It’s no secret that I love markets. Wherever I am, a visit to the local markets is usually my first stop. I’ve been spending a bit of time in Melbourne lately so it was a good opportunity to check out the farmer’s markets here.
The Collingwood Children’s Farm Market is unique.
This farm, with the Yarra River winding around it, is in one Melbourne’s inner suburbs, only four kilometres from the centre of the city.
During the week it’s a great place to bring the children to see the resident animals.
On the second Saturday of the month, it hosts a fabulous farmer’s market. Started in 2002, this was the first farmer’s market in Melbourne and is still one of the best.
The old farmhouse still stands as a reminder to a bygone era.

Old Homestead at Collingwood Children's Farm in Melbourne
Old Homestead

As you walk down to the market, you pass the farm’s own vegetable gardens and vines.
Vegetable Gardens at Collingwood Children's Farm in Melbourne
Vegetable Gardens

Vineyard at Collingwood Children's Farm in Melbourne
Vineyard

Children love the ‘chook pen’. The feather footed chickens look like fluff balls.
Chickens at Collingwood Children's Farm in Melbourne
Feather Footed Chickens at Collingwood Children's Farm in Melbourne
Feather Footed Chickens

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Light Sussex Chickens roam free at Collingwood Children's Farm
Light Sussex Chickens roam free

Further on is the milking shed where, twice a day at 10am and 4pm, you can try your hand at milking Heather, the very patient cow.
Milking Heather, the cow at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Milking Heather, the cow

Once a month, the farmer’s market takes over the paddock
A great atmosphere is created with stalls side by side on the perimeter and hay bales dotted around to sit on.
Produce Stalls at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Produce Stalls

Produce Stalls at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Produce Stalls at Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
A fabulous selection of fruit and vegetables are available. Organic chocolate, olive oil, fabulous dried fruit, organic chicken and beef, farm fresh eggs and cheeses and yoghurts are available.
As the seasons change, so do the producers.
Avocados, Lettuces and Herbs at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market
Avocados, Lettuces and Herbs

Seasonal Produce at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbou
More beautiful greens

Fennel and Cauliflowers at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Fennel and Cauliflowers

Radishes at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Radishes

Potatoe Stall at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Different types of potatoes

I was amazed to see a stall just selling walnuts
Walnut stall at Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Walnuts sold in season

Walnuts for sale at Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Walnuts are sold by size

Fresh and roasted chestnuts were also available.
Chestnut Stall at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market in Melbourne
Chestnuts - fresh or roasted

Stay for the Farmer’s Breakfast.
The Farmer's Breakfast at Collingwood Children's Farm market in Melbour
The Farmer's Breakfast stand

Collingwood Children’s Farm Market
St Heliers St
Abbotsford
Eveyday from 10am – 4pm
Market day is the 2nd Saturday in the month from 8am -1pm
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