The Ultimate Guide to ALL Yarra Valley Farmers Markets (2018)

Yarra Valley's produce and sustainable ways of growing and delivering the freshest ingredients to us has (literally!) grown exponentially in the past 5 years.  More and more, people are looking for ways to eat healthier, more delicious food that is not only good for their well-being, but also good for the planet.

With such a focus on organic food production, reducing food miles and reducing waste of food, markets are now the go-to and part of people's weekly shopping habits.  The Yarra Valley boasts a variety of farmers and craft markets.  Here is our ultimate guide to all the Yarra Valley Farmers Markets to add to your diary this year:

1. Farmer’s Market at Yering Station is Victoria’s longest running monthly market established by the Yarra Valley regional food group.  Here you can purchase direct from the grower, producer or maker with little to nil 'food miles'. 
When?

9am – 2pm Third Sunday of each month

Where?

Yering Station (based in a gorgeous, historic barn)

What?

Plenty of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic breads, meats, chocolates, coffee & beans, sweets, desserts, homemade pastas, locally grown flowers and more!

2. The Yarra Valley Permaculture Organic Market is a small vibrant market set up under the trees at Coronation Park, on river street Healesville.  Here you can purchase locally grown certified Organic, Uncertified Organically-grown produce along with seasonal produce which have not chemical sprays at an affordable price.

When?

8am – 1pm Every Saturday

Where?

Coronation Park, River St, Healesville

What?

A variety of fresh vegetables and herbs, seasonal fruit, nuts and berries, wood-fired oven baked sourdough breads, cold-pressed honey, locally-roasted ethically sourced coffee, goats milk cheeses and soaps, free-range pastured eggs the list goes on!

3. Hurstbridge Farmers Markets has a range of stallholders from Nillumbik and surrounding areas  offering free range meats, fresh seasonal produce and a range of specialty products and produce.    The markets have a gold coin entry fee and all proceeds supporting the community. 

When?

8:30am – 1pm   First Sunday of each month (excluding January)

Where?

Fergusons Paddock, Arthurs Creek Rd, Hurstbridge

What?

Certified organic dairy products, organic coffee, free range eggs, beef and lamb, smoked meats and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, gluten free products, olives, boutique locally made wines and so much more.

4. Farmer’s Market at Wonga Park is set in the gorgeous township of Wonga Park held at the 120 year old Primary School, the market has a relaxed atmosphere with shared tables, local buskers and panoramic views.  Here you can buy direct from local farmers and enjoy quality roasted coffee while enjoying a tasty market brunch.  A gold coin on entry supports the Wonga Park Primary School.

When?

9am – 1pm Fourth Saturday of each month (excluding January and December)

Where?

Wonga Park Primary School, 41 Dudley Rd, Wonga Park

What?

Fresh fruit and vegetables, pastured lamb, artisan smallgoods, cheeses, sourdough breads, raw honey, free range eggs, pasta, baked goods, preserves, handmade chocolate, organic spices, fruit juices, locally roasted coffee, wine, craft beers and ciders and more.

4. The Upper Yarra Community Market  was first held in 1982 at the old Yarra Railway Museum and was started with the aim to support the Upper Yarra community.  Money from the stalls are donated to support various charities including the SES, fire brigade, ambulance and other local community groups.

When?

8:30am – 2pm Second and Fourth Sunday of each month

Where?

Yarra Junction Football Oval, 1 Park Rd, Yarra Junction

What?

The market is quite famous for its abundance of regional produce (including fruit, vegetables and nuts), plants, rugs and local homemade crafts.  

5. Situated in picturesque Bellbird Park Lilydale craft and produce market is well known for its fresh local produce is one of the main reasons to visit the  There is also a wide variety of tasty treats, craft stalls, plants, the pricing ins affordable and there is plenty on offer to keep the kids entertained.

When?

8am – 1pm First Sunday of each month

Where?

Bellbird Park, Swansea Rd, Lilydale (next to Lilydale Lake)

What?

Grain fed beef, range of farm fresh fruit and vegetables, smallgoods, gourmet cheese, jams and chutneys, free range eggs, bakery items, plans, flowers, food stalls, jumping castle and animal farm for the kids and a variety of craft stalls.

So grab a pen and mark on your calendar all of the Yarra Valley markets dates, discover farmer and craft markets this weekend and the story behind the food you eat to support local farmers and producers.  Buying direct from the locals helps you better understand how your food is produced and the seasons connected to them, it supports the local community and all the while you reap the benefits of delicious fresh produce and have a greater opportunity to explore further afield.