Going to Ballina Farmers Market on a Sunday is always a joy. The food and produce are outstanding, as the market hosts the best food producers this region has to offer. It is easy to fill the fridge for the week with all you may need or want. Then there are several delicious breakfast options to choose from; and to eat them by the river is the best, because the location of Ballina Farmers Market is spectacular.
What makes this market especially delightful, locals say, is the people who come and visit the market every week. The joy they bring when they come, shop, get their breakfast and linger to enjoy the atmosphere. There is an ease in the air when strangers chat with one another while waiting in line and in the light banter between customers and stallholders.
Ballina Farmers Market has its origin in a small collection of farmers selling their produce at Missingham Park since the 1980s. George Singh, well known for the beautiful flowers he grows, is the longest-serving stallholder who is still at Ballina Farmers Market now.
Marlene and John Mayall, avocado growers, also have a long association with this market. They have been joined now by a vast array of organic and traditional farmers and food producers, bringing to the market everything, from meat to berries, bread to seedlings, burgers to sushi, eggs and pasta… and too much more to mention!
Ballina Farmers Market’s home is Commemoration Park by North Creek, however, as the park is currently being rejuvenated, the market is being held next to beautiful Missingham Beach every Sunday 7–11am. Come and join them.