I did a little reading before coming to this market and found a lovely summary on their website:
These days, it’s rare to find a project designed to deliberately slow things down. ‘Going global’ comes before staying local; commerce comes before community; and before you know it you’re into the rush and grumble of a supermarket fast-lane wondering how it all got so impersonal. The Mulgrave Farmers Market takes the ‘con‘ out of consuming, providing a fair deal for everyone, keeping money local, and helping to grow community spirit at the same time.
Certainly when I visited I found this statement to be utterly true. The produce is farm fresh and many of the visitors are regulars who come here to buy their weekly produce. One stallholder told me that no matter what the weather – they are here ready to serve the public.
This market also supports a charitable project called The Wise Foundation, with every dollar raised going towards this worthy cause. You can check out their website here.
This market was established in 2009 and many of the stallholders have been with them since the beginning. On other weekends at the same site there are Rummage & Rescue Market and the Mulgrave Makers Market. These are held the 3rd and 4th Sunday respectively in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market.
Food – there is so much good food to eat. As usual I tried the gozmele and had a very nice Belgian frappe for $5. But you can also try pies, satays, bacon and egg rolls and much more. You can eat undercover at tables as well – if you wish to avoid the sun or rain.
Yes, the queen of face painting was having a break (below) however I was fortunate to see many of her masterpieces on little kids dancing around the market. Tigers, cats, fairies and more. $5 for the pleasure.
There is not only fresh produce but also stalls that sell candles, soaps, beeswax, teas and of course – fresh flowers. You can find a full list of stallholders here.
At special times throughout the year there are extra large markets such as Easter and Christmas. I’m told these are ver popular with everyone and has a good turnout
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along as this is a no plastic bag market. 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 click here to find more information.
OPENING HOURS: 8am to 1pm. Operates every Sunday plus a Twilight Market prior to Christmas.
LOCATION: Located on the grounds of The Body Shop’s HQ, Mulgrave (enter from Jacksons Road, corner Wellington Road)
PARKING: Parking is free onsite although it is somewhat limited. The earlier you are the more change you’ll secure a good parking spot.
TRANSPORT: There are buses that drive nearby. For more information, please click here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on concrete (car park). Lots of space between stalls.
ATM: There is an ATM onsite just inside the main building at reception.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
FOOD: So many choices – gozmele, bacon and eggs rolls, cakes, pastries, orange juice, satays and more
TOILET FACILITIES: Available inside the main building.
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