Work up a healthy appetite with a ride to a market, then load up with food. Simon Vincett digs up some fresh and tasty capital city options.
Why fight for a park at the supermarket when you can ride to a farmers’ market instead? Many markets are close to bike paths and make a great destination for a weekend trundle.
Markets are great places for the whole family, with coffee, sausage sizzles and all manner of food, and entertainment and often play equipment for the kids. Not to mention the produce directly from the producers. You’ll have an appetite after all your riding.
Plan for carting home the delicious produce you will buy, including cooler bags with freezer blocks if you want to buy meat, dairy or seafood. Cargo bikes and trailers come into their own for market rides but you can carry a lot in panniers, a basket and/or a backpack. Check out the system used by other bike riders to plan what works for you for subsequent market rides.
You might want to use the train for part of your journey. For Sunday markets, Melbourne and Sydney offer concession daily tickets for the entire greater metropolitan network and bikes travel free. Cargo bikes and trailers aren’t so easy to combine with trains though.
There are markets all over the place these days and here we’ve listed some capital city markets that are central and handy to bike paths. For other options try searching www.farmersmarkets.org.au/markets.
Subiaco Primary School, Perth
- Fruit and veg, seafood, meat, dairy, bread and specialty produce
- Coffee, breakfast and morning tea options
- 150m from the Principal Shared Path between central Perth and Fremantle
- 200m from Subiaco train station
Mt Claremont Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 8am–noon, 5.5km away on shared paths.
For bike routes around Perth www.ridethecity.com/perth
Salamanca Place, Hobart
Saturday 8.30am–3pm “rain, hail or shine”
- Hundreds of stalls of fruit and veg, seafood, meat, dairy, bread and specialty produce, art and craft, clothing, books, etc
- Many coffee and food options
- The Intercity Cycleway from Claremont ends right at the market
Tasmanian Farm Gate Market, Sundays, at Melville Street Car Park, 8am–noon.
Northey Street City Farm, Windsor, Brisbane
- Fruit and veg, breads, meat, dairy, drygoods and preserves
- Organic tea, coffee or a light breakfast at the Northey Street Cafe
- Access from the Enoggera Creek bike path
- 3km from Wilston train station via back streets and path
For bike routes around Brisbane www.ridethecity.com/brisbane
Bank Street, Pyrmont
Every day except Christmas 7am–4pm
- Seafood, deli, bread, fruit and veg and wine
- Pizza and cafe fare
- Access from off-road path from Anzac Bridge and Glebe
- Approximately 6km from Erkinville or Newtown train stations
- Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market at Pyrmont Bay Park 7–11am on the first Saturday of every month except January
Rocks Farmers’ Market, Fridays and Saturdays 9am–3pm.
For bike routes around Sydney www.ridethecity.com/sydney
For a hard copy map call City of Sydney on (02) 9265 9333
Wilunga Town Square, SA
- Fruit and veg, meat, bread and pastries, preserves and specialty produce
- First farmers’ market in SA and one of the best
- At the end of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, a 34km ride from Marino.
East Brunswick, Melbourne
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am–1pm
- Fruit and veg, meat, bread and pastries, preserves with some art and craft, clothing, books, etc
- Coffee, cake and live music
- Much produce grown by CERES
- Access from the Merri Creek Trail
Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market (every 2nd Saturday) on the Main Yarra Trail.
For bike routes around Melbourne www.ridethecity.com/melbourne
Tip – Let the bike do the carrying
Plan for carting home the delicious produce you will buy, including cooler bags with freezer blocks if you want to buy meat, dairy or seafood. Cargo bikes and trailers come into their own for market rides but you can carry a lot in panniers (saddlebags), a basket and or a backpack. Check out the system used by other bike riders to plan what works for you for subsequent market rides.
What’s your favourite market to ride to?
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