What I love about this Farmers’ Market apart from being local to where I live, are the wonderful stallholders and the connection they have with their produce, their fellow stallholders and the passion they have for markets.
What’s more, this market has been accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association (VFMA). It is a Local Food Connect initiative. What does that mean? Local Food Connect (LFC) is a not-for-profit, community group which connects local growers and eaters. They connect backyard growers with other backyard growers, and then connect the general population with their local growers, farmers and producers. Click here to find more information.
At the market, there is a marquee that has plenty of information on the VMFA, Local Food and more. Drop in and meet Gus and Marina to find out more.
There are a diverse range of stallholders selling fruit, veggies, pastries, bakery items, condiments, wine, cider, plants, cheese, seedlings, fresh juice and soooo much more. In fact most of the stallholders are within the Nillumbik and Banyule area and many others are within 50kms from Eltham.
I was delighted to meet Sue from Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese and the journey they’ve come from in making and producing high quality cheese. Their website is packed with the history of the farm, Tasting Notes, where to buy their products and more. Well worth a visit.
How good does this box of mixed vegetables look? A selection from Sugar Loaf Produce, a small organic farm located at the base of Mt. Sugarloaf and the Kinglake Ranges. As 5th generation to farm this property, their knowledge and passion for their produce is infectious.
This market isn’t just about food – there is also live music (below). Quietly playing in a corner of the market, this lovely gentleman strummed away on his guitar with some lovely tunes. It was so cute to see a three-year old put money into his guitar case as a donation then took it back, then put it back in, took it away and finally put the coins back into the case – plus a few more coins.
I had a lovely long chat with Jan from Shaws Road Winery and the journey that they’ve had in bringing their product to the market. Their aim is produce premium wines from estate grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels. Check out their website here which also has plenty of information not just about their Winery but other events they are a part of.
Love the name of this cider – Cranky Mike. It’s a new venture and by the look of the product, it’s going to be a big hit with a name like that.
Bring your boots and your camera and be part of Boots for Change, a national farmers’ market initiative asking people to show their support for their local farmers by wearing their boots when they shop at their local farmers’ market . For more information click here.
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 click here or contact 0407 431 366 or email ElthamFM@gmail.com. There are no fees or permits to be part of this market although there is a $10 per year fee to join Local Food Connect – bargain!
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 1pm. Operates the second and fourth Saturday of every month. On every second Sunday there is also a bonus Community Market Stall. On every fourth Sunday there is a bonus Food Swap from 10am to 11am.
PARKING: There is plenty of free parking at the Woolworths carpark north of the market or underground carpark below the market. There is also plenty of parking available nearby, in both Circulatory Road, which runs along the Eastern (uphill) side of the town centre, as well as in Dudley and Arthur Streets.
TRANSPORT: There is a regular train service from Melbourne to Eltham via the Hurstbridge line. For train times go to Metro Trains. The market is a 5 minute walk from the station and bus terminus, which are on the west side of Main Road.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on concrete (car park). Lots of space between stalls.
ATM: There are plenty of ATM’s nearby including Westpac, Commonwealth, National and Bendigo Bank.
ENTRANCE FEE: Free entry.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
FOOD: Try the number of food stalls where there are plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas to protect from the elements or you can try some of the local cafes.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available 100 west of the market.
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