This Week in the Market – 26th March 2024

In this week’s Market News:

– Meet Izzy Sarikaya, MMA Operations Manager
– Easter Trading Hours
– Children in the Market

Market News

Meet Izzy Sarikaya, MMA Operations Manager

Many of you may recognise Izzy, who started at the market in West Melbourne as an MRO and has since worked as a Control Room Operator and Team Leader. Izzy most recently has been working as a Service Delivery Coordinator at Southern Cross Protection. Izzy brings a wealth of experience in operations and team leadership. With a background in retail management and extensive training in security operations, including certifications in First Aid and Fire Response, Izzy is well-equipped to lead the MRO team and foster a positive market environment. His attention to detail, communication skills, and advanced technical proficiency make him a valuable market team member.

Children in the Market

Children in the Market will be back these upcoming school holidays, on Tuesday, 9 and Wednesday, 10 April.

Children must be pre-registered before the event and accompanied by their parent or guardian. Please complete the registration form here, print it, and return it to Customer Service.

A reminder to all market users, that children are only permitted to enter the Market on these two days. Infringements will apply and you will be asked to leave the Market should you bring your children in outside of these days.

*Please note: All submitted forms will be automatically approved unless you are notified otherwise.

Market Gym Expression of Interest Survey

The MMA is currently assessing the opportunity of providing a 24-7 gym facility at the Melbourne Market. Initial feedback for the facility has been extremely positive. We now seek to gauge market users’ interest via the survey below.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey last week, this will be the last week to provide feedback on the proposed 24-7 gym facility. If you would like to provide your feedback, please do so by Sunday, 31 March.

Click here to complete the survey

A better choice! at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Over the weekend the A better choice! team was out in force at Federation Square to spread the word about shopping at your local fruit and veg shop.  Ayse was on site handing out branded bags with the just-released autumn edition magazine to the masses with the help of Nikki from Fresh State (although disguised as a strawberry for part of the day) and Hayley and Ellen from the MMA.

The team were busy handing out fresh produce samples, including new season mandarines, dragonfruit and delicious strawberries, showcasing the quality produce available from local fruit and veg shops across Victoria.

Special guest Thanh was in his Fruitnerd element on Sunday, sharing his tips on selecting the best produce and answering the question ‘what actually is a jujube?’. Thanh helped draw a large crowd to the stand and helped the team receive over 800 sign-ups to the A better choice! mailing list. Everyone who signed up on the day will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher to your local greengrocer, with the winner to be announced shortly.

A better choice! is the national independent retailer marketing program developed to encourage consumers to shop at their local fruit and vegetable shop and independent supermarkets. The Melbourne Market Authority and Fresh State are proud to co-fund and support the program in Victoria.  

Industry News

Investing in biosecurity preparedness to protect against potential pest incursions

Many in the vegetable industry know too well the threats that the arrival of new plant pests or diseases pose to production systems, farm businesses and the ability to access markets and trade. The responses we take can mitigate the risks.

Click here to read more.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

Tripod Farmers

Tripod Farmers is looking for a motivated individual to join our team immediately at the Epping Market.

You will be employed on a part-time basis and will be required to work the night shift.
All applicants must be able to work well in a team environment.

Duties will include:

  • Order Picking
  • Stocktake
  • Pallet Counting.

If you are interested in this position with our company, please email your resume to

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
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