We at MFF are always eager to hear about any retailers who provide good quality produce. A new grocer or market find is better than a new restaurant find as it’s the gift that keeps on giving. So with Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our favourite Melbourne markets and grocers that help us provide the best on Christmas Day.
Where to buy your ham, turkey or pork
Richmond, Mentone and St Helena
Open 7 days a week
Berties is one of those butchers that make you want to eat meat every day. They’ve nailed the combination of fresh produce, expert advice and good chat to get you coming back. Berties supplies only the highest quality, Free Range, Grass Fed & organic meats, and the friendly sales assistants make you feel at home whenever you walk through the door. They have a terrific range of all kinds of meats, deli items and take home meals, and their Richmond store has a lunchtime BBQ and café that is a must try if you live or work around the area. Make sure you visit or call ahead to get your Christmas order locked in.
Where to buy cheese
Commercial Rd, Prahran
Open 5 days a week: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday
The Prahran Market is one of the oldest running markets in Australia, and has certainly been described as the ‘food lovers market’. There’s a gorgeous array of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood on offer, but what really gets us excited here at MFF is the beautiful delis full of umptious cheeses. Intimidated about what to order? Don’t be: just ask. The guys are more than willing to help you out, and will even put together a board for you if you ask nicely. Don’t forget the quince paste.
Where to buy fruit & vege
Gleadell St Market
Gleadell St, Richmond
Open Saturdays until 1pm
The Gleadell St Market is one of Richmond’s best kept secrets as it’s one for those that are wanting to save a penny or 2. And let’s be honest: who doesn’t at Christmas time. Gleadell St is located off Bridge Road right next to the Town Hall. The original Richmond market opened in 1873 and the current farmers still travel to Richmond weekly to sell their produce direct to the public. They offer everything from fresh breads and flowers to the morning coffee, but the best deals are found foraging for fruit and vege. Make sure you do a few laps up and down to find the best deals.
Where to buy seafood
Richmond & Oakleigh
Open 7 Days
These guys know not only their Oysters, but all areas of seafood and have been in the business since 1959. You name a seafood and they’ve got it – prawns, lobster, oysters, salmon, tuna, and they offer a wide assortment of platters ready to go for any Christmas event. Feel free to walk in and have a chat with the friendly sales assistants to discuss a pre-order for what’s fresh, as they fillet all of their own fish on premises, purchasing direct from the Melbourne Seafood Centre and direct via farms in Tasmania.