My local Ocean Grove friend brought me here as we are big fans of markets, garage sales, secondhand stores and op shops. She knows I love a Farmers Market so off we trotted. Clearly this market is in its infancy but off to a good start.
This is a ‘produce only’ market with the main aim to bring together local farmers, community gardens, backyard growers and producers to provide fresh food and produce direct to the public. Centralising this at Ocean Grove seems to have paid off.
We all know the benefits of reducing our food kilometres but more importantly it’s about buying local, supporting locals and sharing produce and products that you know are made by passionate people. Bonus points – it keeps money in the community and away from the conglomerates.
The market was started by Sally Waites who has a passion for food, family, friends, her community and the environment. Being brought up in a small country town, she fully embraced the close-knit lifestyle and that brought to fruition the Bellarine Community Farmers Market.
Feel free to do a taste test at some of the stalls that are offering. The local oil is soooo good and the croissants are to die for.
There are sometimes buskers playing for your entertainment. Pony-rides are there often. A great playground nearby. Plus you can also walk into the main strip of Ocean Grove where there are the big guns like Coles.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at this market you can email Sally on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0418 141 208.
OPENING HOURS: 9 am to 1 pm third Saturday of every month.
LOCATION: Corner Draper Street & Presidents Avenue, Ocean Grove
PARKING: Hodgson Street playground car park or surrounding streets.
TRANSPORT: By car travel via Barwon Heads or Bellarine Highway. From Geelong via Grubb Road and follow the BCFsMarket signs. By bus check here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access but it is on grass so if it’s been raining it could be boggy. Would be fine if you are using a walking frame or cane.
ATM: Not one on site but click here to find ATM’s in Ocean Grove. Ideally bring cash and small notes.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Dogs are welcome but please have them under control and clean up after their mess. On hot days make sure they get a drink.
FOOD: There are a few food stalls and I’m sure as this grows there will be more.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets near the playground.
On Website – no website
On Facebook – Bellarine Community Farmers Market
On Instagram – Bellarine Community Farmers Market @bcfm #bcfm #bellarinecommunityfarmersmarket
Twitter – #bcfm
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