Alongside brunch at the latest healthy hotspot, visiting the local farmers’ market has become the foundation of a foodie’s weekend. And it’s easy to see why. You’re directly supporting local growers as well as avoiding overcrowded supermarkets. Not to mention, the fresh produce, beautiful flowers, and artisan cheeses.
So if you’re looking to freshen up your grocery routine (literally), then check out our roundup of Australia’s best markets. They’re teeming with tasty, locally produced goods (hello taste testing!), so be sure to go on an empty stomach.
The best farmers’ markets in Australia
Carriageworks Farmers Market
Oozing charm and jam-packed with seasonal produce, as well as creative arts, Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is a must visit! Keep your eyes peeled for pop-ups from Flour and Stone and Billy Kwong too.
When: Saturday 8am – 1pm.
Where: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW.
Byron Bay Farmers’ Market
Byron Bay Farmers’ Market is your one stop shop for all your culinary needs. Expect great food, coffee and produce from local suppliers.
When: Thursday 8am – 11am
Where: Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay, NSW.
Capital Region Farmers’ Market
Check out this market for all the locally grown fruit and veggies, freshly baked bread, fresh-cut blooms and coffee you could ever need. Plus, there are stalls that specialise in pet treats, so take your furry friend along.
When: Saturday 7.30am – 11.30am.
Where: Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT.
Slow Food Farmers’ Market
Featuring over 60 stalls, this picturesque market has an abundance of everything from local meat, fruit and vegetables to nuts, eggs and cheese. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to stop by Dr Marty’s Crumpets.
When: 4th Saturday of every month, 8am – 1pm
Where: St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC.
Gold Coast Organic Market
When: Sunday 6am – 11.30am.
Where: Miami State High School, Miami, QLD.
Barossa Farmers’ Markets
Bursting with produce (like locally made olive oil and non-homogenised milk), the Barossa Farmer’s Markets are a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Swing by Delight Full for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan treats.
When: Saturday 7.30am – 11.30am
Where: Vintners Sheds, corner Stockwell and Nuriootpa Roads, Angaston, SA.
Margaret River Farmers’ Markets
The Margaret River Farmers’ Markets have been going strong for over 13 years, and for good reason. Expect local gourmet delicacies, entertainment, a breakfast bar (that raises funds for charity), and a coffee van.
When: Saturday 8am – 12pm.
Where: Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, WA.
Farm Gate Market
Everything sold at Farm Gate Market must be grown or produced in Tasmania and only the people who grow, raise, produce, extract or pluck the goods can trade. We recommend trying their signature Sourdough doughnuts with seasonal fillings.
When: Sunday 8.30am – 1pm.
Where: Bathurst Street, Hobart, TAS.
Dine on fresh Vietnamese rice paper rolls, listen to live music, have your tarot cards read, or pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables at this bustling marketplace.
When: Sunday 6am – 2pm.
Where: Pavonia Way, Nightcliff, NT.
Take inspiration from your farm-fresh bounty and get creative in the kitchen. Click here for some of our favourite savoury recipes.