Realising the free range dream

From cows to chickens, from corporate factory dairy farming to free range chickens, the dream for Angela and Phillip Glover at their Mt Roland farm was simple, to live off the land producing clean food in a natural environment, with an emphasis on using local produce and generating local wealth. The Mt Roland Free Range story started… Read more

How many chooks in a crowd?

The images conjured up by the expression “free range eggs” is of a flock of chooks ranging freely across a paddock, scratching in the dirt, indulging in a dust bath and generally fossicking about with plenty of space to perch and enjoy the sunshine. The reality can be quite different and the adoption last year of… Read more

Mincing words

Words and their meanings are vital to ensure that consumers know and understand what food they and their families are eating. The term farmers’ market should be simple, a place where farmers bring their produce to sell. However, the phenomenon of greenwashing has made the simple task of going to market a lot more complicated.… Read more

Worldly influences

The diversity of produce at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market each week is as diverse as the people who sell, shop and manage the weekly event. It is a wonderful place for locals and visitors to gather and share the stories that have brought them from faraway places to Launceston. This Saturday, University of… Read more

Buttered up!

From the packaging to its core, the slab of golden deliciousness that goes by the name of butter is simply not just butter. It is cultured butter with attitude that convinces those who are fortunate enough to sample it at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market begging for more bread and butter please. Olivia Morrison… Read more

A soggy bottomed cardboard flotilla of fun  

Cardboard and duct tape is all you need to join in the fun filled soggy bottom boat race that aims to raise funds for insulin pumps for Tasmanian children with Type 1 Diabetes. To find out exactly how to build your water going vessel head down to Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday where… Read more

Harvest Turns 5!

We are out of nappies, passed our toddler years and are ready for school…or as the head of the Australian Farmers’ Market Association, Jane Adams says, “I reckon you are very precocious for a 5-year-old and more likely to be wearing the latest off the shoulder party frock!” Whatever stage we are at, we are… Read more

Growing Thirlstane Gardens

A hallmark of the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market is an abundance of the very best of seasonal produce, and Thirlstane Gardens is always one such wonderful smelling, looking and tasting beacon. Graeme Lodge is the passion behind the greens with 2017 being the year for moving into a glasshouse. Graeme blames his life-long passion… Read more

A coffee journey

Ever pondered the name of the farmer who grew the beans used in your favourite coffee brew? The team at the latest addition to the Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market community, Provenance Coffee Co., know the precise origin of the beans, and their route from the farmgate to their roastery where the beans are roasted to… Read more

Polo and picnics

The Sport of Kings. Hockey on a horse. Equine Chess; however you describe it, polo is one of the oldest team sports in the world and Barnbougle Polo looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Tasmanian summer calendar. Saturday 21st January will see the third, annual, high-goal polo match to be held at… Read more