Farmers Markets are the antithesis of the supermarket. They are local, direct, friendly, and fun – not words you associate with your weekly shop! The Tallarook Farmers Market is more like a festival on the first Sunday of the month, rather than mere shopping. There’s live music, great coffee, brunch options, not to mention those farmers, makers, and producers who have fresh and made goods to sell.
The mix of stalls changes a little from one market month to the next, with the seasonality of produce and the production of the various makers. These days, stallholders are equipped with contact-less payment methods, and trademark smiles. There’s a simple joy in talking to the guy who made the hot sauces about his passion for different varieties of chillies, or to the potter about her obsession with form, or the florist about growing flowers in her parents garden.
This little market has a lively community vibe, with people coming from Yea, Seymour, and surrounds to gather, shop, chat to friends, and catch up over a coffee or gozleme. Speaking of that coffee, the little caravan at is a social enterprise. Also, the coffee is terrific. The market is partially housed in the recently reconstructed Mechanics Institute Hall. It’s a little bit retro, but definitely a modern building that makes a tribute to its predecessor.