At first I thought it was an unusual place for a Farmers’ Market set amongst the multi national stores, mass-produced products, imported clothes and large-scale farmed food. But I changed my mind. It is in fact the perfect place for a Farmers’ Market to show others how you can connect with where your food comes from and the growers. And so the first Eastland Farmers’ Market began on the most delightful autumnal day in April.
This market has been established in partnership with Eastland Shopping Centre and has been cleverly sited along the Melbourne Street Town Square which fronts Maroondah Highway and will have plenty of passing trade for those exploring the popular eateries around the Town Square.
Showcasing all that The Yarra Valley has to offer, you will find a great mixture of wares. With around 30 stalls today (but I’m sure there will be more into the future) you can browse:
- Fresh Fruit & Veggies
- Cut flowers
- Bread and baked goods
- Jams, preserves and honey
- Olive oil
- Nuts and seeds
An example of the quality of the products is the picture above. Happiness In A Teacup who focus on quality, organic loose-leaf tea and is hand blended. Their aim is to inspire customers to experiment, try new blends and try new preparation techniques at home.You can find them on Facebook here.
As always I’d 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 ring 9419 0826
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 2pm. Operates every Sunday of every month except in January.
LOCATION: Melbourne Street and Town Square, Ringwood, 3134 (Eastland Shopping Centre on the Maroondah Highway side)
PARKING: There is plenty of parking at Eastland which has a limit of four hours.
TRANSPORT: There is a bus stop and train station across the road. For more information, click here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled on solid pavement. Lots of space between stalls.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
FOOD: Great selection of food however, the market is placed right near the restaurants and cafes of Eastland.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilet facilities around 50m from the market. Follow the signs.
Website – Local Food Connect
On Facebook – Melbourne Farmers Market
On Instagram – Melbourne Farmers Markets or #eastlandfarmersmarket or #eastlandfm
Twitter – Melbourne Farmers Markets or #eastlandfarmersmarket or #eastlandfm
Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Eastland Farmers’ Market. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.