Pay a visit to Gleadell Street in Richmond on a Saturday morning to explore a bustling market. You’ll find everything from fruits, vegetables and flowers, to bread, poultry and other gourmet treats. Produce is fresh, seasonal and locally grown. It’s one of Melbourne’s oldest and most loved markets.
Lionel Tata sells seafood from a caravan he brings to the market each week. “All of my fish is Australian, a couple of things might come out of New Zealand,” he says. “I fillet it in front of everyone so that they can see that it’s nice and fresh.”
“My fruit is totally natural,” says Bruno Delgrosso, who sells his fruit grown in Red Hill at the markets. “It’s like it would grow in your backyard so we don’t use chemical irrigation, growth regulators, nothing’s waxed… it’s all grown natural with the climate.”
Bill Duff, who sells eggs and honey, sources his products from the Yarra Valley. “The honey that I get all comes from an organic area, it’s cold pressed and I can guarantee there’s no additives.”
Produce sold at the market is very affordable, so it’s a great place to pick up your groceries for the week.
“I love this market because everything is really cheap,” says Bruno. “You don’t have to pay excessive amounts for your fruit and vegetables and there’s just so much variety.”
Many of the stall holders have been selling their wares at the markets for 20 years or more, and have developed strong relationships with the local community.
“The local customers are fantastic, they come back every week,” says Bruno “I’ve actually seen people grow up from two years old to 30 here.”
“I’ve been coming to the Gleadell Street Market for 60 years,” says Bill. “The people that come here, most of them I know personally. It’s a real community market and I think that people who don’t know about it ought to come down.”
You can visit the market in Gleadell Street, Richmond, on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.