Well it doesn’t take long for the monthly Nagambie Farmer’s Market hosted at Tahbilk Winery to come around each month. As we approach this month’s Nagambie market we have been wondering about our favourite local markets and what makes them special.
Farmer’s Markets are an increasingly popular activity for Australians. Doesn’t it just make you feel warm and fuzzy, wrapped up in your winter woollies with your material tote in hand…planning out your afternoon of cooking up a storm with a new recipe with freshly sourced produce, an opportunity to grab a coffee and eat, eat, eat?
We just love them.
Not only is it a great way to meet and greet your community it is also the perfect place to learn about what’s in season. To grow an appreciation of the hard work farmers put into growing and making clean produce in Australia. Meet their smiling faces and talk about their passion for the land.
In Australia most Farmer’s Markets are registered with the Australian Farmer’s Market Association (AFMA). AFMA is a voluntary organisation created in 2003 as a way to connect Farmer’s Market organisers, support their development and ensure best-practice of those markets across Australia.
If you hop onto the AFMA website you will be able to search across Australia and find a registered farmers market closest to you – those listed being committed to the principles of the AFMA Charter and best practice operating standards. If you search near Nagambie you will find an array of registered markets, including the Nagambie Farmer’s Market
So, our top three Farmer’s Markets in Victoria has taken some consideration (and we have removed our own which ps. We think is a pretty fabulous place so we’re not biased!). In Victoria we really are spoilt for choice but these are our top picks:
Second Saturday of every month (8am – 1pm)
Apart from being based in a serious “must visit if you have small children” location there is an abundant amount of beautiful produce here. Entry into the market comes with a $2 fee which will also give you access to the Children’s Farm for the day. Our parting word – pat the Guinea Pigs.
PICK #2 / Violet Town Farmers’ Market
Second Saturday of every month (8.30am – 1pm)
We can’t go past this ‘local-ish’ favourite. Violet Town is about 40 minutes’ drive north of Nagambie. This market has had an amazing history. Established in 1978 and still a thriving market today driven by some passionate locals. The wood fired pizzas here are an absolute favourite we recommend you don’t miss them. Our top tip – bring your own bags.
PICK #3 / Red Hill Community Market
First Saturday of the month (September – May / Closed Winter) (8am – 1pm)
Lucky last and alas NOT a registered Farmer’s Market but we couldn’t not mention it because it is so enjoyable and the ethos is home grown, home-made, hand-made products. Plus it is your last opportunity before winter to tag along and see why we like it so much! It is a huge market over 300 stalls of passionate artists, inventors, producers, bakers and creators from all over Victoria. Get a long and have a look. A little reminder – Parking $4
Round up the family, hop in the car and plan your next Farmer’s Market adventure.
In the words of Julia Child – infamous Chef – ‘You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated master pieces just good food from fresh ingredients’.
Hats off to you Julia.