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Abbotsford Convent Farmers’ Market
When: 4th Saturday of the month, 8am-1pm
Local brands sold: Chef's Fine Food
City Larder
Cocoa Rhapsody
Cooking With Koji
Eureka Coffee
Gourmet Pies
KABUU
Kinglake Vegetables
Offaly Good Food
Plough To Plate
Sugarloaf Produce
Take Me Home
The Mushroom Co
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 8am-1pm
Local brands sold: Benny's Berries
Chef's Fine Food
City Larder
Cocoa Rhapsody
Eureka Coffee
KABUU
Offaly Good Food
Sugarloaf Produce
The Mushroom Co
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
Collingwood Food Swap
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When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.30-11.30am
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
FareShare
Name: FareShare
Category:
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
Notes (in their own words):

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into free nutritious meals for people in need. In Melbourne, with the help of 900 regular volunteers, it cooks around 5,500 free meals a day (i.e. around 1.3 million meals a year) for charities such as soup vans, homeless shelters, women’s refuges and community food banks. Its rescued food comes from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses (they have eight vans that collect produce from Woolworths stores and others). By avoiding food waste, and diverting surplus, edible food from landfill, it also reduces greenhouse gases. Its Melbourne headquarters is in Abbotsford.

Fareshare is a charity which relies on donations. Donate now.

Sourcing enough fresh vegetables to add nutrition to meals is one of FareShare's biggest challenges. It now has three sites in and around Melbourne where it grows its own vegetables, harvesting around 40 tonnes per year. One of those sites is in Abbotsford, which was previously disused VicTrack land but now grows a range of vegetables on 70 beds tended by volunteers, who are overseen by a Garden Manager. The choice of vegetables grown is dictated by the needs of the kitchen, which means that there is a focus on capsicums, carrots, celery, eggplants, leeks, parsnips, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, turnip and zucchini.

FareShare has written a manual to share their experiences of urban food production. Subjects covered include: crops grown and yield; soil; composting; integrated pest management; crop rotation; and companion planting. Click here to download.

Murray River Smokehouse
Products: Smoked meats and fish plus gravlax
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Albury (NSW)
Notes (in their own words):

Murray River Smokehouse are a small family business which is focussed on producing smoked meats and fish plus gravlax. Their smoked products include trout, trout pate, ham, bacon, kransky, kangaroo, lamb, beef/pastrami, chicken, eel, quail and turkey. Their pork & turkey are free range, their lamb & beef are pasture fed, their chicken & quail are barn raised, and their eel & kangaroo are wild caught. There are no 'e' numbers in any of their products and they use no artificial smokes, flavours or fillers.

The business started smoking fish in the 1970's but started off life as a butchery in the 1930's. They have kept the original open fired smoke ovens but also have a modern smoking oven capable of cold smoking. They use only river red gum as timber for their smoke.

Alphington Farmers’ Market
When: Every Sunday, 9am-1pm
Local brands sold: Bee Rescue - Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Gourmet Pies
Kinglake Vegetables
Kings of Kangaroo Ground
La Villa Salumi
Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Offaly Good Food
Take Me Home
The Mushroom Co
The Practical Beekeeper
Under The Pickle Tree
Township/Suburb: Alphington
Apted’s Orchards
Products: Apples and pears
Local outlets: Farm gate (both 864 Cottlesbridge-Strathewen Road, Arthurs Creek, 3099 and 1105 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake West, 3757).
Bolton Street Fruit Market, Eltham
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

Available February to November. Apted's Orchards is a family owned company. It operates an orchard and grazing enterprise from Arthurs Creek and Kinglake West north east of Melbourne that has spanned 5 generations. The farm gate sales at 864 Cottlesbridge-Strathewen Road Arthurs Creek are proving very popular, with 2kg bags of apples straight from the bin - that is, unwaxed and unsorted. Farm gate sales also operate from 1105 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake West. Wholesale marketing is done through the associated Melbourne Pear Company which operates out of the Footscray Wholesale Market.

Arthurs Creek Garlic
Category:
Products: Garlic & chilli fusions and olive oils.
Local outlets: Online
A1 Bakery, Fairfield
Fairfield Delicatessen
Psarakos Market, Thornbury
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Renaissance SUPA IGA, Hawthorn
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

Arthurs Creek Garlic was established in 2010 as a cooperative venture for the purpose of growing quality Australian garlic and and producing premium garlic and chilli food products. Unlike some imported garlic, their garlic is not fumigated or bleached. Rather, it is nurtured through its growing period with tender loving care to ensure intense flavour and superb looking and tasting garlic.

Their food products come from the same inspiration. They include: garlic & chilli fusion; garlic fusion; garlic & chilli extra virgin olive oil; garlic extra virgin olive oil; eggplant magic with garlic & chilli; and eggplant magic with garlic. The fusion is an old family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. The garlic in all of their products is grown at their farm in Arthurs Creek. Because of their belief in using the finest ingredients, they only use Australian chilli and extra virgin olive oil in their products.

"Grown from the earth, inspired by our heat, loved by our hands, adored by your tastebuds."

Shaws Road Winery
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Products: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot
Local outlets: Cellar door - every third Sunday of the month, 11am-5pm or by appointment.
Hurstbridge Liquor
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

A small family owned and operated winery in Arthurs Creek. Their philosophy is to produce premium wines from estate-grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels.

Les Crepes de Marion
Products: Sweet crepes
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Balwyn
Notes (in their own words):

The crepes are made using homemade organic strawberry jam, free range eggs and seasonal organic fruit when possible. Marion hails from Brittany and the crepes are made from a family recipe handed down from generation to generation.

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Surrey Hills / Balwyn Produce Swap
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When: 3rd Sunday of the month, 9-10am
Township/Suburb: Balwyn
Bimbimbi Farm
Products: Strawberries plus, sometimes, other fruit
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Barjarg (Mansfield)
Notes (in their own words):

Available November to May. Bimbimbi Farm grow strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rockmelons and watermelons. They are chemical-free, use only certified organic products, and are currently going through Organic Certification. The fruit is picked when ready to eat, chilled, packed and sold.

Peninsula Fresh Organics
Products: A wide range of certified organic vegetables
Certified Organic
Local outlets: Coburg Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Baxter (Mornington Peninsula)
Notes (in their own words):

Peninsula Fresh Organics are certified organic market gardeners, growing vegetables on 30 acres and now diversifying on 100 acres in Barham. Vegetables include: asian greens, beans, beetroot, cabbage, canteloupe, carrots, celery, corn, cucumber, fennel, herbs, kale, kohl rabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, pumpkin, radish, spring onions, silverbeet, spaghetti squash, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon and zucchini.

Harry Hoo
Name: Harry Hoo
Products: Spring rolls, dim sims, dumplings and won tons
Local outlets: Coburg Farmers' Market
Lilydale Craft and Produce Market
Township/Suburb: Bayswater
Notes (in their own words):

Harry Hoo started making dim sims 20 years ago and now sell a range of asian entrees at markets around Melbourne. All of their products are made fresh weekly, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and with no fillers, artificial colours or flavours.

Bayswater North Food Swap
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When: 1st Saturday of the month, 10-11.30am
Township/Suburb: Bayswater North
Notes (in their own words):

There is a community garden at the location.

Organised by Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap.

Glen Park Oaks Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Bayswater North
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

The community garden is a shared communal space for gardening, interacting and learning whereby members of the community can harvest vegetables as well as the group of volunteers who manage the garden. Owned and managed by Maroondah City Council, with the assistance of volunteers, its aim is to focus on, and share, the benefits provided by gardening – where the harvest is just an added bonus.

Gamila at Beechworth
Products: Saffron, fermented olives, dukkha, pickled cherries and quince paste
Local outlets: Online
Rose Street Pantry, Fitzroy
Township/Suburb: Beechworth (Indigo)
Notes (in their own words):

Nestled in the heart of the high country, on a sunny north facing slope just outside of Beechworth, Gamila at Beechworth is a small family farm that uses traditional, sustainable practices to grow saffron and olives. Their olives are wild fermented in natural brine for a minimum of 18 months.

Bellfield Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Bellfield
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based.

The garden was incorporated in November 2014, and is entirely run by volunteers. The three main aims are:

1. To develop an open space community fruit and vegetable garden for individual community members and community groups who want to engage in, and learn about, sustainable gardening practices.

2. To provide a meeting place for individual community members and groups to develop a community gardening identity.

3. To promote the Bellfield Community Garden within the Bellfield neighbourhood, and across the Banyule council area and neighbouring council areas, and to form strong community partnerships to enhance and influence the success of the garden.

Bizzy Beehive Australian Honey
Products: Honey
Local outlets: Online
Laurimar Quality Meats, Doreen
M n M Fruits, Coburg
Moxie Cafe, Whittlesea
The Flying Tarts Bakery, Kinglake West
Township/Suburb: Beveridge (Mitchell)
Notes (in their own words):

Bizzy Beehive sell raw, unpasteurised honey, including orange blossom and wildflower. The precise flavours of the raw honey depend on where the bees collect their nectar and pollen so every jar is distinctive.

Blackburn Food Swap
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When: 1st Sunday of the month, 10-11am
Township/Suburb: Blackburn
Notes (in their own words):

Not held in January.

PowerHouse Cheese
Products: Camembert and blue style cheeses
Blackburn Station Craft Market
Marco's Deli Cafe Foodstore, Blackburn
Treasures and Tastes @ Trinity
Township/Suburb: Blackburn
Notes (in their own words):

PowerHouse Cheese make cheeses in the French styles of Camembert and Blue. Their particular cheeses are: Whitehorse White (a Camembert), Ash Brie, Albino Blue, Boronia Blue (a blue mould cheese with an intense flavour) and Blackburn Blue (a creamy blue mould cheese). PowerHouse Cheese's owner, Barbara Power, was previously a microbiologist and she draws on this experience to experiment with, and cultivate, unique flavour profiles.

Their milk and cream comes from St Davids Dairy in Fitzroy. The cheeses are all classified as vegetarian as they use microbial produced rennet.

Ben’s Bees
Category:
Products: Honey and beeswax products
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Blackburn North
Notes (in their own words):

Ben's Bees sell raw honey - honey that has not been treated in any way. It is taken from the hive in frames designed to hold honey, spun with centrifugal force, drained through a fine sieve to remove any wax particles, and bottled.

They also sell candles, beeswax, soap, hives, bees and clothing.

Their services include bee & swarm removal, beehive pollination and European wasp removal.

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When: 4th Saturday of the month, 10-11am
Township/Suburb: Blackburn North
The Farmers Yo Yo
Products: Yo yo shortbread biscuits
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Blackburn North
Notes (in their own words):

The Farmers Yo Yo make homemade, handmade, yo-yo shortbread biscuits made with all natural, all Australian ingredients. There are around 14 different flavours (including chocolate, coffee cream, lemon, mint slice, mocha, raspberry and vanilla). The Farmers Yo Yo family have been baking for 40 years.

The Old Emu
Local outlets: Online
Boccaccio Cellars, Balwyn
Marco's Deli Cafe Foodstore, Blackburn
Olympus Delicatessen, Doncaster East
The Melbourne Deli, Bayswater
Township/Suburb: Box Hill North
Notes (in their own words):

The Old Emu have been making quince paste for more than 25 years. It is handmade with quince and sugar with no added preservatives. The sweetened quince puree is cooked for several hours turning intense claret like colour as it thickens and sets. The paste retains its freshness and flavour for 2 years or more. The paste is available in 150g, 250g and kilo tubs.

Quince paste is principally used as an accompaniment to cheese: the sweetness of the paste teams beautifully with the sharper blue varieties, but also combines well with the soft creamy cheeses. When mixed with chicken stock and lemon juice, it makes a flavoursome sauce to serve with meat. It can also be used in the stuffing of roast turkey or chicken.

Box Hill South Urban Harvest
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When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am-12.30pm
Township/Suburb: Box Hill South
Notes (in their own words):

Organised by Whitehorse Urban Harvest.

Esme and Marj
Category:
Products: Cupcakes, macarons and brownies
Township/Suburb: Briar Hill
Notes (in their own words):

Esme and Marj, named after the owner Rachel's two nanna's, makes cupcakes, macarons and brownies using quality ingredients like free range eggs, european butter & chocolate and lots more.

Italian Chef
Products: A variety of pastas. Sauces.
Blood Orange, Hawthorn
Continental Deli, Hawthorn
The Rathdown Village Deli, Carlton North
Township/Suburb: Brighton
Notes (in their own words):

Italian Chef makes a wide variety of pastas, including tagliatelle, ravioli, tortelli, gnocchi, lasagna and cannelloni. They also make napoli and meat ragu sauces. At markets, they also sell ready-to-eat ravioli and gnocchi.

Ummu Gozleme
Products: Gozleme (savoury, stuffed Turkish flatbread) and turkish delight
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Broadmeadows
Notes (in their own words):

Gozleme is savoury, stuffed Turkish flatbread. Ummu Gozleme's varieties include: spinach & cheese; zucchini & cheese; leek & cheese; and nutella.

Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

The garden is membership-based but is open to the public whenever the neighbourhood house is open (Mon-Thur 9am-4pm and Fri 9am-midday).

The garden is a communal garden which comprises a mixture of raised and wicking beds. It is a place to meet neighbours and have a chat. Everyone is welcome.

Gourmet Pies
Products: Pies
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

Everyone loves a good pie. You can get an average pie anywhere but a pie that surprises you with its complex flavour in a package so simple and familiar is rare. Gourmet Pies takes pride in its pies; quality ingredients and all handmade. The available pies include: beef and mushroom; beef burgundy; beef curry; chicken and mushroom; chunky steak; chunky steak and cheese; pulled lamb and caramalised onion; red lentil and ratatouille; scallop and saffron; tandoori chicken; traditional plain aussie pie; and vegetarian.

Jewell Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

The garden is open to the public. There are 10 planter boxes on the bikepath outside the Nice One cafe which are available for anyone to harvest.

Luscombe Street Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based.

The garden caters for a wide range of abilities and has a number of membership-options. The idea behind the garden is to share knowledge and to learn from each other. There is a mixture of individual and communal plots that are maintained through monthly working bees. The people come together through their mutual love of growing and, if you become a member, you will have the opportunity to meet and share with like-minded individuals, it will save you money over the long term and you will have a positive environmental impact by turning waste into a resource. A committee, who are dedicated to maintaining its future, runs the garden.

Luther’s
Products: Fruit sorbets and ice creams
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

Luther's specialises in fruit-centric, seasonal ice creams and sorbets. The flavours available change depending on what's in season in Victoria but you will usually find both unexpected combinations (e.g. thyme choc chip and peach & basil sorbet) and refined classics (e.g. strawberries & cream and strawberry sorbet). All ingredients are from within Victoria and all products are sold in compostable cups or cones.

Depending on season, example fruit sorbets include strawberry/mint, lemon/thyme, raspberry/lemon verbena and peach/basil. Example fruit ice creams include: passionfruit custard, lemon cream, strawberries & cream, honey, rosemary & orange and apricot / rum. Example non-fruit ice creams include: vanilla/brown butter, fresh mint choc chip and thyme/chocolate.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters
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Products: Dark and milk single origin chocolate
Local outlets: Own shop (Thursday and Friday, 2–10pm; Saturday, 10am–10pm; and Sunday 10am–5pm)
Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn
CIBI, Collingwood
Kind & Godfree, Carlton
Mayday Coffee & Food, Richmond
Providence Melbourne, Surrey Hills
Talk Coffee, Northcote
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

Ratio Cocoa Roasters uses traditional chocolate making techniques and sources the World's best single origin cacao beans to bring you individually flavored small batch hand crafted chocolate bars. Their cacao beans are sorted to remove any flawed beans then roasted in an antique ball roaster before being cracked & winnowed to remove the husk or shell of the bean. The cacao bean is now in small pieces called cocoa nibs. Their dark chocolate range is a mixture of these cocoa nibs and raw cane sugar (and is therefore vegan). Their milk chocolate range has two additional ingredients: whole milk powder and cocoa butter. The chocolate ranges from 45% to 100% cacao. There are no preservatives or additives. The ingredients are placed in stone grinders for a minimum of 72 hours, during which time the coarse ingredients turn into a smooth liquid. They then block and age the chocolate for a minimum of 3 weeks before it is tempered, poured into moulds then hand wrapped.

They are also a cafe, selling hot chocolates, coffees and sweet treats. They are also the only dedicated chocolate gelato store in Melbourne, with 7 different chocolate gelato on offer (2 vegan). The cafe is open Thursday and Friday, 2–10pm; Saturday, 10am–10pm; and Sunday 10am–5pm.

They also do public tours of their factory on most Fridays and Sundays. $10. Book on EventBrite.

You can read more on the following websites: Artisan Selections, Broadsheet, Good Food, Melbourne Darling, Melbourne LYF, The City Lane, and Urban List.

SEEDs Communal Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

SEEDs is a communal garden where they grow and share together, growing natural networks, skills, mutual opportunities, friendships, organic food and community. There are no individual plots. The food that they grow is used to feed their weekly volunteers as well as a way to connect with our local community. They also donate regular harvests to The Local Kitchen Brunswick and share and cook their excesses. The garden is connected to, and shares the space with, Milparinka Disability day service. They aspire to be a connecting point and resource for their community.

There are regular working bees at the garden, every Monday and Thursday at 10am.

A food swap is held at the garden on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10am-midday. Boomerang Bags Brunswick uses the SEEDs space to hold monthly sewing bees at the same time.

SEEDs Garden Food Swap
Category:
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10am-midday
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

There is a community garden at the location.

CERES Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick East
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment-based, mostly individual allotments plus a shared allotment area. There are around 50 garden plots which are rented out yearly to those with limited household space for growing.

There are regular working bees and social BBQs. These provide opportunities for gardeners to mingle, share freshly grown produce, swap seeds and pitch in to help maintain the site.

Merri Corner Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick East
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment based.

The Merri Corner Community Garden was conceived in 2006 by a group of passionate Brunswick East locals and opened in 2010. It has around 40 plots where plotholders grow a variety of herbs and veggies. Members are from the local area and often don't have access to much garden space at home.

All are welcome to visit. There is an open garden / working bee on the second Sunday of each month, 10am-midday.

Palace Pies
Products: Vegan savoury pies
Local outlets: Rose St Pantry, Fitzroy
Terra Madre, Northcote
Township/Suburb: Brunswick East
Notes (in their own words):

Palace Pies make vegan savoury pies, including minced mushroom pie, chilli chipotle pie, spinach & ricotta pie (soy) and roasted cauliflower pie. They do not use faux meat or dairy products, instead embracing the humble vegetable and letting it speak for itself. Their pastry is simply made from flour, water, coconut oil and nuttelex. They believe in sustainability in all facets of their business, from the produce to the packaging.