Farmers markets in Perth are becoming quite a thing, probably because Perth is the ideal place for them, with balmy weather, great coffee and delicious local produce.
A farmers market is defined by the goods on sale, which are predominantly fresh, locally sourced food and gourmet delights, sold by those who produce and create them. Perth farmers markets are a great opportunity for you to meet growers, farmers and specialty food producers selling their wares directly to customers, without large supermarket chains intervening.
Most markets include cafe style food and great coffee plus live entertainment, creating a buzz that brings us back to a feeling of community and adds value to a delightful day out in Perth and surrounds. When you’re searching for what’s on in Perth this weekend, check out these markets and include them in your ‘must do’ list.
Make it a Full Day Out
Kalamunda Farmers Market, Central Mall, Kalamunda
Start your weekend day out with Sunday markets in the Perth Hills. Kalamunda Markets are open between 8.00am and 12.00 noon every Sunday.
Grab your Kalamunda Markets re-usable bag and take home a selection of gourmet creations, pickled, preserved or baked using local produce. Beyond seasonal fruit and vegetables, you’ll find free range eggs, organic bread, freshly squeezed juices, honey, nuts, teas and coffee beans, jams, cheeses, spices, fresh flowers and natural beauty products.
This is a fabulous opportunity to sample fresh and local produce, chat to the farmers, producers and artisan food specialists, and buy delicious food for a picnic in the Perth Hills.
Lesmurdie Falls, just 10 minutes’ drive from Kalamunda, is a beautiful spot for picnicking, followed by a relaxing stroll or energetic hike.
Old Perth Road Markets, Old Perth Road, Bassendean
Just across the river from the delightful town of Guildford at the gateway to the Swan Valley, are the Old Perth Road Markets.
These popular markets offer a mix of local produce and crafts, which could mean anything from bee products to gourmet pet food to ceramics and jewellery.
Open all year except January, the Sunday markets on Old Perth Road run on the last Sunday of the month from April to September, with some flexibility to allow for holidays, from 9.00am to 1.30pm. In the warmer months of October, November, December, February and March, they shift to the last Saturday evening of the month, from 5.30pm to 9.00pm.
Before or after your visit, explore the historic town of Guildford and meander along West Swan Road to visit some of the best Swan Valley wineries. Make sure you drop into The House of Honey too for delicious tastings and indulgent gifts.
Markets in the Valleys
Sunday markets in Perth’s beautiful Avon Valley and Chittering Valley take place in the rural towns of Toodyay and Bindoon. Visit this beautiful area for a fabulous day out in the fresh air, explore pretty walk trails along the river and stay on to sample some local cellar door wineries. These markets don’t run every weekend, so check before you leave.
Toodyay Farmers Market, Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
Toodyay is the place for fresh farm produce and preserves from the local Avon Valley and Wheatbelt region. The town itself is a timeless heritage village with cafes and shops to while away the rest of the day. This market is open every third Sunday from 9.00am to 1.00pm, so check opening times on their Facebook page before you leave.
Bindoon Farmers Market, Clune Park, Bindoon
If you want to experience a traditional Sunday market in a Perth country town, selling all things home-grown, hand-made and home-baked, Bindoon is the one. Here you’ll find locals selling fruit, veg, cakes, wines and crafts - all produced locally.
Bindoon is in the pretty Chittering Valley, where you’ll find wineries, orchards and craft outlets to explore after your market shopping. Bindoon Farmers Market is open on the fourth Sunday of each month from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The Swan Valley wine region is equally well known among locals for its range of beautiful fresh produce. Visitors can indulge in a variety of roadside stalls and markets, including one that’s open from Fridays to Sundays every weekend in Henley Brook.
Maggie’s Place Farmers Market, Gnangara Road, Henley Brook
As with all the good farmers markets in the Perth region, Maggie’s Place is devoted to sourcing fresh locally produced fruit and veg, so everything you see here will be seasonal. And this is another great source of locally made preserves, honey and olive oil. This is the only farmers market in the beautiful Swan Valley that’s open all weekend, from Friday at 1.00pm to Sunday at 4.30pm.
Markets in the Parks
Using our parks as venues for gathering to play, eat and shop returns us to the days when food shopping was a community experience, not a solitary chore.
Joondalup Growers Market, Central Park, Joondalup
‘Good old fashioned fresh air’ is a promise from Joondalup Growers Market, and something we often miss out on when we head to shopping malls.
Joondalup is a growing, thriving city on the northern edge of the metro area, and its Central Park has space to spread out a ton of market stalls selling fresh, farm direct produce every Saturday from 8.00am to 12.00 noon.
The best farmers markets in Perth, like this one, assure customers that the produce has been grown, caught or created in Western Australia. This is a great way to get to know more about WA’s produce without touring the whole state.
The market always has coffee, fresh juice and entertainment in spaces where you can stop for a while, breathe the fresh air and connect with real people.
Vic Park Farmers Market, John McMillan Park, Victoria Park
For Sunday markets, Perth’s popular leafy suburb of Victoria Park is often buzzing with activity, creating a strong sense of community and creative zest. Every Sunday from 8.00am to 12.00 noon, the farmers market comes alive under a canopy of gorgeous Morton Bay fig trees.
There are children’s playgrounds, and local musicians start tuning up as the market opens, enriching a lazy Sunday morning spent browsing locally sourced produce, fresh baked, gourmet and organic foods, seafood, teas and spices, and artisan products.
By spending up here, you’re also making a difference to the local community, with funds raised each week going directly towards improvements to the local primary school. Vic Park has a wide range of excellent cafes too, so plan to stay on for lunch!
Where the City Locals Go
Families are starting to see farmers markets in Perth as fantastic ways to turn their local school grounds into community hubs on the weekend. By exploring one of these local markets, you’ll get an authentic feel for life in Perth, where sunny mornings relaxing with the dogs and a great coffee are the norm.
Growers Green Farmers Market, Fremantle College, Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield
Growers Green is on the outskirts of Fremantle, close to the fabulous South Fremantle cafe strip and beach. Like all farmers markets in Perth, it has a vision to provide a more enjoyable alternative to the supermarket shopping experience, and a place to meet the growers and producers themselves.
Join the locals as they shop for the weekly fruit, veg, fish, honey, eggs, olive oil, herbs, jams and baked goods. Get there for breakfast and grab a smoothie, coffee, croissant, bacon and egg roll and more.
Open Sunday mornings from 8.00am to 12.00 noon, the first Sunday of the month is ‘Big Market’ day, when the food and produce stalls are joined by others selling vintage and recycled goods, such as clothes, books and jewellery.
Kyilla Community Farmers Market, Kyilla Park, Clevedon Street, North Perth
As well as providing a space for local producers to sell direct to the customer, Kyilla Community Farmers Market in North Perth has an equally clear vision to create a strong community spirit.
The joy of a farmers market like this lies in the chats you have over a barista coffee or with the person who grew the food you’re buying. It’s also in the knowledge that you’re giving your family healthy, seasonal produce at a surprisingly affordable price, with proceeds going to Kyilla Primary School.
A local community experience like this one is quite different from browsing markets that are more oriented towards visitors. You won’t see the same range of arts and crafts for souvenirs and gifts, but you will get access to some of the best fresh food and an insight into life in Perth.
Kyilla Community Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8.00am to 11.30am.
Subiaco Farmers Market, Subiaco Primary School, Bagot Road, Subiaco
Subiaco Farmers Market is one of the original farmers markets in Perth. Dedicated to healthy living and sustainable food production, the market provides a space for local farmers, growers and producers to reach the locals of Subiaco.
The wide variety of stalls bring you everything from body products to baked goods, health foods to home products, seafood to seedlings.
Open every Saturday from 8.00am to 12.00 noon, Subiaco Farmers Market provides live entertainment and breakfast for a full morning of community spirit, with all proceeds going to Subiaco Primary School. There’s a park nearby to picnic and play, and if you’re hungry at the end of the morning, stroll down Rokeby Road for a selection of restaurants and bars.
Mt Claremont Farmers Market, Mt Claremont Primary School, Alfred Road, Mt Claremont
This is another of the original farmers markets in Perth, which benefits its host school while bringing the wider community together on Saturday mornings from 7.30am to 11.00am.
The market takes pride in the ‘organised turmoil’ that every market has, which adds humour and personality to what might otherwise be a routine shopping experience.
Stalls are filled with farm origin food and gourmet products, hot breakfasts, coffee, freshly squeezed juices and pastries, and while a little smaller than Subi Farmers Market, is just as large in spirit. This humble local venture has even been recognised by the Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and The Food Lover’s Guide to Perth, and top local chefs often source products here for their restaurants.
The Buzz of Freo
Fremantle Markets, South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle
No roundup of farmers markets in Perth would be complete without the famous Fremantle Markets, feeding locals and visitors since 1897.
Half the stalls in the heritage market halls are dedicated to fresh fruits and veg, and specialty food products, creating a bustling atmosphere each weekend from 8.00am on Friday to 6.00pm on Sunday.
While the farm fresh produce is no longer delivered via horse and cart, it’s no less appealing and even more diverse. Seasonal fruit and veg are sold at excellent prices here, with plenty of vendors competing to give you the best quality. Local specialty food producers are generous in offering you a taste before you buy, and there’s a wide variety of hot snacks for brunch or lunch.
You can easily while away most of the day here, browsing more than 150 stalls, including gifts, clothes, homewares and jewellery. Located in the heart of Fremantle, you’ll have plenty to fill the whole weekend - Fishing Boat Harbour and live music venues being other essential Freo experiences to include if you’re looking at what’s on in Perth this weekend.
And There’s More …
There’s an endless list of fabulous farmers markets in Perth and surrounds. For more ideas, go to this link: Weekend Markets in Perth.