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Getting to know: Adrienne Oxenham

Published 5 July 2018
The owner of Babe's Farm Fresh Produce

For two generations, Adrienne Oxenham’s family have worked at South Melbourne Market. Adrienne has a rich history with the Market, a delightful story to share and is proud to represent her family at her stall, Babe' Farm Fresh Produce.

Born and bred in Port Melbourne, Adrienne started visiting South Melbourne Market when she was just four years old.  At 15, her parents Barry and Freda bought Stall 13, B & M Meats (now Tony’s Meats). Her brother Michael was also a partner in the business, so it comes as no surprise that Adrienne followed in her family’s footsteps, completing a Butchers Apprenticeship and eventually becoming a Manager at Chicken John’s.

At the age of 18 Adrienne was offered a chance to open her own boutique egg shop (coincidentally, her brother-in-law’s father also sold eggs at the Market in the 1940's and 1950's!). What started out as a trestle table piled high with eggs has now become a Market go-to, selling the freshest free-range eggs from Country Pride and Kiss and Run. Always supporting local Victorian producers, Adrienne also sells Pure Peninsula Honey from Mount Martha and jams, homemade by Adrienne’s mum, Freda.

Keeping things in the family, Adrienne’s three children have also worked in her stall, learning the ropes for what may become a third generation at South Melbourne Market.

For all your fresh free-range eggs, honey and preserves, head to Babe's Farm Fresh Produce, located in West Aisle.

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