Karen Martini, Queen Vic Market Ambassador

Queen Victoria Market welcomes Karen Martini as the Market’s new ambassador. The Melbourne-based chef, restaurateur, writer, television presenter and mum is looking forward to sharing her love of food, passion for the Market and expertise with customers and traders.

Throughout the year, Karen will share seasonal produce updates, recipes, videos, shopping tips and tricks as well as present cooking demonstrations; encouraging Melburnians to embrace the fresh produce, diverse culture and community spirit that thrives at Melbourne’s favourite marketplace.

Seasonal Produce Updates

“If there is something that is in season, shoppers are going to see it first here at the Queen Victoria Market,” Karen says. Across the season, be on the lookout for:

  • Watermelon: Sweet and juicy after long ripening through summer.
  • Tomatoes: Romas are spot on for salads and saucing.
  • Wild Mushrooms: Keep an eye out as their season is often short!
  • Lemons: Are plentiful and become local again.
  • Nuts: New season varieties now available.
  • Quince: Slow cook them until they turn crimson in colour.
  • Pears: Look out for the smooth-skinned Josephine pear.
  • Kale: Russian kale comes into its own in autumn.

Click here to view Karen’s complete Autumn seasonal produce update.


This is one of Karen’s favourite dishes, and here she shares the recipe with you to cook at home – Spaghettini with crab, soft herbs & chilli

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