Mamma loves a good stroll around a market and North Essendon Farmers Market is a real favourite. This place has such a great vibe and a loyal following, rain, hail or shine! Live music plays in the background and there are fun activities for the kids, including a jumping castle and a petting zoo-style enclosure with farm animals like chickens, ducks and rabbits to feed. It’s also dog friendly so your pooch can come along too!
All the stalls must adhere to strict Regional Farmers Market criteria and many are also accredited by the Victorian Farmers' Market Association which means there is only high quality produce on offer - and it shows! Everything is good quality and the interactions are friendly. There is fantastic coffee from Cabin Fever van, the best pies EVER from Gourmet Pie Truck, beautifully colourful fair-trade woven baskets from Pali and Mamma’s favourite, delicious flavoured olive oils - like lemon, chilli and garlic - from Nicolas Olive Oil. There is also: home made pet treats, fresh flowers, dumplings, apple cider, freshly baked scones and baguettes, doughnuts and much more!
The market is held in a nice, spacious park with nearby grassy areas to picnic or to kick the footy, an adjoining playground, public toilets AND undercover park benches and tables!
mamma's special mention: Keen to keep Sunday strolling? The beautiful Woodlands Park is a 2 minute drive or a 10 minute walk away!