Queen Victoria Market traders hit the road

Get fresh fruit and vegetables, crusty bread, eggs, poultry and more delivered to your door by Queen Victoria Market traders during stage four restrictions.

Melburnians aren’t allowed to travel more than five kilometres from their homes at the moment, so many people are missing out on visiting their favourite stalls at Queen Victoria Market. This has led some traders to launch home-delivery services, including Belinda Vitalone from Berries Corner.

‘Stage four restrictions have brought foot traffic right down at the market. Some local people are still visiting us in person, and we’re offering click and collect, but we’ve had to get online to start offering home delivery,’ Belinda said.

‘Before COVID-19 we would occasionally deliver an order on our way home, but we now have a great system in place. We got help to set up a website and spent some days uploading all the photos and learning how to sell products online. Everything is now working very smoothly.’

Belinda and her family have been offering home delivery for about two weeks, and fulfil about 30 orders per market day. Getting into the new routine, updating the website to reflect changes in prices and offering personalised service to customers about their orders has been a lot of work, but Belinda remains upbeat.

‘We’re getting orders from some of our long-standing clientele as well as some new customers,’ Belinda said.

‘We’re grateful that we’re getting this support and that we can continue keeping up our role in the food chain during COVID-19, including supporting our farmers by selling their produce.

‘Queen Victoria Market management has been supporting us through this tough time, and some traders are supporting each other too by dropping off one another’s home-delivery orders if we’re out and about in the right areas.’

Berries Corner is a long-running family business. Belinda and her husband Pat took over from Pat’s dad, who opened the stall in 1955. The family takes pride in selling high-quality Australian fruits and vegetables.

‘Green vegies like spinach and broccoli are at their peak at the moment, and very reasonably priced. Citrus fruits and potatoes are also really good and cheap,’ Belinda said.

‘There can be a bit of a delay for produce coming from Queensland or Western Australia but, other than that, there’s an abundance of produce for everybody.’

To place an order, visit the Berries Corner website. Order by 4pm for next-day delivery on market days only: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, the stall is open but Belinda and her family take a well-deserved break from deliveries.

Many Queen Victoria Market businesses are now offering fresh produce and food by home delivery, including M&G Caiafa, The Eggporium and The Corner Chicken Shop. For a full list of traders offering home delivery, visit Queen Victoria Market.

A person wearing a mask unloading deliveries from a van

Michael from M&G Caiafa on the road