This was only the second time that the market ran and already they’ve found their mojo. Based out of the 120 year old Wonga Park Primary School, this Farmers’ Market has taken a proactive stance in having quality growers and suppliers showcasing and selling their wares.
With so much fresh local produce on offer, it is a culinary delight to explore the produce and chat with the growers and makers. You will find here a diverse range of products and can say that I actually saw no double up of providers – which is a deliberate strategy on the part of the organisers.
Some of the delicious items on offering are:
- Free range eggs
- Honey, jam and preserves
- Baked delights
- Fresh flowers
- Freshly baked bread
- Fruit and veggies
- Spices and herbs
As always, buying directly from the producers is showing your support for the industry but eat healthy, locally grown food.
Cutting down the food miles is also an important component of Farmers’ Markets. Consider the amount of kms that it takes to be eating cherries in Australia in July (from the USA). Check your taste buds at the door and eat seasonally grown food.
If you are hungry, there are a number of oh so delicious stalls – calamari, gozleme, poffertjes, coffee and more.
I felt blessed to talk to Colin who brings hay in for people to buy. What a man. At 74 still working the land and one of the most passionate men I’ve met about his life and what he contributes. His honesty and candidness was refreshing and I felt lucky that he was able to share his story with me.
You can also visit the School’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden which is used productively at the school.
As always, I ask that you bring your own bag so no plastic bags are used and of course, bring small notes rather than $50 ones that are dispensed by ATM’s.
I invite you to speak with the stallholders. Their wealth of knowledge and journey with their produce is often one that is missed in the rush of buying your bits and pieces.
You will enjoy the easy-going atmosphere of this market. How could you not?It’s in Wonga Park surrounded by bush, vineyards, horse riding, large acreage homes and vistas that are beautiful.
The lemonade (above) was oh so sweet. Just delicious. Well worth buying some and don’t forget to talk to the stallholder. She was delightful.
Look at these flowers (above). Irresistible and were a great gift for my mother later that day.
Oh dear, these treats above were a must buy and had to take some home for a test drive in my kitchen.
The market is conveniently undercover with a large elevated roof which means this is an ‘all weather’ market – yeh! This means you can be assured it will run every month.
There is also a compost bin on site, so if you have something that is appropriate for it – please use it. Now that’s forward thinking.
STALLHOLDERS: Not currently taking on new stallholders but follow them on Facebook and see what unfolds.
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 1pm. Operates the fourth Saturday of every month.
LOCATION: Wonga Park Primary School, 41 Dudley Road, Wonga Park, Victoria.
PARKING: There is plenty of parking in the school carpark on Dudley Road or along the street but please be careful of other cars and please don’t block residents driveways.
TRANSPORT: Public transport is a little challenging so probably best to get here by car.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access. Lots of space between stalls.
ATM: There isn’t an ATM in Wonga Park so please bring along enough money and not rely on the vendors to have EFTPOS.
ENTRANCE FEE: Gold coin donation at the gate please which goes to the projects at the Wonga Park Primary School.
DOGS: Dogs not permitted but you can tie them up at the front gate. Please clean up if they make a mess and don’t leave them for too long without water.
FOOD: Great selection of gozleme, poffertjes, fresh fruit and more.
TOILET FACILITIES: The school toilets are opened up for the market and are wheelchair friendly.
Website – no website
On Facebook – Wonga Park Farmers Market
On Instagram – no account but #wongaparkfarmersmarket or #wongaparkfm
Twitter – no account but #wongaparkfarmersmarket or #wongaparkfm
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