Pack some extra reusable shopping bags, your supermarket this weekend is a SUPER market where the produce is so fresh it may even still have a little dirt on it!
Buy direct from the farmer and fill your bags with seasonal nourishing, nutrient-filled fruit and vegetables that will inspire your weekly meals. No hassle parking and all just an hour from Melbourne – relax into some country vibes with most markets offering free entertainment and things to do, and loads of lovely handmade arts and crafts offering one-of-a-kind delights for gifts and home.
A weekend market is the hallmark of the ‘slow’ living, relaxed lifestyle we just know is good for us.
Here are the top market experiences in Nillumbik that will have you reinventing shopping and making a regular weekend pilgrimage. (Hint: you can even take in two markets on a Sunday!)
Remember, you can always click here to find our market diary and what markets are on in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
The St Andrews Market is an institution on the market scene and is a must go to. Regulars each week include freshly brewed chai, amazing coffee and a great selection of cuisine including vegan and gluten free options, art and craft, fresh produce, and pre-loved, vintage and retro items and a variety of casual stalls. Wander the market and the township for some extra good vibes.
The Eltham Farmers’ Market is one of the best genuine farmers’ markets in Victoria. Offering a great choice of fresh, local, seasonal produce (sweet treats, condiments and a food swap) together with great entertainment and a special Eltham ambiance. Dogs welcome.
Local regional produce is the hero of the Hurstbridge Farmers market with a wide range of Nillumbik farmers and growers in attendance. Buy free range meats (including pork, beef and buffalo), fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables, olives & extra virgin olive oil, honey, eggs, cheeses, bread, wine, gluten-free products and a range of specialty produce. This market is serious about sustainability, locally grown food, waste reduction and reducing food miles.
The Kinglake Market delivers yumminess at every stall: Plants, coffee, fresh produce, chutneys, relishes, fruit pies, soaps, sauces, candles, juices, cakes/slices, children’s activities, hot food (sweet & savoury), gift ideas, wine, soaps, quilts…and growing all the time! Look out for the sewing bees to make your own reusable ‘boomerang’ shopping bags.
Be prepared and have some cash in your pocket. Some of these markets are gold coin donations for entry – a small price to pay for one of the best shopping experiences you’re likely to ever have!
Make a weekend of it and market hop around Nillumbik!