It is official, Harvest has turned 10.
It is official. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market (to use our ceremonial title) has turned 10. One could fill page upon page with enough ink to flood the Tamar Valley describing the journey from then to now, twice over preaching on individual contributions.
Instead, we have but this to say: Thank you.
To everyone. From the one-off patron to the decade veterans and everyone in between. Harvest would not be without you.
To some Harvest simply is. To others (such as your humble newsletter author), the connections are deeply personal. The continuation of legacy and finding of community. Like coming home. To have such a privilege is a joy without equal.
It is our sincerest hope that you feel similarly and that together we can continue to give life to Harvest for the decade to come.
Enough of the fluffy stuff now. Pausing for the milestone is nice and all, but the show must go on and if we know one thing about our incredible stallholders it is that they don’t go much for standing on ceremony and they put on a hell of a show. OK that’s two things but you get the point. The big news popping our corn this week is the return of Elphin Grove Farm. These cobbers will be bringing their sweet corn, popping corn plus their famous baby corn. A product that one of our staff who shall remain nameless (it’s Heidi) has a bordering-on-unnatural obsession with. Also super excited to have Vix Kitch making their first appearance for 2022. Plus, Taste of Tam O’Shanter, Red Cow Organics, and West Tamar Fungi are all back from a little break, newcomers Yang’s 4 Seasons are making their debut rounding out our veg supply, and it’s Valentines day weekend, so get around Green Flower Farm and Lily Farm for that someone special.
A huge lineup on the SOMA stage this week, with veteran legend Grinning Cat playing alongside freshers Disco Duma and Lilly & Greer. They’ll all be making sure our anniversary market has the vibes we all know and love.
At Harvest we are continually looking for ways to expand our engagement with the broader community. One big focus for 2022 is to extend our Volunteer Program into community organisations and increase the breadth and depth of an already amazing pool of people. Are you part of an amazing community or not-for-profit organisation? If so, email us to sign up to our Community Engagement Program and let us work together to nourish and sustain our collective wellbeing.
Pictured: The OG Committee, 2013, on the occasion of Harvest’s first birthday.
L to R: Kimmy Hewitt, Graham Lodge, Guy Robertson, Mary Mulvaney, Kieryn Deutrom, Poppy Fay, Misty Sanderson, Kim Seagram, Mary Suchodolsky, Jane Adams, Jen Edis.