all found a home within the buildings of the now defunct South Melbourne gas production plant. Take the opportunity to stock up on fresh produce and rejuvenate your senses as you roam around the lush outdoor space adorned with unique sculptures, murals and more. The space has a quirky charm, reminiscent of childhood curiosity and is bound to spark inspiration.
Veg Out Farmers Market St Kilda
This gorgeously local farmers market is held right next to one of St Kilda’s most colourful community gardens. Open from 8.30am until 1pm on the first Saturday of each month, the market provides a delicious range of fresh produce and small-batch or homemade preserves, pickles, oils and honey as well as meat, eggs, bread and more. Every market stall promotes local Victorian produce with low food miles and in season produce. Veg Out St Kilda is plastic free, so remember to bring your reusable tote bags and coffee cups from home!
Queen Victoria Market
The biggest open air market in the southern hemisphere, Queen Victoria Market has been in operation since 1878. Melbournians are lucky to call this market their own, however for visitors to the city, the market is truly a must-visit location. Whether you’re looking for your weekly groceries or just craving a piping hot jam doughnut from the famous American Doughnut Kitchen, this market will provide a day out like no other. The bustling shoppers and booming voices of stall owners hawking their produce adds a refreshing buzz to any morning of the week. The market is open Tuesday through to Sunday, with the exception of Wednesdays.
Camberwell Fresh Food Market
This fruit and vegetable market in Melbourne is at the heart of its community. Operating for 85 years, the Camberwell Fresh Food Market boasts a no-name tag policy for its vendors – because you don’t need name tags when everyone already knows each other’s name! But don’t be intimidated, upon arrival you will be welcomed with warm smiles and aisles stacked with beautiful fresh produce. This Melbourne market is a place where local butchers, fishmongers, florists and fruiterers can come together under one roof and provide their produce to the public with love.
From its commercial road entrance the market still resides behind the facade of its original building, constructed some time around the market’s inception in 1891. To this day Prahran Market has maintained its dedication to bringing quality produce to it’s town. Sustainable seafood and free range meat are just some of the things this fresh produce market has to offer. The market includes a number of vendors, supplying local organic produce and sought after ingredients from around the globe, as well as a number of unique cafes and eateries. It’s the perfect spot to stock up on groceries, or catch up for brunch. Just be sure not to leave without trying Nahdea’s Choice Turkish Delight, a long time staple stall at the market providing some of Melbourne’s most delicious sweets.
Gleadle Street Farmers Market
Every Saturday this urban Richmond street farmers market transforms into an oasis worthy of a rural town. The market boasts over 50 stalls providing seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as, fresh bread, herbs and other gourmet treats. There are a number of free range, organic and sustainable options available at most stalls throughout. Located only 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the Gleadle Street Farmers Market is the perfect spot for city dwellers to get a refreshing taste of the countryside at home. This market is plastic free so don’t forget to bring your reusable tote bag and coffee cup from home!
Collingwood Farmers Market
Collingwood Farmers Market is Melbourne’s very first farmers market that was founded in 2002. Each stall is run by the people who fished, farmed, fermented or made the produce on offer, so you can get to know your food chain a little better and stay connected with Aussie farmers. Located on the grounds of the Collingwood Children’s Farm, the market has a family-friendly atmosphere with lots to do and see, such as live music and the opportunity to get up close and personal with farming practices. The market operates on the second Saturday of every month and requires a $2 entry fee. All proceeds go back into the market and the Children’s Farm.
Elwood Farmers Market
Elwood Farmers Market is a fortnightly market with a focus on providing authentic local and regional produce. Each stall has a variety of products on offer, including everything from fresh flowers to artisan cheeses, as well as your usual groceries. With around 50 stalls being set up each fortnight, no two retailers are ever quite the same. You can stay up to date with the stallholders on Elwood Farmers Market Facebook page! Located in Elwood Park, this venue creates the perfect opportunity to bring your four-legged furry friends along too.
Big Watermelon is a fruit wholesaler that sells to the public, promising fresh, in season and perfectly ripe fruit and vegetables picked locally. The market has a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles through quality produce. The giant watermelon slice that marks the market’s entrance has become somewhat of an icon for locals. For anyone visiting, this feature will make the Wantirna South venue easy to find! Open seven days a week 6am to 7pm the aisles are always bursting with colourful varieties of fruit and vegetables.
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