“We add something to all of our quiches, pies, pastries & desserts to make taste so good!”
Did you see the newspaper wrap in which Farmers Market Pastry Chef, Joel Benbow, admitted that he and his team of 16 pastry chefs have been using fresh whole food ingredients in the entire range of Market Made quiches, pies, pastries and desserts to improve nutritional values and taste. And he says he wouldn’t have it any other way!
SEE COMMENTS FOR LINK: Check out the link to the full interview with our very own pastry chef to find out what goes into making our handmade pastry products taste so good!
Just some feedback, don't know if these guys make the bread but the message I have should get through to those who do, we bought a pack of bao buns, reluctantly, due to the size of them.
They taste good but on eating they are double the size they should be,they're not meant to be a burger but a couple of bites. Cheers
3 DIFFERENT WAYS TO COOK... (With food from the Farmers Market)
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that (like most folks reading this) you’re going to want to eat some food today… and tomorrow, and probably most days this week?
I’m also guessing that if you had the choice, you’d prefer to eat tasty, nutritious food, made with top quality, locally grown ingredients…
And finally, I imagine that, depending on the day of the week (and your varying commitments), the way you go about cooking changes from one day to the next; sometimes you’ll have both the time & inclination to cook from scratch, other times… not so much!
If this sounds at all like you, that’s great because, well… we get it!
It’s why we’ve arranged things at the Farmers Market so you can buy food to cook in three different ways to suit your lifestyle and your cooking preferences, as follows:
> 1. FRESH LOCAL INGREDIENTS… (For hands-on home-cooking!)
At the Farmers Market you’ll find the freshest grower-direct produce we’re so fortunate to have on our doorstep; perfect when you want to cook from scratch with the best ingredients in WA.
> 2. FRESH CUTS PACKS… (A little assist for time-poor cooks!)
When you want to cook with Farmers Market produce, but prefer the prep work was already done, grab a fresh-cuts pack containing the perfect amount of washed, chopped & measured ingredients!
> 3. MARKET MADE MEALS... (For taking the night off!)
If you want to eat a delicious & nutritious meal (made with Farmers Market ingredients) in minutes and you don’t have the time, ingredients, facilities or inclination to do it all yourself, keep a freshly prepared Market Made meal or two in your fridge; you’ve never tasted a ready meal like ours!
SAY G’DAY TO SABINA… (Finder of the Finest Farmers Market Flowers)
If you’re a regular at the Farmers Market, chances are you know (or have at least seen) Sabina from the florist - pictured here…
But what you may not know is that our lovely Florist Manager is not only the person who setup the flower shop 5 years ago (when we opened the new premises) but she’s also the fabulous flower finder who visits our hardworking local flower growers & suppliers to source the most beautiful varieties of blooms!
Sabina meets with and talks to all our growers every week to keep track of what's available and what’s coming soon throughout the growing seasons.
So what does all this mean for you, well… it means Sabina knows a thing or two about flowers and that, if you’re looking for something especially beautiful either for your table vase or for a special occasion, you could do a lot worse than have a chat to her...
And if you need some extra special flowers for your wedding day, for instance, that’s something Sabina and her team is particularly gifted at helping to organise!
If the last five years have shown anything, it’s that there’s not much that can’t be done when it comes to flowers at the Farmers Market Florist!
P.S. You can now follow the Farmers Market Florists on instagram @bfm_florist! ... See MoreSee Less
When are you opening the Mandurah and cockburn stores? 🙊
2 weeks ago · 6
Awesome! Sometimes though all I want is the florist without having to walk allll the way around (and getting distracted haha) be handy if that was front and centre or even have a few things at the front to grab on the go
I think you guys should build another one on the other side of the highway to keep up with the demand 👍😁😁
2 weeks ago · 5
Now need decked parking!
2 weeks ago · 3
Great work! Can’t wait to see it but hopefully something can be done about about the congestion in this part when trying to enter/exit the store. Also maybe have the dog area a little further away.....had to put myself between a gnarly dog and my 8yo s couple of weeks backs just to get a trolley.
2 weeks ago · 2
Hi Graehem Kevin it looks great the only shop for quality
2 weeks ago · 1
Maybe some changes to the carpark would be great too, as it gets really busy esp during the holidays and long weekends.
2 weeks ago · 2
I had a dream once that your front car park was turned into a cafe with more seating etc haha. Ehhh close enough!
2 weeks ago · 2
Stir fry packs in the new cafe fridges please 😊 In a hurry home and a healthy family food grab would be fantastic.
1 week ago · 1
I'd love to see a BFM food truck!
2 weeks ago · 3
It looks amazing I can't wait for my next visit to see the changes.
2 weeks ago · 2
Just when you think the place can’t get any better 👍☺️
Hey folks, I hope you’re having a happy Friday and you’re looking forward to the long weekend?
I just wanted to drop a note here which I hope will make the more environmentally conscious among us even happier...
We’ve started using bagasse trays (a sugar cane pulp byproduct) instead of plastic punnets to contain our extreme value bananas.
This is a part of a number of initiatives we’re testing and working on to improve recyclability and reduce the environmental impact of running the farmers market.
Now, you may be thinking, “That’s great but why on earth do you have to use any packaging on your bananas, don’t they come with their own packaging?”
This is a question that gets asked fairly regularly, so I wanted to explain why we have some of our fresh produce punneted or trayed in the first place.
To the casual observer it might seem strange, unnecessary or a bit pointless to package fresh produce but the truth is packaging certain kinds of fruit & veg in the way we do actually allows us to do three important things:
1. Buy more from (and more sustainably support) our growers across their entire crop; you see the produce in punnets or trays are typically the smaller fruits & vegetables which are often rejected by other retailers as they don’t meet their strict size / colour / shape specs. Instead of refusing the produce (and forcing the growers to waste it by throwing it away or ploughing it back into the ground at substantial cost to the grower) we take the smaller quality produce and punnet into certain quantities and price the pack to differentiate it from the loose, larger and usually more expensive produce.
2. This prevents any confusion at the checkouts since we often carry multiple examples of the same produce (from different growers or the same) and makes the checkout process more streamlined; which particularly at peak trading times is very important.
3. It allows us to offer more variety and varying price points so that there‘s a premium option for those who want it and a more budget friendly option for those buying in bulk.
All that said, we know packaging is unpopular and so we’re constantly exploring alternative materials (such as the afore mentioned biodegradable and compostable bagasse trays made of a sugar cane byproduct).
We’re even exploring see-through biodegradable punnet as we have many customers who like transparent punnets since they:
> Protect produce on the return trip home (many guests drive great distances to visit BFM),
> Keep produce organised & visible in the fridge (so you can see what you have at a glance),
> Allow guests to check the fruit is unmarked (even underneath),
> Can be repurposed into paint pots or seedling pots for school children (guests often tell about the uses they put empty containers to)
So just to summarise, we’re absolutely on board with looking for alternative packaging options, but in the meantime I just wanted to explain that (rather than being pointless) our use of packaging is actually quite purposeful.
I hope that makes sense?
P.S. Just in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s also a dedicated recycling station permanently located outside the left hand exit doors at the Farmers Market, which you can use to recycle most of the packaging we use here. ... See MoreSee Less
well done BFM. next is to switch your plastic bags on the roll to paper bags... would happily pay the extra for a paper bag rather than use the plastic...
actually, I'm doing this already... heading off to grab your mushroom paper bags to put my fruit in rather than use the plastic ones....
Glad to see attempts at reducing our plastic consumption. Keep going Farmers Market. I now only buy plastic free products (except meat which is very difficult, and cheese...) and can do it in your store if I’m selective so well done guys!
My old grocer always trained staff in product recognition and also had reusable buckets/punnets of sale or special items. Completely packaging free. Could be an alternative approach to trays and cling wrap.
2 weeks ago · 6
Seems to me that wrapping and plastic is a world wide issue and we all have to rethink our life styles. We all have a responsibility!
Well done F.Market, keep up the good work and the amazing produce you offer.
4 days ago · 1
Sweeter Banana Co-Operative Carnarvon WAWhile the bananas above are from Qld, Sweeter Banana Co-Operative Carnarvon WA Bananas also come pre-packaged as the skins are thinner due to the bananas being sub-tropical. Therefore the bananas mark more easily. and before we packaged Carnarvon bananas into bags we had 60% food waste as we could only sell and market the large bananas and the rest were being thrown out. Remember when you are buying Carnarvon Bananas (always marked with the Buy West Eat Best logo) you are saving food miles, we package all our bananas into re-usable crates, we don't use any sprays (no pesticides, fungicides or insecticides) and they take twice as long to grow as Tropical bananas so much sweeter and creamier. We are also currently looking at alternatives to our bags that also satisfies consumer requirements such as being able to see the fruit you are buying and cost. We recently trialled in a couple of stores just our loose bananas and had to abandon the trial after complaints from customers on the appearance as the fruit marked more easily due to consumer handling. So our research is that we do need to package somehow or we may as well give up growing. There are many aspects to being environmentally sustainable but the fact that we don't use nasty sprays, we are in WA and use re-usable crates for transport stacks up against the alternatives. It's important to look not just at face value - but also the processes behind the scenes, the growing, the distribution and the packaging such as cartons and liners inside cartons which are also plastic used for loose fruit. If it was easy to give up packaging everyone would have done it. Farmers don't want to add costs to their processes for no reason, if we package it's because there is a need. Good effort on the sugarcane trays Bunbury Farmers Market
3 weeks ago · 16
Thanks for this. Re the trays, not the wrap.... I don’t think you should use the description ‘recyclable’ because people might think they can put it in their kerbside bin.... this is incorrect. It would contaminate other items in the bin that councils are able to recycle.
Still no justification for packaging bananas. There is the environment impact of producing these trays and the plastic wrap is appalling.
2 weeks ago · 1
Plastic is so convenient, protects the product, extends its life & is great for transporting. But it’s destroying our planet 🌏. It’s great to see BFM thinking of alternatives. Next step....let’s get rid of plastic altogether 👌🏻
2 weeks ago · 3
Great to see you making eco friendly changes. Would love to see you remove gourmet potatoes from plastic boxes! If you absolutely have to package them surely there is something better than the bulky plastic. Thanks!
3 weeks ago · 4
How about wooden or bamboo frames for your sign about saving the environment by reducing plastics??
2 weeks ago · 1
What about a good old paper bag!
2 weeks ago · 2
That's great but you're still using plastic clear wrap to wrap over the top 😠
2 weeks ago · 1
say a tray like on the bottom with holes in it like lattice that would be good
3 weeks ago · 2
3 weeks ago · 1
Good to see, Bunbury Farmers Market. Is there still somewhere to return the plastic containers? I see the boxes are no longer there now that the renovations have commenced.
1 week ago · 1
Keep up the positive work BFM.
1 week ago
I asked a while ago about the dedicated bins for recycling packaging. I have a mountain to return. Are the bins somewhere now that the cafe is going in? Bunbury Farmers Market.
A NEW HEAT & EAT MEAL TO TRY: (Chilli BBQ Pork & Rice)
If you’re already a fan of our Market Made heat & eat range of meals and you fancy giving our latest creation a try, allow me to introduce our new Chilli BBQ Pork & Rice meal...
It’s good... it’s actually really really good, but I’ll let you be the judge - let me know what you think, won’t you!
If on the other hand you’re a regular patron of the Farmers Market but you’ve yet to try one of our Market Made meals because you associate anything microwaveable with low quality frozen TV dinners, I invite you to give one a try, because these aren’t like any ready meal you’ve ever seen before...
All our Market Made meals are freshly prepared on the premises, right here at the Farmers Market, using exactly the same quality ingredients you might buy from the Farmers Market to make a meal yourself.
We use proper whole foods, we cook everything from scratch and we pop our meals in microwaveable containers so you can enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits of a freshly cooked meal in minutes...
It’s a deliciously convenient option for those occasions when you don’t have the time or the inclination to cook from scratch but you’d still like to eat something which has been lovingly prepared.
Try one, if you haven’t already... you can thank me for the recommendation another day!
SOME SAGE ADVICE: (For if you’re ever in a pickle)
If you find yourself with a problem that has you in a bit of a pickle, sometimes it pays to pause, take a moment and do something different...
For instance you could make a sandwich, perhaps with some pickle...
Then you could eat the sandwich until the sandwich and the pickle is gone...
Then there’ll be no more pickle so then your pickle will be to work out when you can get to the Farmers Market to get some more pickle...
And that’s probably less of a pickle than you might think...
And likely less of a pickle than the pickle that was pickling you before you made the sandwich...
And you might find that a visit to the Farmers Market (to get some more pickle) is just the distraction you needed to reinvigorate yourself so that you can deal with the original problem that had you in a pickle...
And at the very least you’ll have eaten a delicious sandwich with some pickle, so... that’s a win!
P.S. I should probably mention we’re making our own 100% Market Made Zucchini Pickle now... could come in handy if you ever needed to make a problem solving pickle sandwich!
#ProblemSolvingByBFM #FarmersMarketPerspective #EverythingLooksBetterAfterASandwich #MakesSenseToMe ... See MoreSee Less
A HUGE THANKS TO OUR KIND REVIEWERS... (Thanks to you we’ve a certificate of excellence!)
Hello friends of the Farmers Market from Bunbury & beyond...
I have some exciting news which comes hand-in-hand with a BIG Thank You to everyone who chooses to support us and share the love with a review...
I received an email from TripAdvisor today saying:
“We're pleased to announce that Bunbury Farmers Market has been recognised with a 2018 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you've earned on the world's largest travel site. Only select businesses receive a Certificate of Excellence!”
We don’t like to toot our own horn but I didn’t want to let this one slide by without acknowledging it, so thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU - this is SO cool!
P.S. Of course we’re super grateful for all of your reviews whether they’re on Google, Facebook, elsewhere online or out there in the community... please do keep them coming!
Bunbury Farmers MarketHi Dianne, thanks for your message - I’m so sorry your chestnuts were all bad, that’s no good and I’d like to make it up to you. I’ve forwarded your msg to our produce manager to look into and our guest services team who’ll happily refund or replace your purchase on your next visit (whenever that happens to be). In the meantime I’m so sorry for the inconvenience, but thanks again for letting me know so we can go back to our growers. Cheers, Adam 😊