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The terms "farmers' market" and "growers' market" have only received widespread use in Australia in the last decade as a result of globalisation, so it is worth remembering that many long-established produce markets often consist of farmers and growers selling their own produce. The listing below are those that label themselves farmers' markets - many other produce markets can be found in our listing of Markets in Victoria. Farmers' markets are opening and closing all the time, and we will mention newly opened farmers' markets in our free email newsletter about great things to do in Melbourne.

At farmers’ markets you will find lots of calico bags and motherhood statements about saving the planet. Unfortunately they don’t always stack up. The grower who has driven half way across the state to sell a few bags of nuts or a few litres of olive oil is not exactly reducing their ecological footprint. Nor are the customers who drive from Melbourne to St Andrews Market in their 4WDs. If such things concern you then get to know the growers or speak to the organisers. The better ones have a code of practice about the nature of goods accepted for sale. If on the other hand you just want to buy some good fresh produce without having to feel too much holier-than-your-parents, then farmers’ markets are always a great places.

It is also worth remembering that the current preoccupation with 'food miles' is a useful consideration when regarding whether a product is environmentally responsible, but forms only part of a complex equation. Is it more environmentally responsible to buy rice from a water-starved Victoria or to ship it in from a place where water is much more plentiful?  Although the concept of 'food miles' is often adopted as a simplistic mantra it can often lead to the opposite result to what the well-intentioned buyer was trying to achieve, Fortunately, the quality media usually takes a more informed approach (read more) and looks past the single dimension. At farmers' markets you can get to discuss how the food is produced and the relative benefits to the environment.

"White Hat . . . are the farmers' market gurus"

Organic Pat
17 August 2008
From the Buy Organic Forum


However, don’t overlook your local suburban market. Most of these started out as farmers’ markets a century or more ago which is why they still tend to operate only on certain days of the week. Markets like the Queen Vic, Prahran, Preston, Footscray, Dandenong, South Melbourne and others all have ultra-fresh produce if you shop around. The traders will often have been to the wholesale market in Footscray at 5 o’clock that morning and bought their stock direct from the producer. Some of the produce you will find on suburban market stalls was picked at 2am that morning.

All of this could create problems for supermarkets who usually buy fruit and veg for appearance and shelf life and whose produce has sometimes been in cool store for up to a year. No problem really – you just take out television ads showing happy farmers, and call yourself ‘the fresh food people.. It works every time.

Some featured farmers markets

Comprehensive list of farmers markets in Melbourne & Victoria

Altona Farmers Market
Everything you love and expect at a farmers market is on offer at this vibrant farmers market. There are a variety of quality Victorian artisan producers and growers ready to serve you with a smile and plenty of space to relax after your busy morning of shopping. There is a free animal farm for the kids. Entry by gold coin donation

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Apollo Bay Farmers Market
Apollo Bay Farmer's Market showcases some of the finest culinary delights being produced in and around the Otways. The market offers fabulously fresh local produce including: wine, meat, olives, fruit and veg, honey and lots more.

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Ashwood Farmers Market
The Ashwood Farmers Market is a true authentic farmers market. You will find a vast array of "Victorian only" produce on offer including artisan breads, deli-style foods, wine, honey, cheeses, olive oil, jams and preserves, seasonal fruit, vegies, herbs and nuts, fresh and cured meats, eggs, poultry, plants, fresh flowers and much more. Gold coin entry

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Bairnsdale East Gippsland Farmers' Market
An indoor/outdoor farmers' market with fresh regional produce.

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Ballan & District Farmers' Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoBallan is just a short detour off the Western Highway near Ballarat, and White Hat suggests that if you are in the area on the second Saturday of the month that you call in a buy some of the produce grown in the rich chocolate soil of the Ballarat/Ballan Area. Melburnians might even consider taking a V/Line train for a pleasant break in the country.

This market has been accredited by the VFMA.

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Ballarat Bridge Mall Farmers Market
Situated in the Ballarat's city shopping strip between Grenville Street and Peel Street, White Hat suggests that this farmers' market is well worth a visit. You can talk to local growers and producers and there are live cooking demonstrations as well as entertainment for the kids.

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Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
A true Farmers Market. Situated on beautiful Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Lakeside Market dishes up some of Victoria's freshest produce. While enjoying the live music you can sample & buy from up to 50 specialist boutique stalls featuring fresh fruit, herbs & vegetables, free range poultry and meat, deli style foods, regional wine, coffee, sausage sizzle and much much more. The Lake has never tasted so good.

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Bayside (Sandringham) Farmers Market
A wonderful farmers market with over 60 stalls of fresh local produce direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Beaumaris Farmers Market
Melbourne's newest farmers market with up to 50 stalls of local fresh produce direct from farmer/producer to you. You can find full details together with information regarding the authenticity of the produces at Regional Farmers Markets.

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Benalla Lakeside Craft & Farmers Market
"Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Sew it" with children's entertainment.

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Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoA farmers' market featuring seasonal produce. White Hat suggests you make a morning of it and take in the cooking demonstrations and talks which take place every hour.

This market has been accredited by the VFMA.

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Bentleigh Farmers' Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoThis market commenced in February 2013 and White Hat is particulary impressed that its monthly attendances are well over the 1300-1400 customer mark. It should be a good be a good omen that the school grounds now stand on what was once a market garden. This market has been accredited by the VFMA.

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Boroondara Farmers Market
An outdoor market in a pleasant grassed reserve featuring statewide produce including breads, olive oil, honey, fruit & vegetables. When White Hat last visited this market in July 2008 we found a good wide range of products with the fruit & vegetabls being particularly notable.

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Bundoora Park Farmers Market
Regional fresh produce at an outdoor farmers' market. A small entry fee applies. White Hat recommends that if you are visiting this market with a young family that you consider making a day of it (or at least a half day) by visiting the nearby urban farm. For those interested in historic houses, White Hat can thoroughly recommend a visit to the neary Bundoora Homestead. If you do either of these you may need to remember to take a cooler to keep your fruir & vegies fresh. The market can be accessed by public transport by using the tram in Plenty Road.

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Buninyong Farmers Market
Fresh local produce direct from the producer together with live music and entertainment.

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Carlton Farmers Market

White Hat can recommend this market as one of the most easily accessible from the city with a wide range of stalls and the nearby shopping and entertainment strip in Lygon Street to supllement a market visit. More details at Carlton Farmers Market.

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Casey-Berwick Farmers' Market
Farm fresh and organic seasonal vegetables, fruit, free range lamb, poultry, eggs plus barramundi and rabbit and a whole lot more direct from the grower. Bring your own bags and trolleys. There is a special twilight market from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 23rd December 2010.

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Castlemaine Farmers Market
The Castlemaine Farmers' Market that is located in the centre of the Historic Township has more than 40 quality stallholders showcasing produce from Central Victoria. The Market sells locally grown and made produce.

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Caulfield Farmers Market
A large authentic farmers' market featuring a large array of quality produce. White Hat can recommend a pleasant Saturday morning on this grassy reserve in the middle suburbs. $2 Entry

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Central Geelong Farmers' Market
A farmers' market selling fresh local produce, cheeses and honey. Cooking demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the morning. If you are looking for a farmers' market that is particulalry child-friendly, White Hat can recommend this one.

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Central Murray Farmers Market
Fresh local produce, wines, jams, preserves and local olive oils.

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CERES Organic Food & Craft Market
CERES Organic Market and Shop recently celebrated their 10th birthday. The market sells fresh organic fruit and veg with an emphais on locally grown produce. The CERES Craft Market sells a mixture of hand crafted objects and second hand bargains in a social and friendly environment." The

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Churchill Island Farmers' Market
A farmers' market in the pleasant surrounds of Westernport Bay with produce including wine, fruit, vegetables and cheeses.

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Clunes Farmers' Market
Held In the historic main street of Clunes you can shop fro your local and organic produce at the Farmers' Market as well as browsing your way along the local bookstores and antique stores

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Coal Creek Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market is held in the main carpark and picnic area with ample parking just metres away. The market is placcy bag free so BYO your trolley, baskets and reuse your own plastic shopping bags.

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Coburg Farmers’ Market
A new farmers' market in Coburg. White Hat will visit and report back as to how it stacks up.

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Collingwood Farmers' Market
A farmers market selling fresh produce in the Melbourne inner suburb of Collingwood. A small entry fee applies. Set in bush and farm land close to the city, White Hat can particularly recommend this as a great place to take young families where you can combine your food shopping with a visit to the children's farm.

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Croydon Farmers Market
A farmers' market selling fresh produce direct from the producer. Nearly 40 stalls of fresh local produce, direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Daylesford Farmers Market
Over 40 stalls selling the best in Regional Produce. The region has the best in both organic and other fresh produce as well as all the value added produce in the Hepburn Shire. White Hat can particularly recommend the winter vegetables from Spring Creek Organics. Full details at Regional Farmers Markets.

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Drouin Produce & Craft Market
An outdoor market featuring fresh produce, art & craft.

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Elwood Community Market
Buy your vegetables fresh from the farm and homemade cakes/biscuits. Browse the stalls get bric a brac, clothes, toys, crafts, plants, used kitchen ware ...etc at bargain prices. Whilst shopping enjoy a coffee, sausage and other delights. For information about stalls please contact 0422 976 276.

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Elwood Farmers' Market
Held at Elwood College and featuring over 40 stalls this market is organised by the same people who mange the St Kilda Veg Out Farmers Market

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Fairfield Farmers Market
Set in the grounds of Fairfield Primary School, with up to 40 stalls of the freshest seasonal produce including artisan breads, coffee, eggs, flowers and plants, fruit and veg, herbs and spices, meats, pasta and sauces, olive oil, preserves, handmade soaps and much much more. Gold coin entry

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Farmers Market@The Old Cheese Factory
This market is on the second Saturday of the month and complements the long running Casey-Berwick Farmers Market also held at the Old Cheese Factory on the 4th Saturday of the month. There is a wide range of farm fresh produce including organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oils, specialty breads, free range chicken and eggs, varieties of meats including lamb, beef, veal, pork and venison, together with baked goods, preserves and herb and vegetable seedlings and much more. The market has been accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association. It is run by the Berwick Woodworkers Club who collect a $2 donation from shoppers and these funds are used to support local community groups.

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Flemington Farmers' Market
(Previously known as Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers' Market) A weekly farmers market with both outdoor and undercover stalls. There is plenty of lawn space to enjoy the hearty breakfasts available. When White Hat last attended there were specialty wild mushrooms, artisan breads and specialty vegetables.

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Food & Seed Swap at Slow Food Farmers’ Market
As mentioned in the edition of White Hat Food Newsletter focusing on 'Sustainable Food', Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is holding their first ever fruit and veg/seed swap at the Abbotsford Convent Slow Food Farmer’s Market. If you’ve had a bountiful crop this winter and ended up with more fruit and veg than you know what to do with, they’d love you to come along and take part. Not only is this a great opportunity to show off your skills, but to also chat with with like-minded individuals and to have fun. The aim is to get members like yourself talking and discussing the successes (and failures!) of your efforts in sustainable gardening while sharing your produce as well as your knowledge. It’s also a great opportunity to swap some seeds as Spring approaches. There will be SGA volunteers heading along to give you the latest happenings on the PODs project – Productive, Organic and Diverse gardening groups. If you have a passion for gardening, want to connect with your community, meet like-minded people and make a genuine difference to the environment, why not get involved? This will be a fantastic opportunity to network and get your own POD up and running.

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Fountain Gate Farmers' Market
Fountain Gate is a large conventional shopping mall and they have teamed with In Season Markets to present produce from local growers and makers on a regular basis. White Hat has not yet had a chance to check it out and will tell you more once we have done so.

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Frankston City Farmers Market
Local fresh produce direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Gasworks Farmers' Market
A farmers' market selling fresh produce from across the state.

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Girgarre Farmers Produce Market
White Hat can recommend this farmers' market for fresh regional fruit and vegetables wines preserves cheeses and crafts. (Please note it is on the 2nd Sunday of the month - not the 3rd Sunday as claimed in some publications).

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Golden Plains Farmers Market
A genuine farmers market promoting the gorgeous local produce of the Golden Plains region.

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Golden Plains Farmers' Market - Smythesdale
A farmers' market featuring seasonal local produce, live music, flowers and gourmet products.

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Healesville Organic Farmers Market
A small market offering produce direct from the grower and featuring organic breakfasts.

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Heathmont Farmers' Market
A real Farmers Market offering fresh produce from around the region.Over 40 stalls selling the best in good clean food. Great country breakfast. Make your shopping a family affair. When White Hat visited in August 2008 we found a good range of fruit, vegetables, meats, condiments and other produce.

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Home Harvest Exchange - food swap
Exchanging produce has been going on since the earliest days of European settlement and for most born before the 1960s  (and many after that) would have been a regular part of life. With changing lifestyles and serious vegetable gardens, chooks and other livestock disappearing from quarter acre blocks the practice has become less common. However White Hat has recently noticed a growing trend to revive the practice in a more formal manner and where better to do it than Heronswood with its wonderful program of preserving heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables. So locals are urged to bring their excess fresh home-grown produce and go home with someone else's. As the publicity says "Meet the neighbours, swap recipes, build community and healthy living; reduce food waste and food miles; and stretch the budget. Fruit, vegies, herbs, eggs, jams, and other produce. No money exchanged. Bring your produce and a smile. One bunch of parsley is enough."

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Hume-Murray Food Bowl Farmers Market
Meet some of the colourful personalities that grow a diverse range of fruit, vegetables & seedlings, produce chocolates, nougat, honey, wine, free range eggs, jams, ice-cream and so much more. There is a special twilight market from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday 23rd December.

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Hurstbridge Farmers' Market
The Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market, has an emphasis on local fresh food and produce that is grown, reared, caught or made by the person selling the produce. Local producers will be given preference over producers from out of the area and the range of produce on sale will vary from season to season. Products include: free range meats, seasonal vegetables, seasonal fruit, honey, olives and olive oil, baked goods, cheeses, eggs ,seedlings, wine and more. White Hat reminds city dwellers that Hurstbridge is accessible by train and that a Sunday Saver ticket costing next to nothing. Why not make special trip and enjoy a day in community that has retained its country atmosphere?

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Inverloch Farmers Market
Offering a great range of clean, green, local fresh food. "Fall in Love with Local Food"

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Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market
The Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market is held on the fourth Sunday of the month in the heart of the Kinglake township Buy direct from the grower, producer or maker. Producers offer the best local, fresh,seasonal produce.

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Kingston Farmers' Market
Buy fruit & vegies, cheeses, free-range eggs, breads, olive oil, & more directly from the producer. There is a special twilight market from 4 to 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 December 2010

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Koondrook Barham Farmers' Market
Set on the banks of the Murray River amongst the wonderful river red gums and next to the historic bridge, this is one of White Hat's favourite farmers' market locations in Victoria. Local produces is central and the atmosphere peaceful.

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Kyneton Farmers' Market
A monthly farmers' market that showcases the wine and produce of the great central province - right in the heart of Piper Street Kyneton.

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Lancefield & District Farmers Market
Community owned - authentic - farmers market. Fresh local produce - veg - fruit - meat - cheese & other provisions for a more sustainable shopping experience. Free face-painting & music from local buskers.Come down with your bags, baskets and trolleys and support local producers.

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Lara Farmers Market
This is a new farmers market where you will find a wonderful range of fresh local produce direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Lilydale Farmers Produce Market
Lilydale Farmers Produce Market featuring farm fresh produce, variety fresh foods. Easy access and Parking. Over 50 stalls. Organized by Rotary Clubs of Montrose & District, Lilydale and Chirnside Park.

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Maffra Variety and Farmers' Market
The Maffra Variety and Farmers Market offers a unique blend of fresh seasonal produce with stalls showcasing the best Gippsland has to offer. Discover Gippsland's best locally grown produce. Stalls can include: Vegetables/Fruit/Apples Hartdale Venison Seafood / Honey Poultry / Eggs Coffee / Hot Food Wines and Cheese Plants / Flowers Cakes /Biscuits/ Breads Soaps / Cosmetics Arts / Craft / Woodcraft Clothing / Jewellery Games / Toys Bric a Brac /Tools Oils / Incenses and much more

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Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown
The Maldon Market is a monthly farmers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and home grown produce from independent designers, artisans, craftspeople, gourmet food makers, growers and farmers.

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Manningham Farmers Produce Market
A farmers' market featuring a large range of produce including meat, vegetables, seasonal fruit, bread, eggs, olive oil & olives, chutneys, jams Food stalls and tea and coffee are also be available. Entry can be made from either Thompsons Road or Bullen Road and a small entry fee applies. The market is operated by the Templestowe Rotary Club. (Note - it was previously known as the Bulleen Farmers Market)

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Mansfield Farmers Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoFresh regional food straight from the farmer to you  Full information at Mansfield Farmers' Market.

This market has been accredited by the VFMA.

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McKinnon Farmers Market
Buy straight from the former or producer at this new farmers market.

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Metung Farmers Market
A true community Farmers Market held on the picturesque Village Green in the heart of Metung. White Hat can recommend a visit to Metung as one of the more relaxing venues for a farmers' market in Victoria.

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Mont De Lancey Farmers Market
The market is held in the grounds of Mont De Lancey Historical Home, Gardens & Museum situated in Wandin, where you will find Free range beef, Cakes and cookies, Artisan Bread, Wine tasting, Seasonal fruit & vegetables, Olives & Extra Virgin Olive Oil and much more.

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Monty Farmers Market
Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of the peaceful suburb of Montmorency the Monty Farmers Market features all of the fantastic produce that Victoria has to offer. Visit our friendly stallholders at this authentic and diverse farmers market while the kids have fun with the petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting. Gold coin entry (proceeds go to Montmorency Primary School). Please note: There will be an additional twilight market with entertainment from 4pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 21th December 2011

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Moriac Makers & Growers Market

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Moriac Makers & Growers Market
Celebrate all that is sustainable, innovative, hand and homemade at the newest market in the region. Specialising in clothing and textile design, art and jewellery, fresh organic produce and tasty homemade food, the Moriac Makers & Growers Market is where quality and quirky come together. Imagine seeds and stitches, jewellery and jam, sewing mchines and local seasonal produce accompanied by live acoustic music to soothe and inspire. Here craft is cool and excellence is expected! Head to the hinterland and tap into some real country soul. Coming dates: 8th January 2012; 6th May 2012

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Mornington Farmers' Market
This community-run event offers fresh, seasonal food direct from the producer, including vegetables, fruit, local mussels, grass-fed meats, cheeses, conserves, sweet treats and much much more! Live music, breakfast BBQ and other ready-to-eat food available at each market. White Hat suggests that it is worth making this market the centre of a morning out on the Peninsula with family and friends. It is close to playgrounds, the beach and Main Street shopping precinct.

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Moyhu Farmers' Market
A farmers' market featuring fresh local seasonal produce including cheese, fruit & vegietables, breads, relishes, honey and herbs.The market is held in the local Memorial Hall if the weather is wet.

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Mt Eliza Farmers' Market
Come and enjoy the relaxed Sunday market atmosphere, whilst chatting to producers about their growing, rearing and cooking tales. Accompanied by a back drop of live music, children’s activities and the smells of freshly brewed coffee and a cooked breakfast – it’s a morning not to be missed.

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Mulgrave Farmers Market
More than 45 stallholders selling everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to fresh-cut flowers.

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Myrtleford Community Produce Market
An outdoor market with about 20 stalls where local producers sell vegetables, fruit, nuts, plants and other produce in season. Home cooked muffins are also available, Depending on the weather and other circumstances the market may continue for several Saturdays after the Easter Saturday cut-off each year.

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Myuna Market
A not-for-profit fruit and vegetable market.

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Natimuk Farmers Market
Natimuk Farmers Market features a diverse range of regional produce - also trees, straw, organic coffee and cakes, chutneys, sauces, alpaca fleece and more!.No onselling or craft is allowed. Supporting regional growers and performers. White Hat recommends that travellers will find great camping at the Natimuk Lake as well as the traditional camping at Mt Araplies for those that like rock climbing. 2013 dates:

  • 10th March
  • 31st March
  • 9th June
  • 3rd Nov
  • 8th Dec

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Newtown Farmers Market
Featuring a wide range of fresh local produce direct from the Farmer/Producer to you. Fall in love with local food. Full information at Regional Farmers Markets.

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North Essendon Farmers Market
Please note that the North Essendon Farmers Market is now in recess until we are able to return to our original site at Lincoln Park.

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Nyah Lions Market
An outdoor farmers' market which also has secondhand goods and entertainment.

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Organic Farmers' Market
The Organic Farmers' Market complements the Queen Victoria Market's existing organic offer with selected regional producers offering only authentic organic produce. Meet growers and food artisans who truly understand sustainable farming methods. This is an Organic Farmers’ Market and as such all businesses operating from the Market must be registered with one of the recognised organic certifying bodies.

  • Spring: 9am - 4pm, Sunday 5 September 2010
  • Summer: 9am - 4pm, Sunday 5 December 2010
  • Autumn: 9am - 4pm, Sunday 6 March 2011
  • Winter: 9am - 4pm, Sunday 5 June 2011

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Pearcedale Farmers Market
On the way to Mornington call in and check out our fresh food farmers' market of local and regional producers set in a lovely semi-rural environment. Rain hail or shine - Honey,cheese,eggs,meat,gluten free cakes,vegies,native plants,puddings,seasonal berries and much more.

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Port Fairy Farmers' Market

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Preston Farmers Market
Set in a tree lined oval this market offers a range of produce direct from the grower or maker. A small entry fee applies.

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Prom Country Farmers' Market
A farmers' market selling fresh local produce.

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Red Hill Farmers' Market
Be part of the relaxed and friendly atmosphere whilst browsing and purchasing fresh organic vegetables, meat, jams, spices, eggs, a variety of home made pasta, cheese, olive oil, prepared on site hot food, great coffee and much more. Only 60 minutes from the City, marvel at the surrounding vineyards, nearby Arthur’s Seat Look Out, or 100's of things to do - maybe catch up with nat at portc.

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Regional Producers Market
The Regional Producers’ Market at Queen Victoria Market recognises the important link between farm produce, farmers and markets. Located in the centre of the vibrant and bustling Queen Victoria Market, it will showcase food and wine from country Victorian regions including the High Country, Yarra Valley, East Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula. The launch event for Market Week, the Regional Producers' Market will bring to Melbourne the very best of regional Victorian produce and the producers who know it best.

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Riddells Creek Farmers Market
An authenic community farmers market featuring locally grown gourmet food, seasonal produce, wine, olives, honey, eggs, bread, compost, grain, plants, woolen products and much more. Free face painter for young and old and music from local buskers.

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Rowville Farmers Market
Based at Rowville Primary School with its Stephanie Alexander Garden Program, this farmers market offers fresh seasonal produce direct from the farmers, growers and producers. Whether it has been picked, plucked, brewed or stewed you simply cannot get it fresher than fresh at a Farm Fresh Certified Farmers' Market. Rowville Farmers' Market is an authentic market allowing you to meet the farmer/grower/producer face to face, discovering exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown.

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Rutherglen Farmers' Market
A farmers' market featuring a range of local produce including local olive oils and Murray Cod.

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Seaford Farmers Market
A Farmers Market organised by the Rotary Club of Frankston has a wide variety of farm fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, meats, breads and pastas. A small entry donation with proceeds to community projects. When White Hat last visited (Sept 2011) we enjoyed the pleasnt atmosphere down by the creek. This market is perhaps a little lighter on for vegetables than many farmers markets but makes up for that with its varities of oils, condiment, meats and other produce.

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Slow Food Farmers' Market
A farmers' market in the spirit of the international slow food movement featuring farm fresh & organic seasonal fruit, vegetables, seedlings, flowers, hersbs & juices plus breads, olive oil, eggs, rare breed and free range meat, chooks, fresh & smoked fish, home made condiments, specialist cheeses. This is a plastic bag free market so BYO trolley, basket & bags. A small entry fee applies.

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South Gippsland Farmers Market
A Farmers market selling fresh vegetables as well as fresh Rabbits, hormone free beef, fruit,cheese, wines, and many other produce all locally made.

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Spotswood Farmers Market
What was once somewhat of an industrial wasteland Spotswood is now a vibrant and groovy seaside suburb. With a strong organic feel the Spotswood Farmers Market will be high on the must-do list for locals and residents of surrounding suburbs Yarraville, Newport and Williamstown. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting. Gold coin entry (proceeds go to Spotswood Primary School).

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Sunraysia's Farmers' Market
The locally renowned Big Breakfast consists of produce procured from the stallholders is one of the draw cards of this market as well as the wonderful array of fresh foods on offer. There are stalls displaying goods ranging from honey, vegetables, jams, plants, baked goods, fresh flowers, dried fruits, oils, olives, wood fired bread, meats & more. Local entertainment, didgeridoo playing & cooking demonstrations are all a regular feature of the market.

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Talbot Farmers' Market
A community farmers market featuring local wineries, fresh fruit and vegies, and a large variety of stalls to reflect the diversity of the region from Ballarat to the Grampians to Hepburn, Mt Alexander and the Central Goldfields. Including live music, locally grown produce, tastings, food, wine and more. Talbot is between Clunes and Maryborough.

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Tallarook Farmers Market
Visit this quaint town nestled in the foot of the Tallarook Ranges just one hour out of Melbourne, easy access via Hume highway or by train. To be held at the Tallarook Mechanics Institute. Purchase from a selection of locally grown produce including fruit, vegetables, honey, mushrooms, eggs, olive oil, wine, breads, nuts and be entertained by the 'Spotted Quolls'. A delicious day out. More info at

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Tatong Farmers' Market
A farmers' market with local produce.

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The Caulfield Market at the Racecourse
Gourmet seasonal producers and growers mixed with hand made local boutique crafts. Dates for 2014 to be announced.

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The Substation Farmers Market
A farmers' market with produce and artisan foods on offer at every market and stallholders will include growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables including organics and heirloom varieties. There is also some free-range meats, milk and cheeses, baked goods, olive oil, preserves, honey, wine and flowers.

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Traralgon Farmers' Market
Selling fresh regional produce from around Gippsland. This market is now operated by the Lions Club of Traralgon as from Sept 2008.

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Trentham Farmers' Market
Trentham's authentic Farmers Market has a selection of dairy and goats cheeses, fresh honey, eggs and live poultry, preserves, potatoes and sourdough breads, organic and conventional produce, olive products, plants and fresh flowers, organic and conventional wines and an assortment of natural farm products.

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Veg Out St Kilda Farmers' Market
Fresh & organic produce at Veg Out Community Garden. White Hat recommends a visit to this market if you are interested to see what can be achieved when a suburban bowling green is converted into a community vegetable garden. We should also mention that although the Veg Out title implies vegetarians only, omnivores are catered for. White Hat can recommend this as one of Melbourne's better farmers' markets, with a good atmosphere and a wide range.

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Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market
Over 150 stalls featuring home baked goods, fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs (often direct from the farmer), toys, clothes, pottery, hand made gifts, plants,and books. White Hat recommends that anyone travelling along the Hume Highway on the second Saturday of the month makes the short diversion off the highway for a pleasant break.

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Wellington Farmers Market - Sale
Grow it, make it, bake it Market. Lots of in season fresh produce, jams, sauces, chutneys, free range eggs, cheeses, wines, venison, cakes, gluton free products, hand made soaps and fragrances, flowers, native plants and lots more.

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Werribee Central Farmers Market

Food lovers can find a wonderful array of goods including olive oil, a variety of gluten free goodies that will send your tastebuds into a frenzy. Gorgeous artisan products include, breads, baked goods, jams, relishes, boutique beer and many more unexpected gastronomically pleasing delights. And for the green thumb, we can only delight – from native plants to herbs. Full details at Werribee Central Farmers Market

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Wheelers Hill Farmers Market
Fall in love with local food. When White Hat visited this market in August 2008 we found a good range of fresh produce in the very pleasant surrounds of Jells Park. Full details at

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Whitehorse Farmers' Market
White Hat can recommend this market with farm-sourced and organic produce set in pleasant parkland as one of Melbourne's better farmers' markets. It has quite a range of stalls and a good balance of produce from fruit, veg and meats through to chutneys and olive oils.

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Williamstown Farmers Market

Farmers markets are first recorded in Williamston in the 1840s. The tradition has been revived in the original Market Reserve (now Robertson Reserve) with farmers markets twice a month. More details at Williamstown Farmers Market.

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Yarra Valley Regional Farmers Market
Founded 12 years ago the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers’ Market is the longest running farmers' market in Victoria. Held on the third Sunday of each month at the award winning Yering Station winery, the Farmers’ Market features produce made and grown by some the regions’ best producers. Speak to the producer while purchasing fresh seasonal fruit, juices and vegetables, locally baked bread, biscuits, pies and fudge, the best jams and preserves, cheeses, coffee, beer, pasta, locally grown flowers, olives, eggs, honey, meat and much more.

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Yarraville Gardens Farmers' Market
Organic Fruit & Vegies, Eggs, Organic Breads, Olive Products, Wines, Plants incl Indigenous, Pestos/Dips, Organic Coffee, Cheeses, . Grassed areas for sitting, picnicing, children's playground, dog park. Plenty of parking. The market is set in a pleasant community park and White Hat recommends it as a good place to let the kids (and the dog) run around while you pck up some healthy food. Further details at

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Yarrawonga Farmers' Market
North East Victoria is renowned for a large diversity of produce including wines, nuts, olives, stonefruit, apples, prime beef, lamb, vegetables, honey, cheese and citrus. The Murray Cod, indigenous to the Lake Mulwala and the River Murray is also farmed and sold at this market. Organic tea also. The rich diversity of farm produce at this farmers' market entices anyone interested in food or foodie products. It is also a great way to meet and chat with regional producers.


Defunct Markets

We are still awaiting confirmation of the status of the Tyabb Farmers' Market in 2009

To the best of White Hat's knowledge, the following markets no longer operate:

  • Ararat Farmers' Market
  • Bayswater Farmers' Market
  • The Cardinia Ranges Farmers' Market has been taken over by the Rotary Club of Pakenham and is now called the Rotary Pakenham Farmers' Market
  • Docklands Farmers' Market
  • Endeavour Hills Farmers' Market
  • Fitzroy Street Farmers Markey, St Kilda
  • Frankston Farmers Market (not to be confused with Frankston City Farmers Market) has closed
  • Hamlyn Heights Farmers Market
  • The Harcourt Farmers' Market has been relocated and rebranded and is now the Castlemaine Farmers' Market (see above)
  • Highlands Farmers Market Craigieburn
  • Holmesglen TAFE Farmers' Market
  • Kangaroo Ground Highland Farmers' Market
  • The Knox School Farmers' Market
  • The Korumburra Farmers Market has been resumed under community management as the Coal Creek Farmers’ Market
  • We believe the Lake Boga Farmers' Market has not operated since 2006
  • Loch Farmers Market
  • Manningham Community Produce Market
  • Mornington Farmers Market
  • North Melbourne Farmers' Market
  • Pakenham Farmers' Market
  • Pascoe Vale Farmers Market
  • Pentridge Market
  • Point Cook Farmers Market
  • Queenscliff Harbour Farmers' Market
  • Sanctuary Lakes Farmers' Market never got started
  • Sorrento Farmers' Market
  • Shepparton Farmers' Market
  • Southbank Farmers Market - due to unavailability of the site, Southbank Farmers Market will not be running in 2015
  • Templestowe Farmers Market
  • Thornbury Farmers Market
  • Tyabb Farmers Market
  • Viewbank College Farmers' Market (did not commence)
  • Warrnambool Growers Market on the Green
  • Werribee Farmers' Market
  • The proposed Werribee Park Mansion Farmers' Market has been replaced by the Werribee Park Market
  • Williamstown Producers' Market
  • Winchelsea Farmers Market
  • The Yarra Glen Station market has moved to Kinglake and is now called the Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market
  • Yarra Valley Fresh
  • Yarrunga Farmers' Market

Some related pages

Food Stores in Melbourne

The White Hat Guide to Food Miles

The White Hat Guide to SOLE Food

The White Hat Food Newsletter

 Potato varieties

 Energy Efficient Buildings in Melbourne


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You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.

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