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Buy local and seasonal food

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Locally produced food grown in sync with the seasons is fresher and requires less energy to produce and transport to you.

Eating local and seasonal food supports local producers and the production of crops that are appropriate to our environment. It alleviates the reliance on long-distance transport and refrigeration of foods that are grown thousands of kilometres away. Foods grown in sync with the seasons are more in tune with our intuitive nutritional needs; after all, who wants a cucumber sandwich in the middle of winter?

How to do it now!

Buy & eat local and seasonal food!

Farmers markets are a great place to buy locally produced food and a great directory is available from the Australian Farmers' Markets Association.

Local farmers markets include:

Traralgon Farmers Market
Fresh vegetables, organics, meat, eggs, honey, olives, cakes etc.
4th Saturday of the month, 8.00am – 1.00pm
Kay St gardens, Traralgon
Contact Allan Vickery for more information on 0409 232 715 or 51742279

Old Gippstown Market
Produces market, fruit and vegetables plus bric-a-brac and crafts.
Last Saturday of the month, 9.00am – 2.00pm (Closed June, July, August)
Old Gippstown Heritage Park, Moe
Contact: 51273082

Callignee Community Market
Plants and locally grown products and crafts.
3rd Sunday of the month 8.00am – 1.00pm (Closed June, July, August, September)
Contact: Lex 51743808

South Gippsland Farmers Market
Quality fresh produce grown by local farmers.
First Saturday of each month
Koonwarra, Memorial Park
Ph 03 5668 6294

Drouin Farmers Market
Traditional farmers market with over 35 stalls offering locally grown produce direct from the grower.
Third Saturday of each month
Civic Park, Drouin
Ph 03 5627 6337

Tyers Farmers Market
Fresh vegetables, organics, meat, eggs, honey, olives, cakes and so much more. Over 25 stalls all selling fresh local produce.
Fourth Saturday of each month
Bert Christianson Reserve, Tyers
Ph 03 5664 0096

Sale Farmers Market
Over 40 stalls selling a wide range of fresh regional produce
Third Saturday of each month
Port of Sale
Ph 03 56 64 0096

East Gippsland Farmers Market
Over 25 stalls selling fresh local produce from 8am-1pm on the first Saturday of each month.
Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, McKean Street, Bairnsdale
For further info call the Regional Farmers Market Info Line
Ph 03 56640096

Omeo Region Local Produce Market
A selection of local stalls offering delicious delights such as homemade smoked trout pate and hummus, local jams, preserves and sauces, local honey, homemade breads, soups and handmade paper.
Last Saturday of each month.
Colonial Gardens, Omeo

Foods in season throughout the year

Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Apricots  Avocado (Fuerte) Beetroots  Asparagus 
Beans  Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts)  Broccoli  Avocado (Hass)
Berries & Currants Cauliflower Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts)  Beetroots 
Celery  Celery  Cauliflowers  Berries & currants
Cherries  Chestnuts  Celery  Broccoli 
Corn  Cumquats  Cumquats Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts) 
Cucumber Figs Fennel Corn
Eggplants  Ginger Ginger Cucumbers
Figs Leeks  Jerusalem Artichokes Fennel 
Green pea Melons Lemons & Limes Green, Snap & Snow pea, 
Leeks  Olives  Olives  Leeks 
Melon  Parsnips  Parsnips  Lemon & Lime
Pears Pears  Rhubarb  Peppers & chillies
Peppers (& Chillies)  Quinces  Sweet Potatoes Rhubarb 
Tomatoes Sweet Potatoes Turnips & swedes Zucchini & Squash
Zucchini & Squash Tomatoes     

 (Southern Australian emphasis)

Grow your own food - The best way to get local and seasonal is to use your own backyard! You can have a veggie garden all year round with seasonal vegetables. (See our 'Grow your own Food' action).

Why is this action important?

Changing our eating habits is a simple way to reduce our impact on the environment, address climate change (via reduced transport and industrial energy) and support local communities and farmers. You'll benefit from an interesting and diverse diet year round and support organisations like the Australian Farmers' Markets Association, which advocate low-impact farming and produce diversity.