Local produce at its best – regional Victoria’s top farmer markets

Mornington Farmers' Market

Mornington Farmers' Market

Regional Victoria is known for producing some of the most delicious and freshest produce in the country. Farmer markets are the source of seasonal fresh food where travellers and locals can relish in home-grown goodies, taste crispy fruit and vegetables, palate succulent meat and indulge in cheese and wine all year round. Here are some of our top picks for regional Victoria farmer markets:

Goldfields

Castlemaine Farmers Market
Located in Victory Park in the centre of historic Castlemaine, the Castlemaine Farmers Market includes over 50 stallholders from the region showcasing a large range of local produce including wine and beer. The market also features baby farm animals for the kids to play with. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month from 9:00am-1:00pm. Victory Park, Castlemaine 

Talbot Farmer’s Market
Known as one of the best farmer’s market in the country Talbot Farmer’s Market, located two hours from Melbourne, supports an evolving display of over 80 stalls of regional produce, organic products, fresh bread, cheese, meat, wine, stock feed, freshflowers, plants and seedlings. The market includes music and the famous barrow raffle which is literally a wheelbarrow packed with produce and products donated by stall holders where the winner takes the entire contents of the barrow. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 9:00am–1:00pm. Scandinavian Crescent, Talbot 

Gippsland

Bairnsdale Farmer’s Market
Visitors can discover the finest produce in Gippsland including pure honey, lamb, berries, fudge, home-made ice cream, cheeses, dips, pesto’s and marinates at Bairnsdale Farmer’s Market. Not to mention the large variety of organic bread and smoked meats that can be paired with the region’s best local wines making for the perfect hamper to take home. Held on the 1st Saturday of every month from 8:00am–12:00pm. Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, McKean Street, Bairnsdale 

Metung Farmer’s Market
The Metung Farmers Market overlooks the Gippsland Lakes and showcases local in-season produce including organic fruit and vegetables, chocolate and other home grown goods. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8:00am-12:30pm. The Village Green, Corner of Kurnnai Avenue and Metung Road, Metung 

The Murray

Hume Murray Farmers Markets, Albury Wodonga
One of the region’s little gems, the Hume Murray Farmer’s Market in Wodonga is hosted by a range of  producers and farmers who offer everything from fruit, vegetables, honey, and free range eggs to jams, relishes, pasta small goods and fresh cut flowers. Visitors must also try the famous bacon and egg sandwich with a cup of fresh coffee for breakfast. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8:00am-12:00pm. Gateway Village, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga

Koondrook- Barham Farmers Market
The Koondrook-Barham Farmers Market is held on the banks of the Murray River in the small town of Koondrook. The market gives local growers a chance to sell locally and to show off the areas’ finest and seasonal produce. Cooking classes for kids are held at 10 am where they can cook their way around the market using the markets fresh ingredients. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 9:00am–12:30pm. James Park, Koondrook

High Country

Mansfield Farmers’ Market
Located in the heart of Mansfield, the Mansfield Farmer’s Market offers fresh regional produce from the farmer to the stall. Artisan producers include Hook and Spoon, Strathbogie Ranges Estate Olive Oil, Lochelian Cheese, Boonderoo Bread, Long Lane Capers and plenty more. Held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 8:00am-1:00pm. High street, Mansfield  

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula Farmer’s Market
The Mornington Peninsula Farmer’s Market offers seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, local seafood, cheese and wine plus an array of other gourmet specialties from the Mornington Peninsula and other surrounding areas. The market also includes kid’s entertainment, breathtaking views over Port Phillip Bay and freshly made coffee and delicious breakfast options. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8:300am–1:00pm. Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington

Great Ocean Road

Golden Plains Farmers’ Market
Visitors and locals can fill up their baskets with organic eggs, La Madre Sourdough, Spring Creek Organic Vegetables and garlic from Ross Creek Garlic at the Golden Plains Farmers Market in Bannockburn a short drive north of Geelong. The market showcases the very best of the region’s produce and also has a herb and veggie garden for DIY growers. There is live music and creativity stalls to keep the whole family entertained. Held on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00am-1:00pm. Milton Street, Bannockburn

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley Farmers’ Market
Founded over 12 years ago the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers’ Market is the longest running market in Victoria. Held in the historic barn at Yering Station in Yara Glen, 50 minutes from Melbourne, the market is a lively place busy with music, arts and crafts, fun activities and delicious fresh produce. Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00am-2:00pm. Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

Marysville Farmer’s Market
Located in the country town of Marysville, the farmers market offers a range of fresh local delights including preservers, jams, chutneys, plants, lavender products and wine as well as a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. Held on the 4th Sunday of every month from 9:00am-1:00pm. Main street, Marysville 

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