It’s no secret that I love markets. Wherever I am, a visit to the local markets is usually my first stop. I’ve been spending a bit of time in Melbourne lately so it was a good opportunity to check out the farmer’s markets here.
The Collingwood Children’s Farm Market is unique.
This farm, with the Yarra River winding around it, is in one Melbourne’s inner suburbs, only four kilometres from the centre of the city.
During the week it’s a great place to bring the children to see the resident animals.
On the second Saturday of the month, it hosts a fabulous farmer’s market. Started in 2002, this was the first farmer’s market in Melbourne and is still one of the best.
The old farmhouse still stands as a reminder to a bygone era.
As you walk down to the market, you pass the farm’s own vegetable gardens and vines.
Children love the ‘chook pen’. The feather footed chickens look like fluff balls.
Further on is the milking shed where, twice a day at 10am and 4pm, you can try your hand at milking Heather, the very patient cow.
Once a month, the farmer’s market takes over the paddock
A great atmosphere is created with stalls side by side on the perimeter and hay bales dotted around to sit on.
A fabulous selection of fruit and vegetables are available. Organic chocolate, olive oil, fabulous dried fruit, organic chicken and beef, farm fresh eggs and cheeses and yoghurts are available.
As the seasons change, so do the producers.
I was amazed to see a stall just selling walnuts
Fresh and roasted chestnuts were also available.
Stay for the Farmer’s Breakfast.
Collingwood Children’s Farm Market
St Heliers St
Eveyday from 10am – 4pm
Market day is the 2nd Saturday in the month from 8am -1pm
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