When its market time in Canberra people are brought together as they bring an eclectic mix of talent that creates an exciting event to mingle, make money and make new friends.
Successful markets join urban and rural economies allowing them to benefit from each other and keep money flowing within the neighbourhood and nearby areas. It’s a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to get started in making a name for themselves by hosting a less expensive space that sees visitors in the thousands and the chance to stand out from the millions of stores and options that consumers are exposed to daily.
Fresh food markets in particular are fantastic for finding healthier foods, moving away from hormone-filled and pesticide-ridden produce that can be found in supermarkets. Not only is there nutritional benefits buying fresh from the farm but it becomes a social activity for families and friends as you taste-test your way through the stalls and find organic produce that contributes to the Australian-made effort, keeping our farmers in business. There is also a significantly decreased chance of contamination in local food compared to imported produce from relatively unknown areas.
Markets join cultural communities, bringing together large numbers of people with various backgrounds, interests, products and ideas. People are mixing, discovering something new and making new friends and opening up the minds of rural and urban communities to things like multiculturalism.
The positive social activity of getting together with friends to hunt for vintage treasures, second-hand books, jewellery, clothes and international foods has positive effects on how a person feels about their hometown. Studies have shown that having activities to do on the weekend outside the house creates positive feelings based on a holistic offering within a city.
Canberra’s market scene came to life in the initial plans as Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin planned each town centre to be the shopping or ‘market’ hubs of that area for residents to find food, clothing, trinkets and all kinds of services for the home.
There is a great sense of community in Canberra’s markets with the regulars opening every week, month or quarter presenting fresh food, arts and craft, jewellery, clothes and much more.
Vendors from across the country and the globe flock to the capital bringing with them the end products of their great talent. Here’s three markets you should check out this spring.
The award winning Handmade Market returns to Canberra with the very best of Australian handcrafted designs. Think stylish, unique and exceptional quality. You will certainly find that special gift for someone special at the Handmade Market.
Old Bus Depot Markets
The grand dame of the Canberra market scene, Old Bus Depot Markets have been welcoming locals and visitors since 1992. Open every Sunday, you will find antique treasures, handmade arts and crafts, gourmet foods and fun activities for the kids and adults.
Capital Region Farmers Market
Local Farmers converge on Canberra’s favourite food market to offer the freshest of fresh produce for you to sample and buy. Held each Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am make sure to stop by for a delicious health fix your body will thank you for.
Finding the market for you is easy in Canberra; just think about exactly what you want or need and we can promise that we have it.