The Macedon Ranges is not only blessed with stunning natural features, but we also have our fair share of beautiful markets to visit. They are each a little different and special in their own right. As a self-confessed market addict, I can assure you that I have road-tested each of these markets, and at some point with my pram, baby and two young children in tow. I hope you have a chance to visit them yourself and sample some of the stunning produce and creations from our talented Macedon Ranges folk.
Woodend Farmers Market: First Saturday of the month, 9 am – 1 pm
What better place to start than the gorgeous, little Woodend Farmers Market? At the end of the main street of Woodend, just before you head out of the town centre, you will find this small but lively market snugly curving its way around the outside of the local library. Despite being the smallest of all the markets, it still has plenty of stalls of produce to choose from: fruit and veg, hot food, honey, freshly baked bread, jams and gluten free/vegan products just to name a few. It also has one of my favourite stalls of all the markets, where you can bring your produce from home to swap with someone else’s. This is such a great idea as so many of us seem to have an abundance of a certain vegetable in our garden and don’t really know what to do with it.
Being a little market, it is very simple to navigate and follows a path, then roadway around to a carpark. It’s easily done with a pram and children hanging off your arms and I have always managed to grab a parking space within twenty metres of the market, which is such a big win. Why not pop over to the bakery across the road for a coffee afterwards, or walk across the main road to the delightful Woodend Children’s Park? (For more information on parks in the Macedon Ranges and surrounds, click here).
Gisborne Oaks Market: First Sunday of the month, 9 am – 2 pm
Nestled in the Brantome Street carpark and sneaking through the centre of the shopping centre is the Gisborne Oaks Market. Like the Woodend Market it is very simple to stroll around and through, although it is much more difficult to score a carpark nearby. The wares offered range from bric-a-brac, collectibles and fashion, to some food and produce. Anything else that is lacking is most likely able to be got on the other side of Gisborne at the Gisborne Olde Time Market.
Gisborne Olde Time Market: First Sunday of the month, 9 am – 2 pm
As you drive down the hill into Gisborne from the Calder Highway you cannot miss the Gisborne Olde Time Market on the Village Green to your right. On market day Gisborne is agog with activity: it is no wonder some of the locals want to hide inside their houses and avoid the town centre like the plague. But, if you have a spare hour (and even better if you can get there early for a carpark), the Olde Time Market is a really lovely place to take the kids for a wander, grab some hot food, nip into Jed for an amazing coffee, and peruse the stalls of fresh produce, food products, and beautiful crafts and wares. The market is easy enough to navigate, pram or no, but it can be very crowded at times so I strongly suggest to visit as early as possible.
Kyneton Farmers Market: Second Saturday of the month, 8.30 am – 1 pm
In St Paul’s Park, on the famous Piper Street in Kyneton, you will find the Kyneton Farmers Market. This market is larger than the Woodend Market but nowhere near as extensive as the Gisborne Olde Time Market. While the setting is just beautiful and the market easy to peruse, it is not very conducive to pushing a pram as the market is on two tiers. It begins up on the top of the hill next to the church and snakes it’s way down to a flat square area which has stairs down to the path on Piper Street. The majority of the stalls sell food products (fresh fruit and veg, baked goods, jams and hot food) but there are a couple of craft, fresh flowers and bric-a-brac stalls. It is usually pretty easy to get a carpark near the market and if you have time, there is a cute park on the way out of town next to the Information Centre which is great for a play.
Riddells Creek Farmers Market: Third Sunday of the month, 9 am to 1 pm
There is so much to love about this beautiful market which you will find situated on the Main Street of Riddell near the primary school. The stalls are spread out and in one line so that it is easy to find whichever stall you are after. There is a mini animal petting farm for the kids, face-painting, and local musicians playing cruisy tunes as you wander. I also love how the local primary kids get involved and have their own stall of baked goods and jams. There are usually plenty of car spaces available nearby and the market is on a grassed area so it’s still pretty easy to push a pram around. There is also a wide variety of stalls with fruit and veg, free range pork, jams, honey, wine and some baby clothing on offer. If you have time to zip down to the park just a two minute walk down the road afterwards too, you won’t regret it.
Lancefield and District Farmers Market: Fourth Saturday of the month, 9 am – 1 pm
About the same size as the Kyneton Farmers Market, this market is happily situated in the centre plantation on High Street. The market stalls follows the tree line around this flat rectangular grassed area and is flanked on one side with carparks, (feel very lucky if you manage to grab one of those). The stalls sell mostly food produce: fresh fruit and veg, honey, jams, free range beef and pork, hot food and ice cream. There are some stalls with environmentally friendly cleaning products and homemade soaps. The market is very easy to navigate with only one step up or down if you’re taking a pram. There is a lovely atmosphere with the buzz of activity beneath the beautiful towering trees and there are some tables and chairs at either end of the market where you can sit and have your coffee or delicious spring roll after you’ve finished your shopping. If you don’t score a carpark on the edge of the plantation, there are usually plenty in the nearest side street which are an easy walking distance.
I hope you enjoy visiting and sampling the goodies from our beautiful markets in the Macedon Ranges.
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