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

Operating every 2nd and 4th Saturday at Zoo Drive Wendouree. (The market on the 4th Saturday in December may not operate if it conflicts with Christmas dates).

We also hold a special twilight market (4-8pm) on the Friday before Christmas

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 and local products. We also welcome art & craft, plants, gifts, homewares, beauty, health and other products; again with an emphasis on local producers where possible.

We always prefer farmers who are direct-selling, but will accept some reselling, in order to maintain regular supply for market customers.

Stallholders are welcome to come to all markets, or just once a month. Many stallholders attend on a seasonal basis, based on either the seasonal growth & harvest cycle of their produce, or the fact that their product is weather sensitive (e.g. ice cream sales!).

If you’d like to have a stall at either or both of the markets, please first read the Market Charter and then fill out the application below.

Important points to remember if your application is successful:

  • All marquees must be weighed down (16kg per leg) but NO PEGS please! (There are underground water & power lines in the reserve)
  • TAKE your RUBBISH home – don’t use public bins for stallholder rubbish… they are for customers only and the market will be fined if stallholders use public bins. Yes, they check!
  • Steve or a helper will be on site from 7 am on market days. Please text us if you are running late, so we know to keep your spot. Please arrive with plenty of time to set up so you are ready to trade at 9 am.
  • STAY until 1 pm. Some customers come late. We advertise that we are operating from 9 – 1 so please let’s honour that.

Indemnity

Stallholders participate in the Ballarat Farmers Market at their own risk and are required to indemnify and hold harmless the Market Manager, Market contractors, Burns, Counter & Associates Pty Ltd, and the City of Ballarat against any claim for damages, costs, claims, expenses and liabilities (including without limitations consequential loss and loss of profit) in respect of any loss, damage, injury, disease or death caused through any of the stallholders’ activities at the Ballarat Farmers Market. Current Public Liability insurance is required for all stall holders. Copies must be provided prior to initial market attendance.

Completing this application indicates that you will abide by State COVID restrictions and the Ballarat Farmers Market COVID management plan. Note that restrictions are subject to change. We encourage all stallholders to get their COVID vaccination as soon as possible.


If you have any questions or issues, please contact us at ballaratmarkets@gmail.com

Once you download the above form and complete it, please either scan and email it back OR post a hard copy. Please don’t email photos taken with your phone as the print quality from these is very poor.

You will be contacted soon after applying – either by email or phone – to let you know whether you’ve been successful or so we can get more information.

If we don’t have a spot for you now, we may keep your information on file for the Christmas twilight Market (Friday night before Christmas Day) or so we can contact you in the event that an existing stallholder leaves.