The Bendigo Region, often regarded as a giant food bowl has hundreds of producers and growers taking advantage of the ideal soil and growing conditions. This depth of local producers, growers and food artisans has become further elevated since Bendigo City and Region was recently designated City and Region of Gastronomy. Find below some of the leading accredited farmers markets, producer groups, associations and other markets from across the Region that showcase local produce.
Victorian Farmer Market Accredited Markets
Bendigo Community Farmers Market
Buy fresh, regional produce directly from the region’s farmers including seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, meat, bread, cheese, wine, olives, eggs, baked goods and cakes, dumplings and more.
When: The second Saturday of each month from 9am -1pm
Where: Bendigo Pony Club, Corner Breen Street and Belle Vue Road, Golden Square
Castlemaine Farmer's Market
Whilst local cheeses are a specialty, you’ll also find prosciutto and smoked sausages, award-winning olive oil and the apples, berries and stone fruits that Harcourt is famous for.
When: Every first Sunday of each month, 9am- 1pm (except January)
Where: Alongside Castlemaine Market Building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine
Talbot Farmers Market
Explore the stall-lined historic streets displaying an impressive range of seasonal fruit and organic vegetables, local artisan cheese, fresh bread, local wine, gourmet oils and more. In true country market style you will also chickens, stockfeed, cut flowers, plants and seedlings.
When: The third Sunday of each month, 9am-1pm
Where: Heritage precinct—Scandinavian Crescent & Camp Street, Talbot
Producer Groups and Associations
The Loddon Shed
The lands of the Loddon Valley allow for true sustainable living. It is the home of broad acre farming properties that have provided for generations of local families. The Loddon Shed is a one stop shop providing direct access for the consumer to purchase high quality artisan products from the Loddon Valley.
As a not-for-profit, social enterprise of Access Australia Group, PepperGreen Farm offers hospitality, tourism, horticulture, micro business skills training, educational demonstrations, well-being programs and a retail outlet and cafe for local makers and producers. PepperGreen Farm aims to create opportunities for people of all abilities whilst forging strong relationships with the wider community.
Bendigo Regional Food Alliance
The Bendigo Regional Food Alliance website is a Community Food Information Portal. It contains links to resources, events and an interactive map to list locations of: community gardens, community kitchens and meals, food literacy initiatives and projects, emergency food relief agencies, healthy cooking classes and local producers.
Weekly Thursday Pop Up Market
When: 3pm - 5.30pm
Where: The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, 404 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
Bendigo Showground Market
One of country Victoria's best market, come along and enjoy the family atmosphere, free admission and ample free parking all just five minutes from the City Centre.
When: Weekly, every Sunday from 8.30am to 2.00pm (It might be closed while special events are on)
Where: The Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo
When: Every Wednesday 3.30pm-6.30pm
Where: Frederick Street on the grass verge between the Market Building and the RSL.
This growers and makers market brings together the very best hand-made products and hand-grown produce from the creative heart of Victoria, as well as emerging Melbourne talent. From soap to soup, fruit to furniture, plants to pants, jewellery to jumpers, the Maldon Market has something for everyone.
When: Second Saturday every month 9am-2pm
Where: Fountain St & the Shire Gardens, Maldon
Wesley Hill Market
A quality country market that has over 70 stalls. Here you'll find adverse cultural experience with Thai, Chinese and Turkish cuisine. Fruit and veg, two award-winning bakeries, locally made peanut butter, preserves and wines.
When: Weekly on Saturday from 9.99am - 1.00pm
Where: Duke Street (Pyrenees Highway) and Van Heurck Street, Castlemaine
The Inglewood Lions Bridgewater Market
Friendly country market featuring a range of local producers. Free admission and free parking throughout Bridgewater on Loddon.
When: Second Saturday of each month from 9am-2pm
Where: Main Street, Bridgewater on Loddon