Farmers Markets : A Food Lover’s Guide
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Farmers Markets : A Food Lover’s Guide

  • Kate Mather
  • 14 June 2024

The NSW South Coast is a haven for food lovers, offering a vibrant array of farmers markets that showcase the region’s fresh produce and artisanal goods. These markets not only provide a unique shopping experience but also offer an opportunity to meet the local producers and learn about their crafts. Here’s a guide to the best farmers markets across the NSW South Coast, including the days they operate and highlights of three top producers at each market.

Berry Farmers Market – Thursdays

Location: Berry Showground, Albany Street, Berry

Berry Farmers Market is a must-visit for its charming ambiance and high-quality products. Held every Thursday afternoon, this market is a fantastic mid-week opportunity to stock up on fresh produce.

Top Producers:

  1. Milkwood Bakery – Renowned for their artisan breads and pastries, Milkwood Bakery offers a variety of delicious baked goods made with locally sourced ingredients.
  2. Silos Estate – This vineyard not only produces excellent wines but also brings fresh, seasonal produce to the market, including olives and olive oil.
  3. Kangaroo Valley Olives – Specialising in award-winning olive oils, tapenades, and marinated olives, this producer is a staple at the Berry Farmers Market.

Kiama Farmers Market – Wednesdays

Location: Surf Beach, Kiama

Kiama Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday afternoon by the beautiful Surf Beach. The coastal backdrop makes it a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll while enjoying the local delicacies.  These markets are also visited by producers from further away such as the Southern Highlands and Braidwood area.

Top Producers:

  1. The Pines Kiama – Known for their creamy, rich dairy products, The Pines Kiama offers a range of gelato, yogurt, and cheese from their grass-fed cows.
  2. Buena Vista Farm – This farm provides free-range eggs, organic vegetables, and handmade preserves, ensuring a diverse selection of wholesome products.
  3. Wandering Cook – Famous for their freshly prepared meals and sauces, Wandering Cook brings a gourmet touch to the market with their unique offerings.

Moruya Country Market – Saturdays

Location: Riverside Park, Moruya

Held every Saturday morning, Moruya Country Market is a bustling event set along the picturesque Moruya River. This market is one of the largest in the region, offering a wide range of local produce and crafts.

Top Producers:

  1. South Coast Cheese – Specialising in a variety of cheeses made from locally sourced milk, South Coast Cheese is a favourite for dairy enthusiasts.
  2. Eurobodalla Oyster Farmers – Bringing the finest oysters from the pristine waters of the South Coast, this producer offers a taste of the sea that’s hard to beat.
  3. Broulee Honey – Known for their raw, unfiltered honey, Broulee Honey provides a sweet treat that’s perfect for anyone looking to indulge in natural goodness.

Milton Village Showground Market – First Saturday of the Month

Location: Milton Showground, Croobyar Road, Milton

On the first Saturday of each month, the Milton Village Showground Market comes alive with stalls offering a variety of fresh produce, handmade goods, and local delicacies.

Top Producers:

  1. Cupitt’s Estate – Offering a range of wines, cheeses, and artisanal products, Cupitt’s Estate is a highlight for visitors looking to enjoy local flavors.
  2. Milton Mushrooms – Specializing in gourmet mushrooms, including shiitake and oyster varieties, Milton Mushrooms brings unique produce to the market.
  3. Bawley Vale Estate – This winery and vineyard provide a selection of fine wines and locally grown produce, making it a must-visit stall.

Tilba Market – Saturdays

Location: Big Hall, Central Tilba

Every Saturday, the historic town of Tilba hosts a market in its Big Hall, offering a cozy and inviting atmosphere with a variety of stalls featuring local produce and crafts.

Top Producers:

  1. Tilba Real Dairy – Famous for their creamy cheeses and yogurts, Tilba Real Dairy showcases the best of local dairy products.
  2. Tilba Valley Wines – Bringing a selection of wines from their vineyard, Tilba Valley Wines is perfect for those looking to sample local vintages.
  3. Narooma Seafood Direct – Offering the freshest seafood from the nearby waters, Narooma Seafood Direct provides high-quality fish, prawns, and other seafood delights.

Bega Farmers Market – Fridays

Location: Littleton Gardens, Bega

Held every Friday, the Bega Farmers Market is a vibrant community hub where locals and visitors can purchase fresh, seasonal produce directly from the growers.

Top Producers:

  1. Bega Valley Eggs – Known for their free-range eggs, Bega Valley Eggs ensures high-quality, ethically produced eggs.
  2. Wolumla Grove – Specialising in organic fruits and vegetables, Wolumla Grove brings a variety of fresh, sustainably grown produce to the market.
  3. Bega Cheese Heritage Centre – Offering a range of cheeses and dairy products, this producer highlights the rich dairy heritage of the Bega Valley.

Benefits of Visiting Farmers Markets

Freshness and Quality

Farmers markets offer the freshest produce, often harvested just hours before the market opens. This ensures you get the highest quality fruits, vegetables, meats and other goods.

Supporting Local Economies

Buying from farmers markets supports local farmers and artisans, helping to sustain the regional economy and promote sustainable practices.

Community Connection

Visiting farmers markets fosters a sense of community and allows you to connect with the people who grow and produce your food. It’s an opportunity to learn about their practices and the stories behind their products.

Exploring the farmers markets along the NSW South Coast is a delightful way to experience the region’s rich agricultural heritage and vibrant community spirit. With South Coast Experiences, you can enjoy a tailored itinerary that takes you to these wonderful markets and introduces you to the best local producers. Happy market shopping!