Fancy a bit of shopping? Want to try some delicious food? Or feel like getting in amongst our friendly local communities? Then come on down to one of our many Shoalhaven markets - we have around 60 different ones scattered throughout the region. With plenty scheduled throughout the year, a visit down to the South Coast means that there's usually a market that coincides with your holiday plans. It's a great way to look for some artisan souvenirs or stock up on fresh, local produce direct from our farmer.
Berry Farmer's Market
When: Thursdays 3pm-6pm
Full of gastronomic goodies, this traditional farmer's market is the perfect place to fill up your basket with the finest ingredients our region has to offer. Cook up a storm at your holiday house with some Wagyu beef or local oysters. Or take home some pantry delicacies such as jams, chutneys and olive oils. Berry Farmer's Market operates as a not-for-profit that assists both emerging and established producers to connect with locals and visitors, sharing their love, knowledge and passion for great food. If you want to learn all about the origins of your food, then this is the place to go. An afternoon at these markets is also usually filled with some live music and games to keep the kiddies entertained. Berry Showground also hosts the Berry Markets on the first Sunday of every month which features a bunch of arts and craft stalls alongside plants and other bric-a-brac items in addition to food vendors.
Cupitt's Grower's Market
When: Last Saturday of every month 10am-12pm
Spend the morning perusing the Cupitt's Grower's Market and follow it up with a lazy afternoon of wine and beer tasting at this stunning countryside vineyard. This market is all about gathering together a group of local people who are passionate about producing their own food. Fruit, veggies, eggs, honey, jams, preserves and even flowers are on offer here at this quaint and charming venue. This is a fairly new venture for the Cupitt family, which means this market is still nice and small, encouraging plenty of interaction between vendors and visitors. It's a great way to get to know members of the community who are really championing the local food movement down in the Shoalhaven. Cupitt's winery is tucked away amongst the green, rolling hills of Milton and stunning Mollymook Beach is just a short drive away - so make sure to cap off your market day with a salty, ocean swim in the afternoon.
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Twilight Market
When: First Saturday of every month 3pm-7pm
A visit to the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum is already a highlight of a trip to the bay, with a large collection of memorabilia and artifacts showcasing the region's rich aquatic history. But did you know that on the first Saturday of the month, this venue also hosts a Twilight Market on the museum grounds? We highly recommend planning your visit to catch one of these market evenings if possible as it's a lovely way to end the day. Entry is free and the market stalls include food vendors in addition to local makers selling their handcrafted goods as well as unique homewares and fresh produce. Grab a glass of wine or a beer and relax by the pond or indulge in some delicious treats, walk down to nearby Huskisson Wharf and watch the sun set over Currambene Creek.
Kangaroo Valley Farmer's Market
When: Second Sunday of every month 9am-1pm
Do all of your grocery shopping at Kangaroo Valley Farmer's Market, located in the heart of town behind the popular Friendly Inn. This is a producer's mecca that supports the region's agriculture, provides healthy options for the community and allows shoppers to connect with local producers. There's new and seasonal produce here all the time from grower's such as Syncarpia Farm and gourmet pantry items from vendors like Kangaroo Valley Olives. Start your morning here by sipping on a warm barista coffee alongside some freshly baked bread and pastries. Kangaroo Valley is well known for its homewares and antique stores so take the opportunity to have a browse in the nearby boutiques while you're here.
Shoalhaven Heads Fresh Produce Market
When: Saturdays from 8am-12pm
A farmer's market that's literally just minutes from the beach? You'll never be able to buy your groceries from a traditional supermarket again! What's not to love about being able to take a refreshing morning swim at stunning Seven Mile Beach and then heading to the market? Grab some fresh ingredients like fruit, veggies, seafood, nuts and chilli jams and other condiments from the stalls set up for your perusal at the Heads Hotel. This market is on every Saturday so it's easy to plan a visit here on your holiday adventures. We also think that finishing off your market shopping is a great reason to treat yourself to a beer at the pub afterward!