10 first-rate farmers markets you must attend
The smells of a sizzling barbecue; the temptation of hot coffee; rows of fresh, seasonal produce and home-grown delights; a lively and communal atmosphere – welcome to the local farmers’ market.
There’s something alluring about visiting a farmers’ or produce market, especially when you’re on holidays. These lively events provide the tastebuds with an opportunity to experience the culinary strengths of the region you’re visiting.
On any given weekend, you’ll find dozens of first-class farmers’ markets somewhere around the country. Don’t miss these beauties on your travels.
1. Margaret River Farmers' Market, Margaret River, WA
Locals and visitors converge on this buzzing market each week to get their hands on a vast assortment of goodies. Margaret River is one of Australia’s premier food regions and the market upholds this reputation by ensuring its stallholders are restricted to producers from the local area and surrounds. Among the usual fare of seasonal fruit and vegetables, breads, and cheeses are mouth-watering treats that include chocolate and nougat.
When: Every Saturday; 8am-12pm.
Where: Margaret River Education Campus, Lot 272, Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Visit: When staying at BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.
2. Albany Farmers’ Markets, WA
With an abundant selection of fresh produce that’s come straight from the grower, this weekly market is a favourite for locals and visitors. Like the Margaret River Farmers’ Market, this offering has a strict local flavour – stallholders must come from the Great Southern region and grow the produce themselves. The result is a market that provides both quality and quantity in its produce. The dairy range warrants particular mention.
When: Every Saturday; 8am-12pm
Where: Collie Street, Albany.
3. Farm Gate Market, Hobart, TAS
The beat of the Tasmanian capital thumps a little harder each Sunday morning as crowds converge on this centrally located market. Tasmania receives widespread acclaim for its mouth-watering and diverse produce and it’s easy to understand why when you listen to the passionate growers talk about their craft. Complementing the enviable array of fresh, seasonal goodies are street performers and other entertainment that ensures this is one of Australia’s most popular farmers’ markets.
When: Each Sunday; 8.30am-1pm.
Where: Bathurst Street, Hobart.
4. Willunga Farmers’ Market, SA
South Australia’s first farmers’ market has grown to become one of the best and is a permanent fixture in this welcoming town, which is spotted on the fringes of the McLaren Vale Wine Region. The market has a motto of ‘Meet the grower and taste the region’, so stallholders are predominantly from the Fleurieu Peninsula region. However, you can also sample goodies from Kangaroo Island, which has a well-regarded foodie scene.
When: Each Saturday; 8am-12:30pm.
Where: Willunga Town Square, Willunga.
Visit: When staying at BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.
5. Victor Harbor Farmers’ Market, SA
Victor Harbor is one of South Australia’s favourite holiday spots, and the local weekly market capitalises on this appeal by snatching a picturesque seaside location. It’s the perfect backdrop to this vibrant market, which specialises in showcasing sumptuous produce from across the Fleurieu Peninsula region. Kids’ activities and other entertainment adds further appeal.
When: Each Saturday; 8am-12.30pm.
Where: Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor.
Visit: When staying at Port Elliot Holiday Park.
6. Noosa Farmers’ Market, QLD
This is a classic Australian farmers’ market, helped by its gumtree-cloaked location that creates a relaxing and warm atmosphere. The Sunshine Coast is responsible for producing an array of top-notch goodies, and it’s all on display here. Sip on fresh lime drinks, sample tasty olives and jams, and grab fresh bread to pair with delicious cheeses. The jumping castle is a great addition for families.
When: Every Sunday; 7am-12pm.
Where: Noosa Australian Football Club, Weyba Road, Noosaville.
Visit: When staying at Active Holidays BIG4 Noosa.
7. Talbot Farmers’ Market, VIC
The charming historical Goldfields town of Talbot is the ideal setting for a farmers’ market: soak up the alluring atmosphere of these village-style surrounds. Gold once flowed throughout this region, but these days the treasure is found on the tables of the 80-odd stalls that showcase a wealth of great food. The market attracts a crowd in the thousands each month, which is further evidence of the strength of the local produce.
When: Third Sunday of the month; 9am-1pm.
Where: Scandinavian Crescent, Talbot.
Visit: When staying at a BIG4 park in the Goldfields region.
8. Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers’ Market, Melbourne, VIC
The idyllic farm setting of this monthly meet belies its inner-city location and makes for a truly authentic Australian farmers' market experience. The atmosphere is lively as dozens of stallholders showcase a generous assortment of high-quality goodies, from free range meats and handcrafted cheeses to fresh bread and delicious jams and chutneys. The onsite farm will keep little ones entertained (fees apply).
When: Second Saturday of each month; 8am-1pm.
Where: St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
Visit: When staying at a BIG4 park in Melbourne.
9. Mudgee Farmers’ Markets, NSW
Like most of the leading farmers’ markets around Australia, this event is restricted to stallholders that only sell local produce. And in a prized food and wine region like Mudgee, this means you can be assured of high-quality goodies. In fact, let your palate run wild in this church setting and you’ll soon discover the produce is simply divine. A wide assortment of fresh goods – from meats to sweets – can be sampled each month.
When: Third Saturday of the month; 8:30am-12:30pm.
Where: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Church/Market Street, Mudgee.
Visit: When staying at Active Holidays BIG4 Mudgee.
10. Carriageworks Farmers’ Markets, Sydney, NSW
The former Eveleigh Rail Yards building makes a great setting for this bustling weekly gathering that attracts producers from across the state. It’s a feast for the senses and the mix of sights, smells, and tastes is sure to captivate. The market’s emphasis is on organic produce, and interacting with stallholders is strongly encouraged. If you’re looking for the ideal start to the day, Bird Cow Fish is highly regarded for its breakfast offerings.
When: Every Saturday; 8am-1pm.
Where: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh.
Is your favourite farmers’ market on our list? Or do you have a great recommendation we need to know about? We’d love to get your thoughts in the comments section below.
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