28 Aug 2017
Why not skip the fluorescent-lit supermarket isles this weekend and instead, buy your fresh fruit and veg direct from local growers at Perth’s weekend farmers’ markets. Here are some of the best in and around Fremantle.
WORDS: Jessica Zoiti
If buying local is high on your shopping agenda, a visit to your weekend farmers’ market should be a regular fixture in your weekly schedule. A place where you can chat with the people who actually grow and make your food, right here in Western Australia, farmers’ markets give shoppers the opportunity to support local businesses and access fresh, in-season produce at genuinely good prices.
But farmers’ markets do more than give shoppers access to organic, local fruit and veg; they’re community meeting places where like-minded people mingle and proceeds often support the local schools and charitable organisations. A guaranteed great morning out for the whole family, they’re child and dog-friendly, and set to a soundtrack of live, local music.
You’ll find excellent farmers’ from Kalamunda in the Perth hills right across to Joondalup in the city’s north, however if you’re looking to stick to the Fremantle area, here’s where you should head.
Grower’s Green Farmers’ Market
This isn’t Perth’s largest farmers’ market, but it’s definitely one of the most atmospheric. And while there’s little you won’t find at the Grower’s Green Farmer’s Market, including grower-direct fruit and veg, freshly baked bread, jams, honey, eggs, fish, organic beef and even organic dog food, there’s an excellent range of food vendors. Enjoy live music while snacking on Turkish, Indian, Vietnamese, Italian and Moroccan cuisine and while you’re at it, give your dog a bath! Visit on the first Sunday of the month and you’ll catch the ‘Big Market’, a bumper event featuring additional stalls selling vintage and hand-made clothing, jewellery, crafts and books. Top tip: Try the traditional Vietnamese pork bahn mi for a fresh, fiery start to the day.
Held every Sunday, 8am-12pm, South Fremantle Senior High School, Annie Street, South Fremantle.
Palmyra Western Farmers’ Market
If you’re looking to stock up on local fruit and veg for the week, you’ll fill a great selection at Palmyra Western Farmers’ Market where stall after stall is piled high with fresh, organic, spray-free produce, WA produce. There’s a great selection of locally grown plants including herbs, and for those looking for a solid Sunday breakfast, there are food vendors offering excellent fair-trade coffee, fresh juices, breakie burgers, gozleme and more. Our tip: For a delicious and guilt-free start to the day, try the green smoothie. The crapes are sensational too.
Held every Sunday, 8am-12pm, at Palmyra Primary School, McKimmie Street, Palmyra.
Mt Claremont Farmers’ Market
For fresh fruit and veg, you can’t go past the Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market – one of Perth’s largest gatherings of farmers, food producers and chefs selling their produce direct to customers. Rain, hail or shine you’ll find an average of 45 stalls selling not only farm-gate direct home-grown produce, but also free-range eggs, organic meat, home-baked breads, divine French pastries, fresh flowers, olive oil, honey and more. Top tip: Grab a baguette from the French patisserie, and a try of organic heirloom tomatoes then whip yourself up a scrummy bruschetta for lunch.
Every Saturday, 7,30am-11.30am, Mt Claremont Primary School, Alfred Road, Mt Claremont.
Subi Farmers’ Market
Like the Grower’s Green market in South Fremantle, the Subi Farmers Market also gets an A+ for atmosphere. One of the oldest in WA, it’s still one of the best and has a great selection of fruit and veg PLUS a wide range of food vendors – visit on an empty stomach because a multi-course breakfast is a certainty. Once you’ve satisfied your breakie craving, stroll the stalls to discover local charcuterie and small goods, cheese, seedlings, dog treats and even a knife sharpening service! Top tip: Get great gluten-free bread from Strange Grains Bakery and satisfy your sweet tooth with a decadent salted caramel crumpet from Mr Drummonds.
Held every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Subiaco Primary School, Bagot Road, Subiaco.
Can’t wait for the weekend? In the meantime, why not pop into The Black Truffle? From sriracha to chocolate, cheese, condiments and everything in between, we stock a large range of WA-made artisan products.