After operating for more than a decade, this Hawthorn market is less a hub of commerce and more a friendly get-together. Locals have been catching up with guys like Trevor from Red Hill Cheese for years, and before long, you'll spot him chatting over turnips across the reserve. Boroondara is also about spreading the love: the Rotary Club of Glenferrie manages the market on market day, and money raised via the $2 entry fee supports the club's community projects. The market is generally open on the first, third and fifth Saturday of each month, and you can find the full list of dates here.
There are several reasons why you should skip the supermarket and start doing all of your shopping at a local farmers' market: it's cheaper, the produce is of higher quality and you're supporting local farmers and businesses. Plus, you'll often find exciting produce (fruit hybrids, romanesco broccoli, sunchokes) that you'll never find at Coles or Woolies. Surely you don't need any other reasons to make the switch, so we've rounded up five local farmers' markets around Melbourne for your next grocery shop.
Just remember to BYO bag and a gold coin for entry, and get ready to brighten your plate with farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes and roasted rainbow-coloured carrots.