I have just moved (hello north side!) and boy was I happy when I realised that we had a regular farmers market around the corner. Every two weeks the gates open outside Carlton Primary School and the yard is littered with little tents filled with goodies. There’s a gold coin donation on entry, from which all the money goes to school projects.
Even though my first (but definitely not the last!) visit was on a school holiday and some of the vendors weren’t there, I was impressed by the offerings and the quaintness of it all. We wandered through, and started our visit with some edibles, because who isn’t always hungry? A quick iced coffee, freshly pressed juice and some quick bites from the BBQ we started what we came there for: shopping.
The market might not be the biggest around but it sure offers great variety and pretty much everything you could ask for. Our shopping baskets and tote bags were brimming by the end of the visit, full of goodies from the stalls. How about some certified organic vegetables? We picked up a few giant broccoli heads, snow peas and carrots, and I can’t wait to get on cooking with them. For all you meat lovers out there (that would be my new housemates), McIvor Farm has a stall offering free range, pasture-raised, ethically grown meat. Even I, a vegetarian of 15 years, can high-five that!
I really could go on and on (like about the bread, oh the bread! European style or Flinders Sourdough, whatever rocks your boat) but I’m tired and I need to go to bed. Just go there (or simply find your closest farmers market, there’s also one in Southbank, Newport, Collingwood, Coburg, Albert Park, Fairfield and Abbotsford Convent, just pick and choose!) and check it out for yourself.
The Carlton market is held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month and the next one is scheduled for the 7th of February. You can count me in!
Carlton Farmers Market
Carlton Primary School, corner of Palmerston and Rathdowne Streets
1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month between 8am – 1pm
Gold coin donation on entry