Must visit Farmers’ Market in New South Wales

Nothing beats the atmosphere and fresh seasonal produce of a local farmers’ market. Stallholders calling out their wares, sizzling aromas from hot food stalls and bright stands of colourful fruit and veg. From Wagga to Dubbo, Newcastle to Port Macquarie and Ballina, NSW farmers’ markets offer a vibrant and diverse range of unique homemade products, small-batch wines and the best regional produce straight from the farm. Fill your basket and meet the growers on a culinary adventure as we explore the must-visit farmers’ markets in NSW.

Riverina Producers’ Market – Wagga Wagga

Organic Food and veg is so good. Image from Getty.

In the heart of the Riverina farming region, the Riverina Producers’ Market in Wagga Wagga brings farmers, producers and hungry food lovers together every Thursday. Located undercover at the Wagga Showgrounds, the bustling market boasts an impressive array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products, and is one of the top rural foodie finds. Artisanal handcrafted products and live entertainment contribute to the vibrant social atmosphere.

Where to stay

After stocking up at the farmer’s market in Wagga Wagga, you’ll find plenty of relaxing and comfortable accommodation options, including the Comfort Inn Heritage Wagga and the Quality Inn Carriage House.

Foreshore Markets – Port Macquarie

Choosing fresh organic fruits at farmers market stall is so fun. Image from Getty.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Hastings River, the Foreshore Market in Port Macquarie is the perfect destination for a leisurely Sunday outing. With an eclectic mix of stalls showcasing locally grown produce and gourmet foods as well as unique arts and crafts, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery, the market is known for its relaxed vibe and the opportunity to engage with local producers. 

Where to stay

Enjoy comfortable waterfront accommodation with a view at the family-friendly Comfort Resort Waters Edge, on the banks of the Hastings River.

Newcastle City Farmers’ Market – Newcastle

Stop by the farmers market. Image from Newcastle Farmers Market.

The hip harbour city of Newcastle is not just famous for its lifestyle and beautiful beaches, it also hosts a thriving weekly farmers’ market that reflects the region’s agricultural richness. The Newcastle City Farmers’ Market is a treasure trove of organic farm-fresh produce, delectable patisserie treats, and preserved jams, chutneys and sauces. Open Sundays at the Newcastle Showground, you’ll also find succulent fresh rock oysters, organic sourdough and gourmet coffee.

Where to stay

The Terminus Apartment Hotel offers contemporary, serviced apartment-style rooms right in the city centre, perfect for exploring the farmers’ market Newcastle.

Dubbo Farmers’ Market 

Nothing beats a farmers market. Image from Getty.

In the beautiful Macquarie Valley in Western NSW, the Dubbo Farmers’ Market draws visitors from far and wide. From organic fruits and vegetables to grass-fed meats and handcrafted cheeses, the twice-monthly market offers an extensive selection of premium produce. With a social village atmosphere and warm community feel, it’s also a great spot for a hot breakfast on the weekend. You can engage with farmers, learn about sustainable farming practices, and savour the flavours of the countryside. 

Where to stay

Close to scenic attractions like the Taronga Western Plain Zoo, the award-winning Quality Inn Dubbo Internationaloffers a central and comfortable stay.

Ballina Farmers Market  

Delicious fruit and veg at farmers markets. Image from Ballina Farmers Market.

For a taste of authentic, locally-farmed Northern Rivers produce, Ballina Farmers Market hits the spot. Open Sunday mornings in Missingham Park, next to the Richmond River, you’ll find a vibrant array of fruits, vegetables, artisanal bread, and gourmet delights. Enjoy a local roasted coffee or stop for breakfast at one of the food stalls while doing your market shop. With live music and a friendly community atmosphere, the Ballina Farmers Market provides a delightful experience for families, foodies, and anyone looking to support local farmers and growers.

Where to stay

Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned accommodation at the Econo Lodge Chaparral Motel Ballina, complete with an outdoor pool and a sunny terrace.

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