So, you'd like to know a bit more about us...
What we do
Your Local Markets has been running vibrant farmers markets on the Gold Coast for 6 years and is expanding south of the border, into Sydney. We offer a number of quality markets with a focus on local, sustainable and beautiful products, including Food and Farmers markets, Global Food markets, and Artisans markets.
What we offer
Your Local Markets Food & Farmers’ Markets attract thousands of shoppers every week. And there’s a reason - we regularly feature over 80+ stallholders at each of our markets, who sell organic and conventional fresh fruit and vegetables; handmade jams, pickles and jellies; meat, fish and poultry; freshly ground coffee and herbal teas; gluten-free pastries and pies; olives and cheeses; homemade cordials and organic juices; bread and other bakery items; barbequed chicken; cupcakes; soy candles, hand made skin creams and more.
We currently run Food & Farmers’ Markets in Queensland and NSW. In Queensland our markets are situated on the Gold Coast: Lakeview at Mermaid, The Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall and Palm Beach Currumbin High School, at Currumbin. In NSW our Food, Farmers' & Artisans' Markets are located at Bondi Junction. For more information on our markets, see Market Locations.
What's important to us
Because we run our markets so well, and they’re such a great way to spend a morning, Your Local Markets are now seen as the new benchmark for community-based markets, in terms of quality, atmosphere and unbridled success.
And part of this is due to our mission, which, is to
“facilitate authentic connections between producers, consumers and the community.”
More of what we believe in
A critical element of our mission is to genuinely and proactively facilitate these authentic connections which occur between all sections of the community who come together at every one of our markets. We believe that much of these connections have been lost in today’s supermarkets and shopping centres. We’re all searching for ways to regroup, re-gather and reconnect. And what better way to do that than by shopping for authentic, quality products straight from the person who grew, reared, caught or made them?
Issues and movements we support
Your Local Markets is proud to support the international movement in favour of local communities and producers.
Your Local Markets also supports the Slow Food Movement and its principals are members of Slow Food Australia and believe that food should be good, clean and fair. The principles of Slow Food are that the food we eat should taste good; it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
We believe that we should return to the older ideals where food was celebrated, became the centre of our families and connections, but where we started with the beautiful raw ingredients and turned it into something special. We celebrate food, as we celebrate life!
We're also passionate about the our planet and all the living things that inhabit it. We're obviously concerned about global warming and ways we can live more sustainably, for us, our children, and their children. So we're thrilled we're doing our bit to help reduce food miles and supporting our local farmers and sustainable farming methods (like organic and bio-dynamic methods).
Because we're passionate people, we're also interested in fitness, health and nutrition, particularly that of the younger generation.
We also embrace small and emerging designers, artists and artisans with a focus on sustainable and recycled products. Those who create unique, beautiful things deserve a forum to sell their wares and we're hugely supportive of anything that does not come from a large chain store! Our Artisans'Markets will have a focus on authenticity, sustainability, uniqueness and beauty. Keep checking our website for more details!
Finally, we're passionate about making a difference, and giving back to those less fortunate. We believe it is our duty as community-minded people living in "the lucky country" to support and give to others who are not as privileged we are. In Sydney, our nominated charity is OzHarvest, who feed the homeless and hungry. Click here for OzHarvest's website.
What we do about all our interests and passions
You'll see on our homepage that we have a Facebook and Twitter pages and often share and discuss issues with our community. But mostly, we do our best to bring you the best markets possible, to support our local farmers, producers, businesses, community and hopefully have fun too!