There are two Flemington Markets- one is the Farmers’ Market which is what I’ll write about here and the other is the Flemington Racecourse Market which I will write about in the near future. This market was previously known as the Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers’ Market before it relocated to Debney Park Secondary College and then to Mt Alexander Secondary College.
The FFM is a regular weekly market that has been running for a number of years at Mt Alexander Secondary College. It has two claims to fame. 1. It’s Melbourne’s first Farmers’ Market that was established with the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association accreditation and 2. It’s Melbourne’s only weekly Farmers’ Market. 2010
This isn’t a market where you’ll find face painting for the kids or handbags. It’s a seriously highly quality food expedition where fresh is best. And like this chalk board from Misty Springs – We Grow It We Make It.
This photo of the flowers (below) are one of a several I took as they were just so beautiful and fresh and generous in the quantity in their bunches.
I tested out the chickpeas myself and yep – they are delicious. I WILL be making some hommus this week. The owners of this stall also had some dips (photo above) that were soooo tasty. If I wasn’t spending a day in the car, I would’ve bought some for lunch this week. I also took a video of the gozmele being made which you can view here.
Today I met Robyn from Misty Spring Jams who happens to live in Yea in rural Victoria, not far from where I used to live in Alexandra. Robyn and her family live off the grid and have their own fruit trees which they harvest themselves to make their range of jams, jellies, chutneys and spreads. Listening to her stories and how she loves what she makes shows how many of these stallholders put passion over profit. I couldn’t resist the Crab Apple Jelly which I haven’t tasted in years, no one seems to make it anymore. If you’d like more information about Misty Springs go here.
The market is well supported by not just the school community by all the locals. People arriving on their bikes with toddlers in bike seats, prams, walking, even skateboarding.
The pears, figs, kale, spinach and other fresh vegetables and fruit were something to behold. All in season and grown locally.
I didn’t have a chance to try to Chai Tea but next time will buy some for my daughter who is a big fan of Chai.
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along so plastic bags don’t have to be used. Also try to bring smaller notes. We all know that the ATM’s dispense $50’s and stall holders are prepared for that but when so many people turn up with larger notes it becomes problematic for them.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market you can call Don Linke on 0407 411 198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 1pm. Operates every Sunday. Sometimes there is an extra market just prior to Christmas.
LOCATION: Mt. Alexander Secondary College, 175 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
PARKING: There are plenty of free parking spaces along Mt. Alexander Road with unlimited time.
TRANSPORT: There are trams, trains and buses that you can use to access the market. For more information go here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access. Lots of space between stalls. In the wet it may be a little boggy.
ATM: The nearest ATM is 200m northwest up Mt Alexander Road.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
FOOD: Culinary treats are on offer here. Gozmele, pies, cheese, chicken wings, freshly squeezed juice, great coffee and more.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available near the entrance to the market including disabled facilities.
On Facebook – Flemington Farmers’ Market
On Instagram – no account but #flemingtonfarmersmarket
Twitter – no account but #flemingtonfarmersmarket
Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Flemington Farmers’ Market. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.