farm­ers’ mar­kets

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VIC­TO­RIA Al­ph­ing­ton Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, ev­ery Sun­day

Al­ph­ing­ton is a new weekly farm­ers’ mar­ket — one of many man­aged by the Mel­bourne Farm­ers’ Mar­kets who, in part­ner­ship with Sus­tain, The Aus­tralian Food Net­work and oth­ers, has cre­ated the Mel­bourne Food Hub. This am­bi­tious project will in time in­clude a farm­ers’ de­pot (to pro­vide a city base and as­sist with a more stream­lined dis­tri­bu­tion of goods); a com­mer­cial kitchen (to sup­port small food busi­nesses and serve as an ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre); and an ur­ban farm­ing space. Right now, ev­ery­one’s ex­cited about the mar­ket, which has a ter­rific roll­call of pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing King­fisher Citrus, El­don Trout Farm, Day’s Walk Farm, Golden Plains Honey and Streat, a so­cial en­ter­prise bak­ery. Lo­cals are thrilled that a mar­ket has opened in their area, but the fact that Al­ph­ing­ton is on the train line also means that Mel­bur­ni­ans are trav­el­ling from all over for the ex­pe­ri­ence. Mel­bourne In­no­va­tion Cen­tre, 2 Win­grove Street, Al­ph­ing­ton. (Op­po­site the Al­ph­ing­ton rail­way sta­tion.) 9am–1pm. (03) 9499 3400; mfm.com.au

NSW/VIC­TO­RIA Al­bury Wodonga Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, ev­ery Satur­day

True to their twinned na­ture, Al­bury and Wodonga share host­ing du­ties of this pro­duce mar­ket, al­ter­nat­ing weekly. Mary Done from Wymah Or­ganic Olives and Lamb (now there’s a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion) is still bask­ing in her suc­cess at re­cent Aus­tralian Olive As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tions. Wil­low­bank Farm, which sits on the Mur­ray River mid­way be­tween Al­bury and Wodonga, sells grass-fed beef and sea­sonal veg­eta­bles. There are sev­eral spe­cialty pro­duc­ers who take part in the mar­ket: Peechelba Pro­duce, who grow saf­fron and gar­lic that cus­tomers will­ingly travel for and Mi­lawa Bread, a team of ar­ti­sanal bak­ers who pro­duce bread and pas­tries made with flour ground that day. For a bril­liant start to the day, you won’t be able to go past a break­fast of Ruther­glen Berk­shire ba­con and Good Lookin’ Googees egg roll. Al­bury: Hovell Tree Park, Wodonga Place. Wodonga: Gate­way Vil­lage, Lin­coln Cause­way. 8am–12pm. 0477 016 617; al­bury­wodon­ga­farm­ers­mar­ket.com

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