Gippsland’s greatest asset would undoubtedly be the pristine natural resources that support the thriving agribusiness sector.
Over 37% of Gippsland’s businesses are involved in agriculture and fishing. And with local paddock to plate initiatives and slow-food movements strengthening each year, it’s easy to see why farmers’ markets are popular in our region.
Research by the University of Canberra says “…farmers’ markets have the capacity to:
- foster social connections in the community
- improve and support rural livelihoods
- enhance producers’ skill sets
- fulfill shoppers’ desires to consume fresh, high quality, local food
- encourage consumption and cooking behaviours that respond to seasonal availability of foods
- and, increase local economic activity”
If you’re not growing your own food yet, your local farmers’ market is a destination experience and a conscious shopping opportunity.
And the best thing about a farmers’ market is the vibe!
When people of like-mind converge to socialise, shop and feast a sense of place and community emerges. This is what we enjoyed the most about our December experience at the Warragul Farmers’ Market.
We were asked to do an Instagram takeover, showing the market through our eyes while showcasing our brand new Jayco Eagle Outback (Eco Eagle II).
There’s a rich tapestry of sensory delights at this market.
The shade of the trees and lush surrounds of Civic Park are beautiful.
The tunes flowing from DJ Nige’s kombi weave a laid-back, nostalgic mood.
With over sixty speciality stalls, you’re spoilt for choice.
Before experiencing the magic of Warragul Farmers’ Market, we asked the Three Hours From Home collective for their favourite Gippsland farmers’ markets. If we missed your fave, drop us a line via the comments below and we’ll add to the list.
First Saturday of the month
- Bairnsdale: 8am to 12pm, Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, McKean Street
- Mallacoota: 8am to 12.30pm, Lions Park & Mudbrick Pavilion
- Koonwarra: 8.30am to 12.30pm, Memorial Park, Koala Drive
Second Saturday of the month
- Metung: 8.30am to 12.30pm, Village Green
- Coal Creek: 8am to 12.30pm, South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra
Third Saturday of the month
- Warragul: 8.30am to 1pm, Civic Park
- Sale: 8am to 1pm, Sale Showgrounds, Maffra-Sale Road
- Foster: 8am to 12pm, Foster War Memorial Arts Centre
Fourth Saturday of the month
- Paynesville: 8am to 12pm, The Esplanade
- Traralgon: 8am to 1pm, Kay Street Gardens
- Leongatha: 8.30am to 1pm, 4-8 Howard Street
Fourth Sunday of the month
- Stratford: 9am to 1pm, Apex Park