Real locals share their passion for goodness

Slow Food Melbourne runs two farmers’ markets providing produce from local stallholders. (Pictures: Supplied)

Slow Food Melbourne, part of a worldwide network that supports the notion of “think global, act local”, runs two farmers’ markets providing produce from local stallholders – i.e. real locals; west-side locals.

The message of Slow Food has always been to eat local, keep food miles to a minimum and support local producers. This has never been a more important message than right now.

Here’s a rundown of just some local producers you can meet at the markets:

Autonomy Distillers is hiding in the back streets of Spotswood, brewing away fabulous gins, spirits and amaros (Italian liqueurs) while also using ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. Ask Ash to tell you more about the secrets of amaro hour and the best way to blend a G&T.

Burn City Smokers is in the middle of Vernon Street, with Steve and Raph smoking up a storm. Buy direct, get them to cater your next function or eat-in next time you’re in the Spotswood neighbourhood.

Curiously Cauli from Farren – a former Western Bulldog – offers fabulous stuffed cauliflower roast or cauliflower crackers, dips and panko-style cauli crumbs.

Inner West Swedish Baker: Geeti wants to spread the word about her wonderful hometown baking traditions and brings dense, dark, flavour-filled rye breads, as well as a variety of yummilicious pastries

Kinglake Blueberries: Yarraville locals (Marianne, Andrew and son from Jake’s Metal Recycling) commute to their Kinglake farm to bring their berries to our doorsteps.

Melbourne Micro Veg: Bonnie and Jason (nutritionist, physiotherapist and health nuts) cultivate highly nutritious microgreens in Williamstown so you won’t have to think twice about food miles.

Mishra’s Kitchen: Known for his fantastic curries at his restaurant opposite Wembley Primary School, Sanjeev offers Bengali magic at home with his Curry Cubes – as well as great curry cooking advice.

Two Birds Brewing: The renowned female-run microbrewery in Spotswood lets you get acquainted (or revisit) their range of beers and ales. A six-pack at your next barbecue will lift it to new heights.

Girls on Bread: Natasha from Maribyrnong is passionate about crusty sourdough baking and it shows.

Where and when:

Every 2nd Saturday @ Happy Receptions, 199 Sunshine Road, Tottenham.

Every 4th Saturday @ Spotswood Kingsville RSL, 59 The Avenue, Spotswood.

NOTE: BYO shopping bag as the markets are plastic and waste free.

Markets open: 8am-1pm. Inquiries: 0438 318 319, email