Ballarat Farmers market

 

COVID safe operation at Zoo Drive, (just off Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree).

The markets operate on the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturdays of each month and feature the same management & core stallholders. 

We operate all year round – including in the winter – so you have regular access to our wonderful stallholders.  Some stallholders only come once a month, and others have highly seasonal produce, so the range of stalls varies at each market.

We hope you have a great experience visiting our market!  Thanks for supporting our hardworking and creative stallholders who bring such a wide range of fabulous produce & products to the market.

Stalls include: both organic & non-organic fruit & vegetables, bread & cakes, meat, cheese, cider, wine, seafood, dry goods (spices, grains & pulses), vegetarian baked goods, jam, mushrooms, honey, healthy snack bars, balsamic vinegar, hot chilli sauce, salami, roasted nuts, hot take-away food (taiyaki, pasties,  meat/pork/breakfast rolls, dumplings, vegetarian sausage rolls, potato twirls,  and much more!).  Some of the other options from our stallholders include jewellery, dog portraits, vegetarian dog treats, vegetable and flower seedlings, bulbs, native plants, fresh ground locally blended coffee, tea blends, eco homewares, … and lots more!

Yes, we always have a coffee van on site!

Bean me up Espresso

 

Remember, the stallholder range varies with the seasons as one of our priorities is to create outlets for local and seasonal producers.  Some of our producers come just once or twice a year, so you never know what you’ll find!

We also have a FREE stall for local community groups, so please contact us if you’d like to promote your school, charity or service club.  Email ballaratmarkets@gmail.com or call 0409 551 539

 

happy shopper

Brown Hill Market relocation

Brown Hill Market has ceased operations in Brown Hill and relocated permanently to Zoo Drive (near Lake Wendouree) after being unable to secure a new venue in the Brown Hill area. 
Market management had to leave the Brown Hill Hall because the hall and adjacent area weren’t large enough for COVID-safe operations.  Other options were explored but nothing suitable could be confirmed.
The COVID 19 pandemic caused all markets in Ballarat to close from March until July 2020.  Those markets that re-opened had to have a COVID management plan and there have been significant changes to all market operations.  The Ballarat Farmers Market moved from the Moneghetti Track around Lake Wendouree to Zoo Drive in the North Gardens Reserve because the new location offered a very large open space.  This allows stalls to be grouped along the paved road (Zoo Drive) which runs through the centre of the reserve.  Stalls are set back 5 m from the road and 2-5 m from each other; making each stall an ‘island’ to itself.  The site has power, proximity to public toilets, abundant green space, parking in both Wendouree Pde and Gillies Rd and the potential for continued increase in stall numbers.
Markets will now operate at Zoo Drive on both the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
We are sorry to leave Brown Hill but have to work with the realities of our situation, which is that the market now has to operate on a large outdoor site.  This is for the safety of both stallholders and the public.  We don’t know how long the pandemic restrictions will be with us but have to set up the market in a way that is both safe and viable.  Indoor stalls in a hall just aren’t viable with the 4 sq m rule.
Brown Hill Market commenced in July 2018 and was an instant success.  Stallholders are extremely grateful to the people of Brown Hill who came out to support them.  The Brown Hill Market was soon bigger than the Ballarat Farmers Market in both stall and visitor numbers.  Many Brown Hill residents were able to walk to the market – indeed, some stallholders did as well!  THANK YOU Brown Hill for supporting the market.  We hope you’ll come check out the new site in Zoo Drive and continue to support the stallholders you’ve loved at Brown Hill.

Background:   In July 2018, the Fourth Saturday market which had been at Lake Wendouree for many years relocated to Brown Hill. Nearly all our existing stallholders came over to Brown Hill, so it was instantly a very established market with over 30 stalls.  There was then huge interest from new stallholders who joined the Brown Hill Market.  Many were locals from Brown Hill.  We’ve had great support from the Brown Hill Progress Association and the Brown Hill Community Newsletter.

The Brown Hill community really got behind the market – thank you!  The market regularly had over 50 stalls.   We invite you to continue to support those stall holders at the new location on Zoo Drive.

Gorgeous George stall in Brown Hill Market park

Become a Stallholder

Currently operating every 2nd and 4th Saturday at Zoo Drive Wendouree.

Ballarat Farmers Market aims to provide customers with a wide range of quality items, preferably unique to Ballarat. The market is primarily for farmers and producers of quality fresh regional produce. We always prefer farmers who are direct-selling, but will accept some reselling, in order to maintain regular supply for market customers.

If you’d like to have a stall at either or both of the markets, download the Application and Information Pack below and email the completed form to ballaratmarkets@gmail.com

Application and Information Pack.pdf