Connecting with Local Growers and Makers

Here at Glorious Difference headquarters we love to visit markets to get inspired and to connect directly with local growers and makers. Markets are full of personality and character – something you don’t find much of at big shopping centres! There are so many stories to be discovered at markets – stories about the producers and their products that can be fascinating. Markets have been a part of civilization for centuries and there’s a refreshing depth and honesty to them that is lacking in our commercial world full of marketing agendas and retail objectives.

Here are a few Aussie market gems we’ve discovered and worth a visit if you’re in town:

Salamanca Market – Tasmania

Salamanca Market has been around for 45 years and is held each Saturday on Salamanca Place. It is a popular Tasmanian tourist attraction with street stalls selling a variety of goods from fresh and gourmet produce, to handiwork, artisan jewelry, clothing, plants and crafts. You can sit and enjoy listening and watching the buskers while sipping a delicious coffee.

Adelaide Central Market – Adelaide, SA

Fresh food and gourmet meat are the focus for this great market that has been around for over 140 years. More recently Poh Ling Yeow (Masterchef contestant) opened her famous bakery here. There’s also live music at the weekend!  adelaidecentralmarket.com.au

Paddington Markets – Sydney, NSW

Paddington Market has been around since 1973 and become an institution in Sydney with famous designers starting out there including Lisa Ho and Dinosaur Designs. We’ve even had a stall there! Paddington Markets is dedicated to supporting local designers and prides itself on being a ‘meet the maker’ market. Open Saturdays rain, hail or shine!

E Shed Markets – Fremantle, WA

Western Australia’s only waterfront market is located in the historical E Shed in Victoria Quay, Fremantle. Showcasing international cuisines and music, local handicrafts, vintage and new fashion and antiques you can spend the day browsing the stalls while watching the ships passing by before heading to the alfresco terrace for a coffee.

Queen Victoria Market – Melbourne, VIC

A bustling marketplace by day and, come summer, a humming street food and live music space by night, the open-air Queen Vic has been operating since 1878. Jammed with food and wine stalls, donut vans and ‘designer’ clothing, it’s Australia’s closest reincarnation of London’s Borough Market. Locals come for the produce and artisan small goods, while out-of-towners stop by to tick off the all-essential tourist box, and pick up some Aussie memorabilia while they’re at it. qvm.com.au

Carriageworks Farmers Markets – Sydney, NSW

These markets enforce a strict locally-grown policy, with no reselling permitted. Hungry? There’s plenty of food here! Open Saturday mornings. carriageworks.com.au

Mindil Beach Sunset Market – Darwin, NT

Overlooking Mindil Beach, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is Darwin’s largest market and features over 300 stalls ranging from arts and crafts to delicious cuisines. These legends have also banned plastic bags. Open April to October, Thursday and Sunday. mindil.com.au

Eumundi Markets – Eumundi, Queensland

If you’re looking for a feast for the stomach and eyes then look no further than the Eumundi Markets. Established in 1979 with over 600 stalls with a focus on handmade products and gourmet food.Open Wednesday and Saturdays.