Our favourite producers and stalls
Tour guests always ask us for recommendations of things to do post-tour. This is one we recommend to anyone interested in food – our local markets are foodie’s dream and great way to connect with salt-of-the-earth farmers. We are lucky to have some fantastic markets on our doorstep, so when I have a few hours free on a weekend I love visiting our local markets. It’s such a nourishing way to shop; chatting to the farmer or producer, buying local produce that’s in season and supporting local family businesses.
Here are some of my favourite markets plus the stalls and producers I suggest you visit. Let me know which you enjoy the most – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Margaret River Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday. April-November 8am-12pm, December-March 7.30am-11.30am. Margaret River Education Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Hwy Margaret River.
This market has an abundance of beautiful produce, all local, music, breakfast and coffee options plus a lovely atmosphere. I often find myself making several trips to the car there’s just so many fabulous things I “have to have” – pumpkins, roasts, boxes of tomatoes, generous bunches of flowers, delicate pastries and so much more. Be sure to note the ‘new’ location – this market has had several homes in the last few years and is now settled in the Margaret River Education Campus just south of town.
Below are some of the stalls I frequent, but this is not an exhaustive list – there are so many to discover!
McHenry Hohnen – Farm House Margaret River meat
Although not certified organic, the McHenry Hohnen uses biodynamic and organic farming practices both in the vineyard and raising their animals. Their Arkady Lamb and Big Red Pork are on the menus of all the best local restaurants and cafes. I buy my Christmas ham here each year – plus bacon, ribs, roasts, fillets and more throughout the year –sensational!
Leeuwin Grass Fed Beef
Now attending the market fortnightly, this is another marvellous local farming family producing delicious beef. Whether you’re after steak or sausages for a holiday BBQ or a mid-winter roast, you’ll love what they have to offer.
Margaret River Free Range Eggs
You’ll recognise them from your local supermarket, but meet the people behind the famous blue cartons here at the market. Choose from the freshest regular or double-yolker eggs. Occasionally they bring one of their gorgeous happy chickens to meet the public which always delights the kids.
Margaret River Woodfired Bread – aka Yallingup Woodfired Bread
Superb certified biodynamic bread handmade by Marion and Gottard. I highly recommend a late afternoon trip to their bakery for hot bread fresh out of the oven, but picking up a loaf at the market is the next best thing.
Margaret River: corner of Boodjidup Road & Burton Road in Margaret River.
Yallingup: off Biddle and Sheoak Roads in Yallingup.
“I often visit Yallingup Woodfired Bread after 3pm for Wave (white bread) and after 5pm for their fruit loaf – there’s nothing better than bread so fresh it’s still warm”
Margaret River Bakery
Feast your eyes on this! I can’t go past a raspberry Danish or chocolate croissant, and my granddaughter loves their macadamia granola and yoghurt cup. Organic sunflower loaf is perfect for sandwiches too.
Claudio makes authentic Italian biscuits and desserts. Try a slice of Diplomatica if it’s available – a Tuscan dessert you’ll rarely see in Australia. We usually buy a mixed tray of biscuits to nibble throughout the weekend.
Jill James’ Tarts
You’ll have to arrive early to score one of these incredible tarts! They’re all delicious – and Jill makes everything from scratch including the pastry, so they are excellent value too.
Heidi Goat’s Cheese
Sonja raises happy and healthy goats on her farm in Rosa Brook. Haloumi and chevre are particularly delicious. The haloumi I put into veggie fritters for the kids, and chevre is superb with beetroot relish.
Seasonal Fruit and Veggies
I love the fact that this market is strictly locally-grown only. So while we won’t find bananas any time soon, I genuinely get excited about the change of season and the accompanying fruit and vegetables.
Summer: raspberries, avocadoes, apricots, nectarines, cherries, sweet corn, garlic, macadamias, pecans and more
Winter: cauliflowers, persimmons, mandarins, broccoli, kiwi fruit, apples, early asparagus, olives, oranges, passionfruit, pears, pumpkin,
Burnside Organic Farm
Avocadoes and Tempranillo (organic red wine) are the mainstay of Jamie and Lara’s fabulous offering. They have other vegetables, fruit and olives fresh from their farm, depending on the season.
There’s always a queue but they’re worth waiting for! Many varieties – tell Dave what you’re making for dinner and he’ll recommend a potato variety to suit.
Ironstone Valley Orchard
They have apples, nectarines, apricots, tomatoes and pumpkins depending on the season. Grown in Capel.
I buy masses of basil to make pesto in summer. You’ll find generous bunches and a great selection of herbs and salad greens not found anywhere else locally.
Cape Farm Shop
“I’ll have one of each, please” – Seriously, I think I have all of their dressings, vinegars, vincotto and verjuice in my kitchen!
The Shed Markets, Busselton
Located near Monaghan’s Corner in Vasse. Open Thursday: 11am – 6 pm, Friday: 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm.
The Shed markets opened in December 2015. It’s compact but I always find what I’m looking for. Usually I’m on the way back from returning guests to their accommodation and it’s a handy place to shop and enjoy a sneaky burger or satay. There’s 2 greengrocers; one organic, the other specialising in locally grown vegetables and fruit. There’s a florist, café, plus a couple of pre-loved clothing and bric-a-brac stalls.
It has a really nice welcoming feel to it; there’s space for the kids to play, stall holders are friendly and clearly a lot of love has gone into the landscaping and layout.
Conscious Craves have a fantastic whole foods selection – nuts, seeds and dried fruit plus their raw food range. Ky and her team are also at the Margaret River Farmers market with her grawnola, raw cakes and pizza.
Cambray Sheep Cheese
Made from lucky sheep who graze on pastures surrounded
by native bushland and drink from natural springs. You can taste the difference in their delicious cheese.
Outside you’ll find Eat Street – a selection of tasty casual dining options – great on a sunny day! There’s places to sit and a lawn for kids to play on.
Burger Bones are the reason I pop into The Shed so often – Cooper makes seriously good burgers! He ran The Dogfather Diner in London for 20 years, specialising in hotdogs, and began Burger Bones upon returning home to Busselton recently. The patty is from Wragg’s Butcher and the rest of the ingredients are top notch – he uses the very best to ensure a truly delicious burger.
You’ll also find a Singaporean street food stall and Raw Juice bar.
The Town Square Markets, Margaret River
Located at the Margaret River Town Square; 137 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Open every 2nd Sunday 9am-12.30pm
My grandchildren love this market. Located in the centre of town it’s an easy visit after having breakfast at one of the excellent cafes lining the main street. You’ll find all sorts of local handmade goods as well as treasures from further afield.
We recommend checking out this comprehensive list of local markets that covers Busselton, Margaret River, Yallingup and Dunsborough. There’s sure to be one near you!