Tasmania is renowned in Australia for the quality of its fresh produce. Tasmania is a state with a temperate climate, one which is colder than that of the mainland, and it usually receives more than its fair share of rain. Those circumstances, together with good soils, gives Tasmania an edge for food production.
One of the places where you can enjoy fresh local produce and outstanding hand made products is at the Farm Gate Markets.
The permanent location is at the outdoor car park in Melville Street, Hobart. This location is open every Sunday of the year from 9am. During the warmer months there is another Farm gate Market which operates at Bellerive on Saturdays.
There are a couple of unbreakable requirements for the stallholders – everything sold must be grown or produced within the geographical boundaries of Tasmania; the market is about supporting small, boutique and artisan businesses within Tasmania; only the people that grow, raise, produce, extract or even pluck the goods for sale can trade at the market.
As well as the fresh produce, some of the artisan foods for sale are quite fabulous because they are made by people who truly care about the quality of goods they produce.
On a visit to the markets you are greeted to the tantalising delights of artisan cheeses, bakery items such a fresh breads and pastries, world class seafood, organic lamb, tasty Berkshire pork, Tasmanian wine and specialty beverages such as ciders (Tasmania is famous for its apples), locally roasted coffee beans, herbal teas, vegetable seedlings, cottage and native plants, garden mulch and much more.
As well there are buskers around to entertain the crowds, but the one thing that you won’t find is plastic bags. With the emphasis on sustainable produce, providores cannot supply goods in plastic bags, but reusable bags are on sale. The markets are also a smoke free zone, so that none of that carcinogenic muck is allowed to waft over the produce.
The Farm Gate Market is aimed at locals as the emphasis is on the produce. There is another market in Hobart which operates on Saturdays called the Salamanca Market, and that is more of a general market and home to about 300 stalls which sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Salamanca is good, and is one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist attractions, but if you interest is in savouring fabulous produce, the Farm Gate Market is specifically producer orientated.