All great cities have a bustling central food market, or smaller local markets, where you can go and browse the endless stalls to learn about the culinary habits of the people who live there. Going to a genuine food market can tell you more about a region’s cuisine than visiting many of its restaurants. Barcelona’s La Boqueria, London’s Borough Market, New York’s Union Square Green Market and the myriad of local markets in seemingly every Parisian square, are just a few. Most Australian cities boast farmers’ markets, or at least good quality food markets, which showcase local produce, host cooking classes and provide an array of entertainment. Australia has over 160 markets registered with The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association, located in both urban and rural areas.
In Brisbane, there are the Jan Powers Farmers’ Markets, located in the city centre, as well as in a number of suburban locations, selling fresh farm produce from the local region, city-based food products, artisan breads, flowers and plants, organics and food-related products, all showcasing the huge diversity of ethnic, regional and food-trend products. Other markets have rapidly emerged across town, including The Bakery Lane Providore Markets in Fortitude Valley, the Northey St Organic Markets, Cannon Hill Markets, Davies Park Market at West End, Mt Gravatt Markets, Eagle Farm Markets, Red Hill Farmers’ Markets, Fig Tree Farmers’ Markets – and the list goes on….
Sydney has a vast array of farmers’ and organic markets, including the Carriageworks Farmers’ Markets, Northside Produce Market, Parramatta Farmers’ Market, Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market at Pyrmont, EQ Village Markets, Organic Markets at various locations across Sydney, and Bondi Farmers’ Markets to name a few. The Sydney Sustainable Food Markets, in Darlinghurst, aim to be more than just a farmers’ market – they promote sustainable, organic produce in a community atmosphere complete with cooking classes, live music and educational workshops.
In Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market on the northern edge of the CBD, the Prahran Market and the South Melbourne Market are covered, permanent fixtures, open most days of the week. At the Queen Victoria Markets, you can enjoy a culinary tour, a cooking class, or take a masterclass with a renowned chef, creating a three-course meal whilst learning insider tips and tricks along the way. The Prahran Market also offers cooking classes, as well as regularly coming alive with musical and visual arts entertainment. At the South Melbourne Market, you can also add to your enjoyment with a cooking class, masterclass or lunch with a chef. The Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association also recommends a host of other markets in Melbourne and surrounds.
In Adelaide, The Adelaide Farmers’ Market has two locations – the showgrounds each Sunday and Prospect each Thursday – whilst in Perth you can head to the Kyilla Community Farmers Markets in North Perth, the Leederville Farmers Market, the Perth City Farm Organic Growers’ Market, the Subi Farmers’ Market, or the Victoria Park Farmers’ Market, to name a few.
The trend towards understanding where our food comes from, how it is grown, and by whom, doesn’t seem to be abating, which is good news for the growth of farmers’ markets around the country and our ability to access the freshest, most diverse produce on offer!
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