Farmers Markets are making a comeback, and it’s no surprise considering the ample supply of fresh local produce they have on offer. Luckily for us, Canberra has a number of great local farmers markets offering quality home grown produce and locally made products.
Why not explore this weekend and experience the vibrant and lively atmosphere of the marketplace, while also stocking up on delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and meat.
These are my picks of the Best Canberra Farmers Markets.
1. Capital Region Farmers Markets
A Canberra institution, the Capital Region Farmers Market is one of the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands.
This bustling market has over 100 stallholders it is not only great for getting your hands on some local food but there is also lots to do. The many amazing vendors sell a fantastic range of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and so much more. There are also a number of stalls, which sell ready made food you can enjoy there.
When: Every Saturday, 7.30am - 11.30am
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Canberra,
Entry Cost: Free
2. Southside Farmers Market
Another great place where you get to meet and talk face to face the people who grow and produce the food you eat. The Southside Farmers Market will supply you with all the fresh and seasonal produce you need for your weekly shop. The market has a great range on offer from around 50 stallholders each week - including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, cooking sauces, condiments, baked goods and much more. They also boast a great offering of certified organic and biodynamic produce.
Once you’re done collecting your haul you can sit back and relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, and maybe even a crepe, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.
When: Every Sunday, 8am – 11:30am
Where: At the back of CIT Southside Campus, Corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip
Entry Cost: Free
3. Murrumbateman Village Market
On the second and fourth Sunday of each month, the Murrumbateman Village Market puts on its offerings, just on Canberra’s doorstep off the Barton Highway
Enjoy the relaxing rural atmosphere, meet and chat with some amazing local producers and take in all the amazing goods on offer.
The regular stalls include fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, olives and olive oil, beef, native plants and produce from local gardens. There are even alpacas and alpaca products, which the kids are sure to enjoy. And for the parents, a number of local wineries feature in the marketplace, with their drops on display and available to sample.
When: 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month, 9am - 1pm
Where: Recreation Grounds, Barton Highway, Murrumbateman
Entry Cost: Free
4. Hartley Hall Markets
On the first Sunday of each month Hartely Lifecare organises and puts on the Hartley Hall Markets, held at the picturesque Hall Village Showground, just 10 kilometres north of Canberra.
As well as being a fantastic family friendly market, with great scenery, fresh food, live entertainment and kids activities, the proceeds from the markets go towards helping Hartley Lifecare, a Canberra-based, not-for-profit organisation, that provides a range of disability services including residential and respite care, outreach programs.
There are up to 300 stalls offering a variety of products including food, locally grown vegetables and fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, children's toys, arts and crafts, unique gifts and more.
When: First Sunday of every month (except January), 10am - 3pm
Where: Hall Village Showgrounds, Gladstone Street, Hall
Entry Cost: By gold coin donation helping to support Hartley Lifecare
5. Choku Bai Jo
While not technically a farmers market, Choku Bai Jo stands for the same fundamental values of selling local produce for local people, but with the convenience of being available throughout the week.
The shop was set up as an extension of the two of Capital Region and Southside farmers markets, which the owners had been heavily involved in. The goal for the shop was to give farmers another outlet for their fresh produce while making it easier for the public to access fresh produce.
As well as the fresh produce picked every day from Gleann na Meala (certified organic growers from Hall), the shop also picks up other regional produce from Young, Cowra, Picton and Sydney. They also have produce dropped off from areas like Leeton, Batlow, Marulan and Cowra.
When: Monday to Friday, 2pm-7pm and 8am-1pm Saturday.
Where: North Lyneham Shops off Cossington-Smith Crescent, and Curtin Shops.