This market clearly has a strong following and loyal customers. I arrived at 9.30am and the place was bustling with stalls, families, kids, seniors, people arriving on bikes with kids in bike carriers and even one kid on a skateboard.
This market is organised by the Melbourne Farmers’ Markets who spread their tentacles wide by organising the Veg Out, the St Kilda, Fairfield and the Collingwood Farmers’ Markets and the Slow Food Market at Abbotsford. With this calibre of organisation you can be assured that the produce here is of the standard expected by VFMA.
Come and meet the farmers and growers directly, listen to their journey, their passion about their produce. It was nice talking to one gentleman who said his veggies had only been picked four hours before he arrived at the market and set up. Not all stalls sell organic produce but you can tell that everything has been grown with care and love of food.
I spoke with the creator and owner of Take Me Home (picture below) home made pastas, gnocchi, sauces, pizza bases and pasta meals. I’m his virtual client – single mother, working full time with three teenage kids and time poor. Take Me Home is the answer to my dreams with home made, healthy, delicious meals ready to go.
And how more local can you get than this family business being made by hand in Coburg. With the recent purchase of five acres in Thorpdale, Gippsland, they can ensure the quality of their product is maintained by growing some of their own ingredients. I also love their slogan “we have taken the time preparing so that you don’t have to.” You can find more information on their website here or their Facebook page here.
I also spoke with the owner of Weyhill Farms who grows not only garlic but makes salt with a variety of garlic blends. Check out their website and some of their Tips & Info here and learn something, like I did about storing garlic. I found the Weyhill Farm story charming – ‘we fell in love with the place on after taking a wrong turn on a weekend drive.’ Now that’s serendipitous.
With live music and a large assortment of food to dine on while you shop, the Coburg Farmers’ Market is a wonderful place to visit. Bring the kids – the whole market merges around the playground with plenty of seating and undercover area for sunny days or inclement weather.
Being a regular market, people can stock up on their favourite items such as olives, pasta, fresh veggies, seedlings, eggs, freshly made breads, chickens, pastries, wine & cider – and so much more.
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along as this is a plastic bag free market. 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.
OPENING HOURS: 8am to 1pm. Operates every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
PARKING: There are a number of places to park around the Primary School and there is no ticket required. Please take care as it is a little tight when there are lots of cars and people coming and going from the School.
TRANSPORT: There is a bus that stops on Bell Street and from there it is a short walk. For more information please click here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on concrete paths. Lots of space between stalls.
ATM: The nearest bank is some distance away BUT – they have an ATM on site. Woo hoo!
ENTRANCE FEE: Gold coin donation.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available to the left of the entrance as you come in and include disabled facilities.
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