Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Yering Station Farmers’ Market


Tagged: , , , , , , ,

The Yering Station Farmers Market began around 1999 and is held the third Sunday of every month in the well-known ‘Barn” of Yering Station Winery. The Farmers’ Market features unique homegrown / homemade produce from stallholders around the region in the Yarra Valley, featuring jams, pickles, pastry items, cakes, bread, vegetables, fruit, olive oil, pies, flowers, coffee, cider, fudge and so much more.

Chopper parked on the grounds of Yering Station

On the day I visited, it was a stunning Yarra Valley autumnal day with sun shining, light breeze, a band playing, the lawn spread out with people and 100’s and 100’s of visitors. Leaves floating to the ground, trees starting to show their bare branches and the light of the region a little crisper with the fresh air. Traffic was busy getting into Yering Station but there was plenty of parking.

Kids will enjoy the wide open spaces where they have plenty of room to spread their wings and explore through the gardens and grounds or join in with the musicians as they entertain the crowd with their own style of country/jazz/indie sound.

Having visited dozens of Farmers’ Markets – note that this is what I’d call a ‘classy’ market. All the stalls are beautifully arranged, the displays are elegant and swanky, the packaging is gorgeous, the stallholders are passionate and everything is local and fresh. This is the place to buy those special treats and gifts for yourself and others.

This is not a huge market, with most of the stalls inside ‘The Barn’ with a few more on the entrances on the north and the south side. There are also food stalls on both sides to the entrance where you can try poffertjes, paella, pizza and more. Check out the paella stall here. But don’t let the size fool you, because what’s on offer is unique to the area and the quality of a very high standard.

I spoke with Jam Lady Jam from Healesville whose story itself is interesting. From Opera Singer to jam maker, her journey is different to say the least. Sourcing produce local where possible, her jams aren’t just jams but have a diverse range of uses in cooking such as a glaze on chicken or a marinade on pork. Go to her website and check out all the different ways you can use her products here.

And don’t forget to pick up some jam for your man! No really, the jam is wonderful and you can taste all of the range at the market as well as other products that Jam Lady Jam are creating.

Now that’s a cake! One of the incredible designs from My Little Cake Dream. Something different for a wedding or perhaps a special occasion. Check out the cute little Hey Kitty cupcakes on their Facebook page here.

There are good offers on the day such as the 4 cupcakes for $12 (above) which were the most delicious little cakes I’ve had in a long time. Made by Sarah of My Little Cake Dream, the are light as a feather, sweetly delicious without being sickly and the flavours are totally unique. Find more information on My Little Cake Dream here

This stall (above) had the most lovely Pokara mix which I meant to pic up before I left but forgot. Next time.They also sell spices, dukkas, herbs and savoury blends. You can find more information about their products here.

You have to taste test Fudge by Rich. This stunningly packaged fudge comes in several flavours and the stall has quite a few little tasting bowls where you can choose your favourite fudge to take home. For more information, you can check out their equally stunning website here.

You could spend the day here starting with the market, then exploring the wine tasting area, perhaps lunch in the restaurant or bring a picnic and blanket and spread out on the expansive lawn and listen to the music. There is something for everyone 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

OPENING HOURS: 9am to2 pm. Operates the third Sunday of every month.

LOCATION: 38 Melba Highway Yarra Glen. (Yering Station Vineyard, Yarra Glen, Victoria)

PARKING: There is plenty of free parking at onsite. It gets very busy from 11.30 – 1.30 so if you don’t like traffic, come early.

TRANSPORT: There is a bus that drives by Yering Station. Find more information here.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on concrete (car park). Lots of space between stalls.  

ATM: There are no ATM’s on site but there are some in Yarra Glen, approximately 2kms north. (Westpac and ANZ + EFTPOS at supermarket)

ENTRANCE FEE: Free entry. 

DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under owners control. Not allowed in the Barn.

FOOD: Yering Station has its own restaurant but at the market there are a number of food stalls. Check out the Paella stall here. Bring a picnic on a sunny day and listen to the music on the rolling lawns.

TOILET FACILITIES: Available onsite. Follow the signs.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website – Yering Station Farmers Market 

On Facebook – Yering Station Farmers Market – but there isn’t much there

On Instagram – no account but #YeringStationFarmersMarket

Twitter – #YeringStationFarmersMarket

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Yering Station Farmers’ Market. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy marketing.

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s