This Week in the Market – 18 October 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– What’s in Season – help us showcase the Melbourne Market produce
– The Flying Zucchinis tackling food waste
– Try for 5 – Get involved
Market News
What’s in Season – help us showcase the Melbourne Market produce

You may have recently seen our What’s in Season videos on social media. 
Check out Peter from Produce of Virginia kicking off mango season.
We love getting your expert advice on all things fruit and veg! If you have produce you would like to showcase in our What’s in Season series please contact us here.

Follow us on our socials to see future What’s in Season videos!

The Flying Zucchinis tackling food waste

The duo from The Flying Zucchinis were featured in a Good Food article in the Sunday Age, highlighting their commitment to providing budget-friendly fruit and veg to the local community whilst practicing sustainability.

The Flying Zucchinis have delivered thousands of fresh produce boxes since opening during the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. They are sourcing the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetables and delivering within hours of leaving the Melbourne Market.

Their business model minimises food waste as much as possible by donating leftover produce to Open Table, where it gets turned into free community lunches for the surrounding area and utilising the soft plastics and styrofoam recycling facility on-site at the Melbourne Market.

Be sure to give Caity and Vic a wave next time you see them in the Market!

Try for 5 – National Nutrition Week

Try for 5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia, encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day. The campaign will be running from October 16-22 during National Nutrition Week, where awareness is raised around the role of food on our health.

The campaign will focus on ‘getting the most out of your veggies’ with a new recipe collection, live cooking events, virtual farm tours, resources, veg tips and competitions.

Market businesses can get involved by sharing information about ‘Try for 5’ with your customers and on your social channels.

Click the links below to start following the ‘Try for 5’ initiative on social media and find more resources on the website

If your parking permit only allows access on Tuesday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking; however, your regular parking bay may not be available, so please speak to a Market Relations Officer on arrival for parking instructions.

National Mushroom Day

We loved celebrating National Mushroom Day 2022 with the A better choice! retailers.

The winners of the Australian Mushrooms hamper competition will be announced next week, so stay tuned for this next week.

To organise some mushroom or spring recipe cards, please contact Zac.

Victoria’s single-use plastic ban
The Victorian Government’s single-use plastic ban regulations will come into effect from 1 February 2023. The ban does not apply to plastic and polystyrene packaging used for the transport and storage of fresh produce. The ban applies to single-use plastics made from conventional, degradable, and compostable plastics as well as expanded polystyrene for the following items: 

Drinking straws
Drink stirrers
Cotton buds
Coffee cups
Coffee lids

The Victorian Government will provide a dedicated information program prior to the ban to help affected businesses understand their obligations and prepare for them. For further information, please go to If you still have additional questions, please contact

Economic Participation Survey
The City of Whittlesea wants to hear from the people who work and live in the municipality to understand barriers to gaining employment and what training opportunities could assist in developing workforce skills that suit industry needs.
This information will help develop an Economic Participation Plan contributing to local jobs and study opportunities.

You can have your say by completing a brief online survey.

If you have any queries or want more information on the Economic Participation Plan, contact Simon Scrase, Economic Participation & Enterprise Officer, on 0417 017 424 or

Industry News
Webinar – Emerging Technology for the Australian Vegetable Industry

Join AUSVEG this Thursday, 20 October, at 3pm for their second webinar in the Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar series.

The session will highlight current private sector solutions and services available to help Australian growers run their businesses productively and profitably.

Presentations from some of the leading agribusinesses operating in Australia will showcase emerging technologies that will be hitting the market over the next 18 months.Click here to find out more and to register.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

Foreman’s Fine Food Merchant
At Foreman’s Fine Food Merchant, we are passionate about providing quality produce to our loyal customers. We are seeking an enthusiastic assistant greengrocer to join us at our store in Balwyn.

Duties will include:

Displaying produce ready for the day’s trade
Filling produce displays throughout the morning as required
Assisting in putting away incoming market loads
Preparation of bunch lines for sale.

No prior retail experience is required as we are happy to provide training. However, if you are a seasoned professional, you will fit right in.
Part-time or full-time can be negotiated.

To apply, please forward your resume to or call 0402 265 087

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