In a community that values supporting local businesses that supply high-quality produce, it makes sense to buy at fresh food markets. These vibrant markets, loaded with as much personality as fruit, vegetables and other food goods, are great places to shop. They offer a wide range of produce, including seasonal, organic and ethically produced.
Heading to a fresh food market can be as fun as productive, with a huge selection all in one location.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a fresh food market, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great fresh food market?
Choosing the right fresh food market will streamline your shopping and ensure you’re buying top-quality produce that will last.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a fresh food market.
- Variety. A good fresh food market offers a wide range and large selection of products. This includes fruit and vegetables but also meats, seafood, baked goods, spices, herbs and even wine.
- Buy direct. The best part about shopping at a fresh food market is that you can buy direct from suppliers and farmers who know where produce is from, how it was grown and how it was made.
- Community support. Markets primarily comprise community-based enterprises, which means you’re supporting local businesses and operators. Shopping at fresh food markets is a great way to give back to your community.
- Kind to environment. Vendors at fresh food markets care about the environment. They deliver goods with as few food miles as possible. They also tend to operate with sustainable practices, which is great for the environment.
- Accessible. To make sure supply meets demand, many markets don’t open seven days a week or with extended hours like supermarkets. Check opening times online and remember that “the early bird gets the worm”. For the best selection head to your fresh food market early.
The best fresh food markets in Canberra
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Belconnen Fresh Food Markets has been synonymous with a fine selection of nutritious locally grown food in Canberra since 1976. It has supported local famers and businesses for more than 40 years, always with friendly customer service.
Over 30 specialty operators, many independent, sell a wide range of quality goods, making the markets a weekly ‘one-stop-shop’ for marketgoers.
Belconnen Fresh Food Markets offers a smorgasbord of fresh baked products, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and an amazing selection of fresh seafood. The markets also offer specialty delicatessen items and celebrate multicultural cuisines.
Two large bottle shops are on hand offering a wide range of boutique beers, specialty wines and liquor.
Marketgoers are also spoilt for choice with specialty stores too, including books from a privately owned bookstore, fashion and all that is required for natural living.
Catching up with friends and family is easy and fun. Marketgoers enjoy grabbing a coffee and treating their tastebuds at a café, bakery or eatery. Marketgoers are also treated to free entertainment each Saturday, including live music. Check the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets events page to see what’s happening each week.
The Belconnen Fresh Food Markets are open Wednesday to Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm. There’s plenty of free parking and the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets are easily accessible from the city by way of public transport.
On Google, Benjamin Arnedo wrote, “Great place to buy fresh produce in Belconnen. Good way to kickstart your Saturday in family. Great coffee and pastries. The best part is you can always find fresh fish and imported products from different parts of the world.”
The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets have been providing Canberra with a wide range of products and goods for over 50 years. Stalls offer fruit, veg, seafood, and meat. Specialty stores include an Asian grocer, health food shop, wine and liquor store, pet shop. Fyshwick Markets are also home to the new Niche markets offering homewares, books and houseplants.
Google reviewer Jason Rasheed wrote the following in their review, “Simply fresh food, plenty of choice & an authentic market bazaars atmosphere. So many reasons – we love the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.”
Southside Farmers Market is a village market providing fresh food direct from growers. Produce includes farm fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread, eggs, honey and much more. A wide range of organic produce is available. Open Sundays, 8 am to 11:30 am.
Richard Bersinic wrote on Google, “This is one of my favorite markets in Canberra because it has a great atmosphere, excellent coffee and always a great busker playingmusic and plenty of variety in stalls.”
The Capital Region Farmers Markets was established in 2004. The markets host around 100 stalls each week selling fresh farm and food produce straight from the producer to the consumer. The markets are also an opportunity to chat to growers. Funds generated go back into regional communities and projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Hall. Open Saturdays, 7 am to 11:30 am.
On Google, Keith Tuomi wrote, “It’s great to buy fruit and vegetables from people who care about the quality of their produce.”
If you’re looking for more information on markets and food outlets in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best butchers, the best bakeries, and the best cake shops that Canberra has to offer. If you’d prefer to have your groceries delivered, you might like our article on the best organic produce delivery services in Canberra.
Your experience with fresh food markets in Canberra
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