Carlton Farmers' Market opened in 2014, much to the delight of locals searching for a way to get closer to the source of their food. Farmers' Markets offer shoppers the opportunity to put faces to names of their favourite local producers, and to take home a basket of tasty, ethically grown groceries. Head over to the Carlton North Primary School and you'll find stallholders offering everything from freshly baked bread from Flinders Sourdough to eggs from the Old Farm Happy Valley in Flowerdale.
Each Saturday and Sunday the Rose Street Market gathers some of Melbourne's most exciting artists and designers to display their wares and talk all things handmade. Weave your way through the crowds and duck into the warehouse to check out the handmade fashion, food and curios for sale. The artists are usually on hand to compare crochet needles and discuss their work, so drop in for a squiz, a chat and a haircut from the resident hairdresser.
Camberwell Market is undoubtedly Melbourne’s biggest marketplace for pre-loved wares, with 370 stalls in total. From the most delicate string of vintage pearls to hardwood furniture, you and your home can get a reasonably cheap makeover from one Sunday morning's worth of rummaging. The layout of the markets does not divide stallholders by what they are selling, which encourages you to explore every nook and cranny of the outdoor marketplace.
Southsiders after a spot to eat and do the weekly shop in one go should mark the calendar for the Hank Marvin markets at Alma Park East. Open every Saturday, Hank Marvin draws some of the best food trucks in town, which join purveyors of fresh foods and produce.
Set in the pastoral oasis that is the Collingwood Children's Farm and open the second Saturday of each month, this gourmand's paradise offers a fleeting taste of country life in the heart of Abbotsford. The Collingwood Children's Farmers' Market dates back to 2002 and was actually the first farmers' market to hit the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Snap up award-winning Victorian seedlings, farm-fresh fruit and vegetables and visit the curious (live) goats.
Beneath the grey spires of the historic Abbotsford Convent is a market that champions an era when you knew the farmer who grew your potatoes, and when tomatoes tasted like real tomatoes (not overly acidic and/or bland balls of mush). It's open the fourth Saturday of each month, and seasonal, organic food is king here, and learning about the origins of your produce is half the fun.