Farmers markets are an essential part of any foodie’s weekend and with a large range of markets found in Perth, why not skip the shopping centre cues and buy fresh produce directly from local growers.
Here are some of my favourite markets you should visit this October:
Farmers Market on Manning
This market is dog-friendly, with just as many four-legged friends as humans. There is even a designated seating area for you to sit with your dog, making this the complete family event.
Bring your empty eco-friendly bags and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, honey and plants while enjoying the local entertainment and stress-free atmosphere that the outdoor market brings.
These markets do get really busy, so I recommend getting in early. There is plenty of free parking and volunteers are there to direct you to avoid a traffic jam.
When: Open 7:30am – 12:30pm every Saturday
Where: George Burnett Park, corner of Manning Road and Elderfield Road, Karawara
Joondalup Growers Market
One of the newest additions to the farmers market scene, Joondalup Growers Market are now held in the beautiful Neil Hawkins Park. Make it a day out for the whole family and bring your picnic rug and have a picnic under the trees, enjoying yummy breakfast foods, hot coffee and freshly squeezed juices.
There’s a playground to entertain the kids or you can take them down to the jetty to go bird watching. There is plenty of free parking within a short walk to the market.
When: Open 8:00am – 12:00pm every Saturday
Where: Located at Neil Hawkins Park. Eastern most end of Boas Avenue
Subi Farmers Market
Subi Farmers Market is one of the oldest and original farmers market in WA and still one of the best. They have got everything you need from fresh fruit and veg, gluten free produce, pastries, meat, flowers and doggy treats! Grab a coffee whilst you listen to talented local entertainers with all proceeds going to Subiaco Primary School.
When: 8am – 12:00pm every Saturday
Where: Located at Subiaco Primary School, 271 Bagot Road Subiaco
Mount Claremont Farmers Market
Mount Claremont Farmers Market is another of the original farmers markets, featuring yummy food, local entertainment and family friendly activities. Whilst a little smaller than Subi Farmers Market, there are over 55 stalls filled with fresh fruit and veg, gourmet foods, hot coffee, freshly squeezed juices, farmstead cheeses, meat, artisan breads, pastries, handmade crafts and natural cleaning products.
The market is run by the Mount Claremont Primary School P&C with all profits going to the School. There is ample parking available for a gold coin donation.
When: Every Saturday 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: Mt Claremont Primary School, 103 Alfred Road, Mount Claremont
Stirling Farmers Market
What the Stirling Farmers Market lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. Meander around the market with a coffee and sample the latest fresh produce from local growers, while listening to the relaxing sounds of the local buskers. The market is a project of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup and has a number of charities and community groups that frequent the market.
When: Every Sunday 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: City of Stirling Administration Building, 25 Cedric St Stirling
The famous Fremantle Markets have been feeding locals since 1897. You can easily spend most of the day here at the busy indoor market, browsing over 150 stalls packed with fresh produce, crafts and gifts. Grab a coffee and soak in the laid back tunes of the talented buskers and check out the local art. Located in the heart of Fremantle, head to one of the nearby pubs or cafes for lunch and soak in the sun.
When: Every Friday 9am – 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm
Where: South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle
Kalamunda Farmers Market
Venture out to the beautiful Perth hills and visit Kalamunda Farmers Market.
The market has a huge array of produce including seasonal fruit and veg, meat, free range eggs, bread, freshly squeezed juices, honey, cheeses, cakes, plants and fresh flowers.
They have great entertainment as well as a bouncy castle and children’s activities each week.
When: Every Sunday between 8:00am and 12:00pm
Where: Central Mall, Kalamunda
Bunbury Farmers Market
Ok, I know Bunbury Farmers Market is technically not in Perth, but they are the BEST farmers market in WA so they had to make the list! Plus they are only a 2 hour drive from Perth, so you’d be crazy not to add them to your farmers market bucket list.
Bunbury Farmers Market is open 7 days a week with over 150 local growers represented here. There is an awesome little café where you can get freshly made juices, coffee, pastries, pies, sausage rolls and they have recently opened up a gelato and berry bar!
Wander through the front doors and you are taken on a magical journey through mountains of fresh fruit and veg, dairy products, meat, seafood, fresh flowers, freshly baked breads, gourmet foods, honey and ready-made meals.
You are greeted along the way by staff that encourages you to try the produce before you buy. And just like a visit to Ikea, before you know it, you’ve spent half a day there!
When: Weekdays 7:30am – 6:30pm, Saturdays 7:30am – 5:30pm and Sundays 8:00am – 5:30pm
Where: 2 Vittoria Rd, Glen Iris.