MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR DOLLAR
Our farmers' markets are dedicated to Victorian food and producers, regional food cultures, seasonal produce, biodiversity, sustainable farming practices and the strengthening of relationships between the consumer and the producer.
MIRANDA SHARP: FOUNDER
Miranda Sharp coordinates Melbourne Farmers' Markets. Needless to say, she can usually be found on a Saturday morning at a farmers’ market somewhere!
A retired chef, caterer and food writer, Miranda has cheerfully devoted 25 professional years to Melbourne’s food industry. She finds it very hard to determine where work ends and life begins.
Farmers’ markets are the culmination of her interest in Victorian producers and the edible spoils of every season. It is her quest to provide opportunities for everyone who eats to access, enjoy and afford fresh food. And more fundamentally, to remind us all that without the farmers’, the rest isn’t possible.
PRUE ROTHWELL: ADMINISTRATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Prue grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria. Whilst completing a Bachelor of Environments at the University of Melbourne, the city’s food culture took hold and combined with her passion for grassroots community, a love of farmers markets' developed.
Prue manages stallholder & general inquiries, coordinates stallholder lists for market days & contributes to the social media profile of the organisation.
When she's not in the office or at a farmers' market, Prue is out on her bike, training or racing with the Bikebug-Next Gen women's cycling team.
SHIRLEY BILLING: MARKET DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT, GRANTS, STALLHOLDER WRANGLING
Shirley ran away from a Dairy Farm in South Gippsland to join a Circus.
After many years in the Arts industry she has decided to run back to the farmers.
She has worked extensively in events management and live performance with Melbourne International Festival of Arts and Circus Oz. Shirley manages some of our markets, develops new market opportunities, writes grant applications, manages relationships with our stallholders & a myriad of other tasks, with great aplomb.
Please note: on the very rare occasion that we are forecasted with dangerous weather conditions, Melbourne Farmers' Markets reserves the right to close up or cancel a market. In 13 years, we can count on less than one hand how many times we've had to do this - our farmers are made of tough stuff! We've got to keep things safe though. Thank you for your support - MFM.