With farmers produce markets becoming a popular feature of the Yarra Valley region, we visited the Lilydale Farmers Produce Market to see what's on offer.
This market has been running for a few years and although it is relatively small in comparison to the Healesville market, the quality of the produce on offer makes it well worth a visit.
The market is organised by the Rotary Club with all money going to charity including, the very worthwhile, Wheelchairs for Kids program.
The Market publicity says there are over 50 stalls. However, the day we visited there weren't quite that many - 32 to be exact. OK, so it's a small market, but if you are looking for top quality produce you won't be disappointed. We wandered, sampled, sniffed, tasted and chatted for a couple of hours and came away with some beautiful wine, strawberries that tasted like they should, mouth watering custard & gin tarts and some spuds sold literally off the back of a truck by a couple of charming Aussie characters.
Market organiser, Bill Sutherland says, "the goal of setting up the market was twofold. To help support the regional producers and at the same time raise money for charity. In fact, money used from the market was used to help rebuild after the "Black Saturday" bushfires."
Swansea Rd, Lilydale VIC
Melways - 38 G8,
Next to Lilydale lake.