Eltham Farmers’ Market

 

At the 1st August market, there will be 38 stallholders on current bookings. Read the list. Stallholder attendance varies for many reasons so please read the list to see if your favourite stallholders will be at the market.

Updated: 30th July 2021

COVID Management – we continue to be open every Sunday

  • Customer numbers are managed to ensure a maximum density of 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • “You must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.”
  • Please enter from the Arthur Street entrance (to manage numbers, while busy, we operate a one-way system).
  • On arrival, please log in using our QR code. A manual register is also available for those without a phone.
  • Please maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

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Hours

Our operating hours are currently 8.30am to 12.30pm every Sunday morning.

Hygiene
  • We have a portable sink available for customer use with warm water hand washing facilities.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided for customer use with touch free dispenser at each entrance.
  • We encourage you to use cards for payment where possible.
  • Customers are requested not to touch the produce.
Dogs

We regret any inconvenience but dogs are not permitted (trained assistance dogs are welcome).

Contact

Please address enquiries (including stallholder enquiries) to Chris Chapple by phone (0407 431 366) or elthamFM@gmail.com

Overview

Eltham Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. On the 4th Sunday of each month, there is a Food Swap from 9.30am to 10.30am. On selected Sundays, there is also a Community Market Stall.

The market is located on the car park at Eltham Town Mall, which is in the centre of Eltham at 10-18 Arthur Street. Entry is free.

The market is on the ‘official’ lists of the 8 best farmers’ markets in Melbourne by both Weekend Notes and The Urban List.

The market offers a large range of stalls, from veggies and fruit to condiments and sweet treats. All the stallholders are from within Victoria, with around half from within North East Melbourne (around 15 from Nillumbik and a further 30 from the surrounding municipalities). This is a much higher number of truly local stallholders than at any other farmers’ market in Melbourne. All are selling their own produce (i.e. no re-sellers).

Eltham Farmers’ Market aims to be a single-use, plastic bag free market. Please bring your own bags. In addition, as a substitute for plastic bags, market visitors are offered two sustainable alternatives:

  • A re-usable jute bag. Eltham Farmers’ Market branded jute bags are available at the information marquee for $5 each.
  • A ‘boomerang bag’. Boomerang bags are bags contributed by the public. They are available at the information marquee for visitors to borrow at no cost and returned back to the market at a future visit. Hence the word boomerang, as the bags (hopefully) keep coming back.

The market offsets estimated CO2 emissions generated by our stallholders travelling to and from the market by partnering with Greenfleet to plant an equivalent amount of biodiverse native trees to offset the calculated CO2 emissions. The aim is to reduce the net food miles (after offsets) of the food you purchase at the market towards zero. Read more.

Our coffee providers (Yarra Coffee and Happy Goats Travelling Coffee) have two ongoing offers that you might be interested in:

  • If you provide your own cup, the price of a coffee is reduced by 50 cents [currently suspended due to COVID-19].
  • If you want free coffee grounds for your veggie patch, just ask.

vfma appleThe market has been accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association (VFMA). It is a Local Food Connect initiative.

Please address any questions on the market, including stallholder enquiries, to Chris Chapple by phone (0407 431 366) or email (elthamFM@gmail.com).

Location and Directions – Eltham Town Mall, 10-18 Arthur Street

By public transport

There is a regular train service from Melbourne to Eltham via the Hurstbridge line. For train times go to Metro Trains. The market is a 5 minute walk from the station and bus terminus, which are on the west side of Main Road.

By car

Drive to the centre of Eltham on Main Road and then turn into Dudley Street or Arthur Street. There is plenty of parking available nearby, in both Circulatory Road, which runs along the Eastern (uphill) side of the town centre, as well as in Dudley and Arthur Streets.

Accessibility

We aim to provide an experience that is accessible to all our community. The level bitumen surface of the site is an advantage for anyone with mobility issues and public seating is available. Access by car is good: the site is surrounded by car parks, including disabled parks, some of which are at the same level as the market.

There are 16 disabled parking bays in the immediate vicinity:

  • 12 at Safeway/Woolworths (enter via Arthur Street).
  • 2 in Dudley Street.
  • 2 in the Circulatory Road car park.

  18 Responses to “Eltham Farmers’ Market”

  1. Are there any vendors that sell organic / natural apple or pear juice?

  2. We used to love taking our dogs. Is the plan that dogs will be allowed once COVID restrictions are over?

    • Hi Emily, While COVID prompted the decision to not allow dogs, some other incidents involving some dogs led us to make this decision permanent. We very much regret the disappointment this causes some dog owners.

      • Just having one incidence is not enough to allow yourself create no dog rules. This is an absolute dictatorship and you’re ruining the sense of community with these extreme, unneccessary rules. I was a regular visitor but now personally won’t visit the market again.

        • Our decision was not about one incident, rather incidents that happened every week and regular complaints from patrons such as the following:

          “Good afternoon. I am a huge fan of your market and have been coming for some years now. More recently, I have been finding the number of dogs at the market quite unpleasant. I am a dog owner myself but I think for a food market that is getting more popular, dogs are making what is quite a small space uncomfortable. Many of the dogs are not well mannered and bark and lunge at one another. Many dog owners allow their dogs to dart all over the place at the end of their leash causing a tripping hazard to other market goers. And today I watched a large dog lift its leg and pee on a bag of oranges for sale. Pretty disgusting! The dog was large and not well controlled and the owner wasn’t even aware that the dog had done it.”

  3. Hi there,
    Just wondering if dogs will be allowed back anytime soon?

    • Hi Kelsey, While COVID prompted the decision to not allow dogs, some other incidents involving some dogs led us to make this decision permanent. We very much regret the disappointment this causes some dog owners.

      • I applaud the decision of the Eltham Market to not allow dogs. Dogs have often been around the food and I have seen on occasion them getting aggressive with other dogs. My partner has a fear of some dogs having been bitten many years back. The market is to be enjoyed. Hygiene is all important for me as well. This is the right decision. There are places for dogs to walk in the Eltham area and Eltham has a number of parks for them to be walked.

        Thank you Chris Chapple this is correct decision.

  4. Hi
    I wanted to say thank you to the organisers and stall holders at the market today 29/03/2020.
    Managing the social distancing requirements in this challenging environment was really efficient and also very gentle, well done everyone.
    Warmest regards.

  5. Hi
    I believe the ricotta gnocchi is so light and fluffy. Can I buy it from anywhere locally?

  6. I bought some extraordinary mushrooms last Sunday from a man who was only selling mushrooms. I went today but he wasn’t there. Can you tell me when he’ll be at the market next? And can you give me some contact details because I’m eager to get some more and I’m prepared to travel for them?

  7. Are there buskers?

    • Hi Melanie,

      No, we don’t have buskers. But we do have live music by local musicians at every market. Contact us by phone (0416 203067) or email if you’re interested in performing.

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