Canberra's fresh produce and food markets
Canberra’s flourishing fresh food markets offer locally grown and produced goods, as well as culinary delicacies and Canberra district wines. The district is known as cool climate in agricultural terms which means we produce distinct produce compared to other warmer regions of Australia. The region has the right conditions to produce excellent wines, stone fruit, apples, cherries, the highly regarded French Black Truffle, excellent meat, mushrooms and fungi and native Australian foods. Organic and food miles factors play heavily in local food suppliers and our local restaurants and chefs have established excellent lines of supply for their dishes. Buy great produce and seasonal delights to take home an enduring taste of the region.
Capital Region Farmers Market
Each Saturday in Canberra about 5000 visitors pass through the Capital Region Farmers Market to purchase and sample produce direct from the producer.
Established in 2004, the Markets have more than 100 stallholders offering a rich and diverse selection of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, seafood, cheeses, nuts, honey, tasty baked goods and pre-made foods.
Food miles and growing local
Tasty fresh food is not the only reason the Markets are popular – it’s about lower food miles and knowing that you are supporting local and regional farmers. Above all, the Capital Region Farmers Market is about linking the Canberra region’s food growers, makers and experts with the local food lovers. So it’s a pretty fabulous place to sample the Canberra region’s produce too!
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the Market’s lifeblood. Local apple growers, Loriendale Orchard, are renowned for their certified organic apples and grow 120 varieties, both heritage and modern. The Markets’ fruit also comes from far across the Capital Region with raspberries from Mittagong and cherries and blood red plums from Young - there’s always plenty to fill your fruit bowl and as with any market, seasonality is key.
Meats, seafood and smoked goods
There’s a good selection of meats and poultry on offer each week too. Locals Pialligo Estate have created products including smoked salmon, trout, eel, duck, bacon and ham. And more delights of the sea also await with fresh prawns, oysters and an ever changing school of fish, caught fresh on the NSW south coast, just two hours from Canberra.
Baked and sweet treats
At the markets you can sample the delicacies of Canberra’s talented bakers. Several of the best are part of the Market where you can spend your Saturday morning salivating over cakes, tarts, freshly baked bread, bagels, muffins, croissants and biscuits. Locals Dream Cuisine use organic ingredients with classic French methods and Aussie creativity to produce rich chocolate brownies and organic lime tarts for a sweet taste of the capital region.
The Market is known as the place to get your gourmet produce each Saturday morning. Skilled fine food specialists showcase the best in smallgoods, olive oils, chocolates, nuts, pates, sauces, chutneys, relishes and jams. You can also taste a local wine or two from Four Winds Vineyard and the biodynamic wines from Lark Hill Biodynamic Wines. When in season, keep an eye out for locally produced Perigord Truffles, a highly prized ingredient for discerning gourmands.
Delicacies to die for
The Market also hosts some incredible ready-made food stallholders. You really must try the ice cream and gelato from local artisan ice cream maker, Frugii. As well as common flavours, ice cream alchemist is always coming up with new flavours like musk stick, popcorn, carrot or sambuca.
From the farm
And of course, when you think farming, you naturally think of milk straight from the cow, eggs straight from the chicken, and honey straight from the bees. Good old fashioned primary produce. And that’s what the Market is great for, along with creamy cheeses, yummy yoghurts and beaut butter from the region.
The Capital Region Farmers Market operates each Saturday morning from 7.30am – 11.30am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
Fresh Food Markets
Canberra’s fresh produce markets are a great place to grab a bite to eat and soak up the bustling market activity. The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets open from Thursday to Sunday, while the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets run from Wednesday to Sunday.
Craftspeople and farmers from all over the region converge on the showgrounds in the small rural village of Hall on the first Sunday of each month (except January) for the Hartley Hall Markets to offer everything from plants to furniture, clothing, pottery, toys, art and fresh farm produce.
Learn to create brilliant dishes
Now that you've whet your appetite on the multitude of fresh ingredients, book in for a cooking class at the renowned 3seeds cooking school, located in the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and join awarded chef Andrew Haskins in their purpose built teaching kitchens and discover how to handle, prepare and combine fresh produce into various cuisines and dishes to impress your dinner guests.