Melville Street Market at last


We made it to the Melville Street Market in Hobart this past weekend. We live some four hours drive away so it is not possible to drop in each Sunday and since we had a special party to attend in Hobart on Saturday evening we decided to get up early on Sunday to visit the market and still head back in good time to the Bay of Fires. The market is held on Sunday mornings each week and very well patronised so I had to get used to queuing. Even though many Hobart residents are used to visiting the Salamanca Market on Saturdays to buy fruit, vegetables and comestibles this market is still filling a vital need  for people to buy high quality food and plants from Tasmanian growers and makers.

Callington Mill flour and bread from Oatlands

Callington Mill flour and bread from Oatlands mill and shop

It is a Farmers Market people, you must bring your own stylish shopping bag, French market bags, recycle bags or buy one from the market organisers, as plastic bags are a no no here. A couple more rules to follow and you will be set so leave your dog on a leash outside the entrance and there is no smoking allowed and the best rule of all is that as a stall holder, you must grow, pick, raise, produce, or extract within the geographical Tasmanian boundaries.

Elgar cheese

Elgaar cheese and next time we will try the advertised mascarpone

After we left the market we headed for a petrol station to buy a bag of ice to keep our fresh food cool.

A lovely bright couple

A well dressed couple


Coffee stall had a monopoly

The market could do with more Coffee stalls

These ladies sold out quickly

These ladies sold out their strawberries quickly

We did not buy the peonies as they would droop on a long drive on a sunny day.

Peonies in a bucket

Peony is the new rose, in my opinion anyway

Best array of herbs I have seen

Best variety of herbs I have seen ever at Provenance Growers

Red is the colour of the day

Red is the colour of the day

Garlic grows well here
Garlic grows well here


  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on December 10, 2012 - 5:44 am

    I love peonies…fortunately they grow practically wild in Bagni di Lucca in spring.

    • #2 by tastetravel on December 10, 2012 - 7:22 am

      I would be busy picking those wild ones.

  2. #3 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on December 10, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Amazing! All grown within Tassie too! What a wide assortment of herbs they had on sale!

  3. #4 by Spoon Feast on December 10, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Look like a great market. I would have bought every peony they had. I adore them! Wish they grew wild around here. It is nice to see all the bags and baskets being brought to carry the food and treasures home. No more plastic!

  4. #5 by D on December 10, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    I’m with you Roz – can we plan a spring trip to Bagni di Lucca one day – girls only!!! Hee hee

    • #6 by tastetravel on December 11, 2012 - 10:22 pm

      Debra is good at girls only shopping trips from her home in Bagna di Lucca, Roz

  5. #7 by Lorraine @ Not Quite NIgella on December 12, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    What a lovely market-such a good range of things to buy 🙂

    • #8 by tastetravel on December 13, 2012 - 12:30 am

      We could have spent a fortune here but it would be worth it. Then there is only so much you can eat in a week.

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