Shop sustainably at Boroondara’s markets

From organic produce to pre-loved goods – shopping at our local markets is a surefire way to live more sustainably.

There’s never been a better time to consider how we can collectively live (and shop) more thoughtfully. Our markets promote environmentally friendly practices in different ways. We’ve summarised just some of the reasons to make the switch.

Boroondara Farmers Market

Hosted every first, third and fifth Saturday of the month, shopping for fresh produce at our own farmers market is a great way to ensure an environmentally conscious food shop. It’s accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association and held in partnership with the Rotary Club of Glenferrie.

By shopping at the Boroondara Farmers Market, you can:

  • reduce your food miles by choosing organic produce fresh from Victorian farmers brought right to your doorstep
  • choose to reuse by bringing along your own bags, coffee cups and reusable utensils
  • avoid packaging by buying fresh food from passionate farmers, while learning about the ingredients and processes involved.
A selection of colourful felt bags with pockets on the front holding felt animals

Camberwell Fresh Food Market

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Camberwell Fresh Food Market hosts butchers, fishmongers, florists and fruiterers selling produce in a ‘one-stop shop’ that can reduce how far you travel to shop for food.

Camberwell Fresh Food Market is launching a number of sustainable initiatives this year, including its sustainable market bag program. Shoppers can now pick up a free market bag from any market trader. Made from sustainable and recycled materials, the bags can be re-used by shoppers each week.

Camberwell Sunday Market

Melbourne’s most iconic flea market is a hub of sustainability, with stallholders selling pre-loved and retro goods each Sunday morning from the boots of their cars.

By shopping at the Camberwell Sunday Market, you can:

  • curb fast-fashion trends by buying second-hand clothing and footwear
  • give pre-loved and antique goods a second life.

Hawthorn Makers Market

If artisan products and craft are your thing, shopping at the Hawthorn Makers Market on the first Sunday of each month (March to December) is a great way to switch to sustainable purchasing.

By shopping at the Hawthorn Markers Market, you can:

  • select from handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewellery, often made from ethically sourced materials
  • buy handmade reusables, like beeswax wraps
  • try skincare made from natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals.

Find out more about Boroondara’s markets at Markets.

We asked stallholders how they operate sustainably

Mark Ryan, Eureka Coffee Director and stallholder at Boroondara Farmers Market:

All of our coffee served and sold at the Boroondara Farmers Market is 100% direct-trade Australian-grown Arabica coffee. We buy directly from growing partners in NSW and roast it in Fitzroy. All by-products from the roasting and serving processes are reused, and we encourage everybody to bring their own reusable cup – it’s a fantastic way to decrease waste.

Petalyn Walker, Sustainable Wraps stallholder at Boroondara Farmers Market:

Our products, Beeswax Wraps, are all about sustainability. This reusable food covering can be used over and over again then composted at the end of its life. We started by using by-product from our other activities – I am a beekeeper and my sister sews. Then we sourced wax from an off-grid, ethical beekeeper in north-east Victoria.

Jessica Beer, Schulz Organic Farms stallholder at Boroondara Farmers Market:

One way we promote sustainability is through our returnable glass milk bottle program. Milk in Glass was launched in 2018. Today, with the support of our customers at Boroondara Farmers Market, we save around 8,500 kg of single-use plastic per year.