The Swan Hill Farmers Market is held on the first Sunday of each month in the picturesque surrounds of Riverside Park, Swan Hill.
Our mission is to maintain a regular accredited farmers market that is an anticipated event in our township, not only for the opportunity to source high quality, local produce but also as a forum to connect and share time with family and friends. It’s also an opportunity to learn together about the benefits of supporting local, sustainable agriculture.
We believe that a farmers market provides a platform for local growers to showcase nutritious and seasonal produce in an environment which has mutually beneficial social and economic advantages for producers and the community.
The market in numbers
The first Swan Hill Farmers Market was held on Sunday 6 December and it continues to attract strong monthly crowds in excess of 1,000 visitors who come to meet and buy fresh regional produce from around 20 regular stallholders.
The market’s committee is keen for the monthly market to be a major community event, with activities, displays and entertainment, with a focus on attracting regular locals and families.
Giving back to the community
You will have noticed people collecting money at the entry points to the market. Each month we invite a local, not-for-profit organisation to collect gold coin donations. Half of the money raised at each market goes to the community group and half goes towards market costs.
10 reasons to love your farmers market
- Provides our community with access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown food
- Preserves sustainable farming and local food production
- Raises our region’s profile as a key food production area
- Create a new income stream for local food growers and producers
- Encourages regional biodiversity
- Instils pride in the community
- Grows tourism
- Engage young people in developing food skills
- Increases understanding of how purchasing locally-grown food strengthens local economy
- Play a critical role in creating a food system that fosters an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable community.