Published 11 September 2019
It doesn’t matter what day of the weekend you’re coming to Nillumbik, you can be guaranteed there’s a market to explore.
Pack some extra reusable shopping bags, your supermarket this weekend is a SUPER market where the produce is so fresh it may even still have a little dirt on it!
Buy direct from the farmer and fill your bags with seasonal nourishing, nutrient-filled fruit and vegetables that will inspire your weekly meals. No hassle parking and all just an hour from Melbourne – relax into some country vibes with most markets offering free entertainment and things to do, and loads of lovely handmade arts and crafts offering one of a kind delights for gifts and home.
A weekend market is the hallmark of the ‘slow’ living, relaxed lifestyle we just know is good for us.
Here are the top market experiences in Nillumbik that will have you reinventing shopping and making a regular weekend pilgrimage. (Hint: you can even take in two markets on a Sunday!)
St Andrews Market – every Saturday
This market is an institution on the market scene and is a must go to. Regulars each week include freshly brewed chai, amazing coffee and a great selection of cuisine including vegan and gluten free options, art and craft, fresh produce, and pre-loved, vintage and retro items and a variety of casual stalls. Wander the market and the township for some extra good vibes.
Eltham Farmers Market – every Sunday
The Eltham Farmers’ Market is one of the best genuine farmers’ markets in Victoria. Offering a great choice of fresh, local, seasonal produce (sweet treats, condiments and a food swap) together with great entertainment and a special Eltham ambiance. Doggos welcome.
Hurstbridge Farmers Market – 1st Sunday
Local regional produce is the hero of this market with a wide range of Nillumbik farmers and growers in attendance. Buy free range meats (including pork, beef and buffalo), fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables, olives & extra virgin olive oil, honey, eggs, cheeses, bread, wine, gluten-free products and a range of specialty produce. This market is serious about sustainability, locally grown food, waste reduction and reducing food miles.
Bollygum Market, Kinglake – 2nd Sunday
A beautiful market in a beautiful and unique childen’s park location. For animal lovers there are Doggo Treats and pony rides. Enjoy the magic of Bollygum while browsing the wide variety of stallholders including local produce, handmade craft items, clothing, jewellery, plants, books, collectables, food, drinks and much more.
Eltham Craft and Produce – 3rd Sunday
Form more than 40 years this market has been a destination for quality homemade, grown and handcrafted products, and fresh, tantalising produce. Enjoy a community atmosphere, eat some tasty food, take home a gift, buy some fresh fruit and veg, listen to good music or find special artistic ornaments or craft work. Baby goods, toys, pet portraits are just the beginning.
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market– 4th Sunday
Yumminess at every stall: Plants, coffee, fresh produce, chutneys, relishes, fruit pies, soaps, sauces, candles, juices, cakes/slices, children’s activities, hot food (sweet & savoury), gift ideas, wine, soaps, quilts…and growing all the time! Look out for the sewing bees to make your own reusable ‘boomerang’ shopping bags.
Be prepared and have some cash in your pocket. Some of these markets are gold coin donation for entry – a small price to pay for one of the best shopping experiences you’re likely to ever have!
Make a weekend of it and market hop around Nillumbik!