Stage-three lockdown restrictions begin in Victoria at midnight tonight, which means that – now more than ever before – us housebound Melburnians need low-risk access to groceries and fresh produce.
Following in the footsteps of South Melbourne Market, which launched a drive-through pick-up service last week, Prahran Market is now trialling home delivery.
The trial is happening until Sunday April 5, and there’ll be no charge for the service during this time, though fees will be introduced if it becomes a permanent fixture.
As at South Melbourne Market, there’s no centralised ordering system, so you’ll need to order and pay direct with each trader. Your shopping list might include fancy French cheese from Maker & Monger, natural wine and craft beer from Blackhearts & Sparrows, freshly baked sourdough from Q Le Baker, fresh produce, organic meat, ethically sourced seafood and more, which will be collected and delivered the following day.
At this stage delivery is only available to addresses within a five-kilometre radius of the market, an area that includes Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra, Toorak, Malvern, Armadale, Kooyong, St Kilda, Balaclava, Elsternwick, Ripponlea, Elwood, Caulfield North, Glen Iris, Albert Park, Middle Park, South Melbourne, Melbourne, Southbank, Docklands, Richmond, Cremorne, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Collingwood, Abbotsford, Carlton and Fitzroy. If the demand is there, organisers are hoping to increase the delivery area in future.