This was one of the smallest Farmers’ Markets that I’ve been to and speaking with a few of the stallholders, it appears to be losing some of it’s momentum. That’s a shame because this market is in a prime location with lots of through traffic and with the roar of a football match starting on the nearby grounds, there was certainly plenty of passing trade.
I counted 21 stallholders and so many had lovely local, Yarra Valley produce on offer. I hope the RFM is able to support and encourage more people to have a stall and encourage shoppers to visit as well.
Take producer Ariss from The 3 Bees. His honey is locally produced and beautifully packaged. A visit to his website here is a must as he definitely practices what he preaches. There are recipes, information about honey, a blog post about why bees are dying and more. Check out the blog post here. You can also taste test the different types of honey with my favourite being the Jarrah honey because it has so many good healing properties as well as tasting delicious. You can find The 3 Bees on Facebook and Instagram (#the3beeshoney) Credit: the header photo is from The 3 Bees website.
The next stall that caught my eye was Benny’s Berries just at the entrance on Hewish Road. I spoke with Maria who produces beautiful fresh berries and seems I grew up just near their farm, buying my strawberries from their little cart out the front of their property. It’s a small world. Benny’s Berries website in it’s infancy but stay tuned. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram (#bennysberries).
If you have the time, test out their jams as well made with their own home grown berries in the Yarra Valley. These would make a beautiful gift for family or friends.
I’ve tried Robyn’s Soaps at a friend’s house who has sensitive skin and it smelled delightful. This is a family business made with locally grown products. They also make 100% Olive Oil soap, 100% Coconut Oil soap, Goatsmilk soap and new to the range is a luxurious Camel’s milk soap. Hmm, wonder what camel’s milk soap is like? Anyway, this is why I love Farmers’ Markets because you are getting back to grass roots of produce. You can find more information about Robyn’s Soap House on their website or on Facebook or Instagram (#robynsoaphouse)
Ahhh cheese. Life wouldn’t be worth living without cheese. If I’d had more time I would’ve stopped and drooled but the clock was against me today – next time I’ll introduce myself and learn more about The Cheese Lady. Although I will admit that I have bought this cheese at the Royal Melbourne Show in 2014. What a treat.
Even though this market is small, it’s worth a visit to see what is showcased by local producers. With a strict criteria by the Regional Farmers Market, this should encourage other premium businesses to share their produce with the public.
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 find more information here. Or ring Peter Arnold on 03 5664 0096. You can email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website at www.rfm.net.au
LOCATION: Hewish Road, Croydon
PARKING: There are a plenty of parking spots along Hewish Road out the front of the market. You can alternatively park in the carpark near the cinema 10 metres west across the road. There is also good parking near the swimming pool to the east.
TRANSPORT: There are buses and trains to Croydon. You can find more information here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on path under trees. Lots of space between stalls. In the wet can be a little boggy.
ATM: The nearest is in the Main Street of Croydon 300m west of the market. There you will find ATM’s from all the major banks and other institutions.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
FOOD: There isn’t alot of food here but worth trying what’s available. Otherwise, make your way up to Main Street and explore some of the cafes.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available at the oval and include disabled facilities. Click here for more information.
Website – www.rfm.net.au
On Facebook – Croydon Farmers Market
On Instagram – no account but #croydonofarmersmarket or #croydonfm
Twitter – no account but #croydonfarmersmarket or #croydonFM
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