This Week in the Market – 27 November 2018

Edition 207: Bees matter in the Market
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In this week’s Market News:

– Bees matter in the Market
– North East Link first item of business for government
– Melly and Lilly answer our fresh five questions

Market News

Bees matter in the Market

Bee keepers from the Wheen Bee Foundation toured the Market last week with an observation hive filled with over 5000 bees to talk to us about Why Bees Matter.
Did you know the majority of our food crops depend on honey bees as the most significant pollinator for commercial food production? You can import honey to Australia, but you cannot import the pollinators, so bees matter!
The Wheen Bee Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes awareness of the importance of bees for food security, and raises funds for research that addresses the national and global threats to bees.
To find out more go to
November is National Pollinator month, and the Wheen Bee Foundation are taking donations via, you can also vote for your favourite animal charity (without donating any money) via the site with the winning charity receiving $5,000!

The Wheen Bee Foundation created this video showing their tour of the Melbourne Market

Full site emergency evacuation drill today

A reminder that later today, on Tuesday 27th November at 11am, we will be conducting a full site emergency evacuation drill. Although we conducted an evacuation drill two months ago, given recent terror events in Melbourne we need to be diligent in ensuring the safety and well-being of Market tenants and users.
The previous emergency evacuation exercise did not include the PropertyLink warehouse precinct tenants and employees. A joint exercise will ensure maximum benefit and efficiency.
The drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, warehouse tenants, visitors, and subcontractors on site.
Upon hearing the site evacuation tones everyone will need to follow site evacuation procedures and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers.
The drill should take approximately 20 minutes.
We look forward to your participation.

Come along to our next information session to learn more about A Better Choice and enjoy a coffee on us!
When: Thursday 6 December, 6:00am – 6:20am
Where: Tenancy 80, level 1, above the Customer Service Centre
RSVP: or call 9258 6192
Ready to join now? Download an application form
Click here to download a member application form

Christmas trading hours

‘Tis the season to inform you of Christmas/New Year trading hours…
The Market will be open on regular days and hours through the holiday period, (Monday – Friday, 3:30am – 7:30am) except for public holidays, when the Market is closed.
Tuesday 25 December – Market Closed
Wednesday 26 December – Market Closed
Tuesday 1 January – Market Closed
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, especially for our greengrocers.
There will be a need for some greengrocers to purchase and pick-up stock over the weekend prior to Christmas. With this in mind, buyers will have access to the Market on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December for the collection of pre-orders.  It is important to remember the buyers’ walk will be closed, as it is not a mandatory trading day, but limited wholesalers will allow access to their stores from the rear. If you want to take advantage of picking up produce over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd December, individual arrangements must be made between buyers and sellers.

A message from Foodbank Victoria

The last day for Market donations in 2018 will be Friday 14 December.
We look forward to returning to the Market on Monday 7 January 2019.
We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2018.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and see you in the New Year!

Fresh Five

This week we talk to Lilly and Melly from Market Espresso Bar.
1. Your role at the Melbourne Market: 
Melly: We do everything in here, make coffees, do dishes, deliveries, making sandwiches, working in the kitchen… 
Lilly: We’re cafe allrounders!
2. If you could only take three fruits or vegetables with you to a desert island, which would you take:
Melly: Orange – if I’m thirsty I can use the juice, cucumber because it’s refreshing, the desert would be so hot; and mangoes just cause they’re my favourite, I’m always asking the boss to get me a box of mangoes.
Lilly: Watermelon and mangoes because I love them and tomatoes, it’s the only veggie I eat.
3. When was the last time you bought flowers for someone (or had them bought for you):
Melly: I bought flowers for my Aunty when she was in hospital, I got them from here at the Market and one of the florists arranged them for me in a beautiful vase; but it was such a shame, in the end the hospital wouldn’t let me bring in fresh flowers to the ward so I had to just show my Aunty a picture of them.  
Lilly: On my birthday some of the traders here gave me flowers, it was really nice.
4. Tell us something that is on your ‘bucket list’:
Melly: Not sure, but when I do die I want the whole Market to come to my funeral!
Lilly: I want to go and visit my sister’s grave-site, I’ve never seen it as she’s buried on a different island to where I grew up.
5. What do you most enjoy about working at the Melbourne Market:
Melly: I love making good coffee and annoying the boss (“She’s good at that” says cafe owner Paul, laughing from across the room)
Lilly: Eating all the beautiful food in our cafe and being able to take home boxes of mangoes!

Market Espresso Bar is located in the Flower Market and open from 11:00pm to 11:00am each day

Industry News

North East Link first item of business for Andrews government

The Victorian Labor government will immediately call for expressions of interest for the $16 billion North East Link ring road project. Once completed, it is anticipated North East Link will significantly reduce travel times to and from the Melbourne Market for our retailers and growers based in the South-East.  But don’t move your alarm clocks forward just yet, the new freeway isn’t expected to open to traffic until 2027.
Read more about the government’s North East Link project on

New FarMate app detailing comparing market prices

Best mates Daniel Hoffman and Thang Le explain how they developed their app FarMate and how it helps Aussie farmers take control of their produce pricing.

Saving Australian strawberries

The Australian berry industry is continuing efforts to reverse the damage from a string of incidents involving sewing needles in strawberries (and other fruit) earlier this year.
The federal government has granted a $650,000 assistance package to the new peak industry body, Berries Australia, to help restore consumer confidence. Read more on Produce Plus.

Key Dates

Tuesday 25 December – Christmas Day Market Closed
Wednesday 26 December – Boxing Day Market Closed
Tuesday 1 January – New Year’s Day Market Closed

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