Harvest Farmers Market, Launceston

Never found before at a Farmers Market, fresh bunch of Angelica

As soon as we arrived back in our second home in north eastern Tasmania we headed off to the new (since February 2012) Harvest Farmers’ Market  in Launceston.  We set the alarm early for our 2 hour drive from Binalong Bay.

Cimitiere Street car park, Launceston – every saturday 8.30am-12.30pm.

We have shopped at many Farmers Markets over the years on our travels through Australia and abroad and this one is the real deal. Owners, growers, makers, producers fronting their wares therefore possessing the vital knowledge sought when selecting and buying.

I had no idea what I would do with the angelica, just bought it to be inspired.

We could not resist the big bunch of Angelica (a biennial and perennial herb from the Apiaceae family), sold by Rosie MacKinnon alongside her fresh garlic.

Small but juicy garlic bulbs

There were two bakers present on this day and we bought from Sandy Baines, and next time we will try another. We also bought a bottle of award-winning Coronea Grove Olive Oil after a taste offered proved it had the peppery aftertaste we love. No wonder they won a medal this year.

A bottle of rhubarb vinegar and rhubarb lemonade cordial went into our straw market bag

Here the tent sports the website address so it cannot be missed

Cute labels for Thirlstane Gardens coriander and rocket

A few fruit loaves left made by Sandy Baines baker by weekend, studying nursing by day

We admired the wood bread crates Sandy commissioned for transporting his bread

Red butter lettuce sold out quickly

Ginseng in honey and other products but it is now the sideline to the successful 41 degree South salmon farm

The Laotians gardeners are here

We bought rabbit hindquarters and rabbit sausages

 Yondover cheese is new to us so we bought two types and Yondover’s goat salami
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  1. #1 by malcolmenrightmal on November 5, 2012 - 4:43 am

    Roz – didn’t you recognise Ray Norman from Lonnie? He is in your shot at the Rabbit Man’s stall – “bunny bacon” as Ray calls those little smoked forequarters – snap! Ray has been busy facilitating their product blog and he’s been loving their product (and telling us all about it). We usually meet Ray & Pat and Steve & Marg (who live close-by) in Evandale at this market when in town on the right day.

    • #2 by tastetravel on November 5, 2012 - 5:10 am

      What a shame, we went up to the Deloraine Craft Fair and actually thought he might be there…amazing he was right under our nose. Next time perhaps.

  2. #3 by The Muzda on November 5, 2012 - 6:05 am

    Its very early days but GO2 … http://glencroftfarm.blogspot.com.au/ and see your link

  3. #4 by malcolmenright on November 5, 2012 - 6:39 am

    amazing – six degrees of separation . . .

  4. #5 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on November 5, 2012 - 9:57 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Roz! Lovely fresh produce! Gee, the garlic is early this year!

  5. #6 by liz cooper on November 6, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Well you did have a busy time! I think the produce i somewhat of a better quality than the Alabang wet markets!!!What do think are the pick of the Brisbane markets – I thought I might try the ones at Kelvin Grove this weekend (near the uni)
    xx

    • #7 by tastetravel on November 6, 2012 - 11:55 pm

      The market near the General Hospital is full of genuine produce, haven’t visited Kelvin Grove ones, you will need to report to me!

      • #8 by malcolmenright on November 7, 2012 - 12:26 am

        Roz, et al . . . Northy Street Windsor markets every Sunday (early is best) is definitely our fav Bne market

      • #9 by tastetravel on November 7, 2012 - 12:31 am

        Thanks Mal, is that the one behind the hospital, if so it is the one I recommended to Liz.

      • #10 by malcolmenright on November 7, 2012 - 12:34 am

        thats the one and its growing with food and coffee to go as well as real growers coming from Boonah, Mt French and northern NSW

  6. #11 by liz cooper on November 7, 2012 - 12:39 am

    Ok will try that one first – if still money, time and room in the fridge might also try the other but I have a feeling it is one and the same, had just been given the wrong address

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