Farmers Markets. Photo credit: Talbot Farmers Market.

Ballarat Regional Farmers Markets: the Complete, Up-to-Date Guide

Here’s our complete guide to farmers markets (and mixed markets that include local produce) within roughly an hour’s drive of Ballarat.  We’ve included a map so you can see where they are, and a calendar so you can keep track of what’s on when.

Feature image credit: Talbot Farmers Market

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Ballarat Farmers Market Map


Farmers Market Calendar

Almost every Saturday and Sunday year round, you’ll be able to find a farmers market within about an hour’s drive of Ballarat.  Most markets run on a “Nth day of the month” schedule, such as the first Saturday or the third Sunday of the month.

First Saturday:

Second Saturday:

Second Sunday:

Third Saturday:

Third Sunday:

Fourth Saturday:

Fourth Sunday:

Fifth Saturday:

Last Sunday:


Avoca Riverside Market

Fourth Sunday of the month, 9am

Location: Avoca River Flats, Cambridge & Dundas Streets, Avoca (map)

The Avoca Riverside market includes fresh produce, local specialty food and wine, crafts, community raffles, and all you’d expect from a regional market.  There are over 50 stalls in all.

Facebook: AvocaRiversideMarket

Ballan Farmers Market

Second Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: The Mill Cottage, 96 Inglis Street, Ballan (map)

Ballan’s market has more than 30 stalls, including a variety of local produce and artisan food products.  It’s located in the beautiful surrounds of the Mill Cottage. The Ballan market is run by a non-profit who donate their proceeds back to the local community.

Website: Ballan Farmers Market

Facebook: BallanMarket

Beaufort Market

First Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Beaufort Memorial Park, Cnr Havelock and Livingston Streets, Beaufort, Victoria (map)

The Beaufort market is a mixed market featuring local produce, crafts, collectibles, and more.

Website: Pyrenees Shire Council – Beaufort Market

Facebook: Beaufort Market

Bridge Mall Fresh Produce Market

Harmony Garlic stall showing jars of garlic products

Harmony Garlic, from Gordon just east of Ballarat, are one of the stallholders at Bridge Mall. They stock fresh and preserved garlic products.

1st Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Bridge Mall, Ballarat, Victoria (map)

Bridge Mall Fresh Produce Market is centrally located – about as central as you can get, in fact! – in Ballarat’s CBD.  Situated right in the retail strip and close to a wide range of shops, you can do your farmers market run and then manage all your other weekend errands in one trip.  The market has a mix of fresh produce, prepared foods, and activities for the family.

Website: Bridge Mall Fresh Produce Market

Facebook: Bridge Mall Fresh Produce Market

Buninyong Village Market

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Last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Buninyong Town Hall Precinct & Masonic Hall, Buninyong, Victoria (map)

Website: Buninyong Village Market

Facebook: buninyongvillagemarket

Clunes Farmers Market

2nd Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Collins Place, Fraser Street, Clunes, Victoria (map)

The town of Clunes closes off its main street for the market each month, so you can take a wander and admire the heritage streetscape, local retail and restaurants, and take a Clydesdale horse and cart ride around the historic town (for a donation) after shopping for fresh produce and local goods.  Most vendors are from within an hour of Clunes.

Website: Clunes Farmers Market

Facebook: ClunesFarmersMarket

Creswick Market

3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Victoria St, Creswick (map)

Creswick’s market has around 90 stalls, mostly crafts and handmade items, with about a third of the stalls selling food including local produce, specialty items, and take-away food.  There are buskers and other entertainments, and a historic village atmosphere to enjoy.

Website: Creswick Market

Facebook: Creswick Market

Daylesford Farmers Market

1st Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Daylesford Primary School, Vincent St, Daylesford, Victoria (map)

Daylesford has a regular Sunday market as well, but the 1st Saturday is Daylesford’s specialty farmers market, with between 30 and 45 stalls depending on the season, 95% of them offering food products from local and regional producers.  This makes it one of the largest foodie markets in the Ballarat region!

Website: Regional Farmers Markets

Facebook: DaylesfordFarmersMarket

Glenlyon Village Market

3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Glenlyon Hall, (map)

Facebook: Glenlyon 3461

Glenlyon, population only around 200 people, has the tiniest market on this list: only half a dozen stalls, most of them selling food from the immediate area.  No matter how small, the market is a firm fixture in the community and they’re dedicated to making sure it runs every month, come rain hail or shine.  If you’re passing that way on the third Saturday of the month you should most definitely stop by and support them.

shoppers at the Golden Plains Farmers Market

Golden Plains Farmers Market, in Bannockburn (near Geelong)

Golden Plains Farmers Market, Bannockburn

1st Saturday of the month, 8:30am-12:30pm

Location: Corner of Milton and High Streets, Bannockburn, Victoria (map)

Bannockburn is one of the few VFMA accredited markets in the region. Situated most of the way towards Geelong, it’s also one of our more distant markets. It varies between 30-50 stalls, of which about 90% sell food, mostly from the Geelong and Surf Coast regions.

Website: Golden Plains Farmers Market

Facebook: goldenplainsfarmersmarket

Skipton Community Market

Second Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Skipton Mechanics Institute Community Hall, , Victoria (map)

The Skipton Community Market is held in and around the community hall in Skipton, 40 minutes drive west of Ballarat.  Although it’s a mixed market with many crafts and other items, about 1/3 of the stalls are food, including local produce, jams, and cakes.  A great feature of this market is that they make sure that there are no outside takeaway stalls, instead selling hot food like soup and dim sims, as well as tea and coffee, from the supper room in the hall.  All proceeds from this go to support the local community.

Facebook: Skipton Australia

Smart Living Market

2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 9am-1pm
Location: Wendouree Parade (opposite the Botanic Gardens), Ballarat (map)

5th Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm
Location: Armstrong Street (between Sturt and Dana, near Central Square shopping centre), Ballarat (map)

The Smart Living Market is run by Ballarat’s renewable energy group, BREAZE, as part of their sustainability initiatives to encourage local eating. With 35-50 stalls (the 4th Saturday market is the largest), and around 75% of them selling food – from fresh fruit and veg to preserves, baked goods, and take away food.  The location, opposite the Botanic Gardens by the shores of Lake Wendouree, is also a draw, and during big events like the Begonia Festival or Heritage Week the market is always jumping!

The 5th Saturday market in Armstrong St, near Central Square, is smaller but more centrally located.  It runs three or four times a year, depending on the calendar.

Website: Smart Living Market

Facebook: Smart Living Ballarat

Talbot Farmers Market

Talbot Farmers Market barrow raffle.

Talbot Farmers Market’s monthly raffle features produce donated by stallholders. Photo courtesy of Talbot Farmers Market.

3rd Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Scandinavian Crescent & Camp Street, Talbot Victoria 3371 (map)

Talbot Farmers Market is the largest in the region, with around 85 stalls (depending on the season).  About 80% of them sell food including fresh produce, wine, meat, olives and olive oil, and a wide range of snacks and meals to eat as you browse.  A popular “wheelbarrow raffle”, with items donated by stallholders, supports the running of the market.

Although Talbot is a town of only 350 people, on market day the main streets are shut down and the town fills with crowds.  Definitely an unmissable day out!

Website: Talbot Farmers Market

Facebook: TalbotFarmersMarket

Talbot Farmers Market scene with bicycle in foreground

Talbot Farmers Market is one of the largest in the region.

Trentham Farmers Market

3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm

Location: Trentham Town Square, 27 High Street, Trentham, Victoria (map)

Held monthly in the centre of Trentham, this market features local dairy produce, honey, eggs, live poultry, preserves, potatoes, sourdough breads, olive products, fresh flowers and organic wines.

More information: Trentham Farmers Market

Facebook: Trentham Farmers Market

Phew.

And that’s all the farmers markets we know.  Did we miss anything?  In case we did, leave a comment below or drop us a line, and we’ll update the list.

Update history

  • June 2016: Jiggety Jig has shut down and been removed from this list.

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2 Responses

  1. Jeni Gregory's says:

    Can you please tell me where to source local honey from ( for a hay fever sufferer) in the Ballarat region?

    • Alex says:

      Hi Jeni,

      Some options include Enbom Honey in Dunnstown (http://www.enbomhoneys.com.au); Ballarat Backyard Beekeepers who stock their honey at cafes including Websters, Kittelty’s, and Macarthur Larder; Buninyong honey who sell at the Bridge Mall Farmers market on the first Saturday of the month; and Des O’Toole’s honey which is from Daylesford but is readily available all round town (I get mine at the homebrew shop on Ripon St and I think they also have it at Wilsons).

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