Stirring the Pot

Vicky Cowan Vix Kitch

Vicky Cowan is retiring her stirring spoon which means that this pickle and jam maker of note will only have occasional visits as a stallholder at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market. This week she will have new stocks of rhubarb and hazelnut paste as well as some of her signature plum Worcester sauce.

Malcolm and Vicky are founder stallholders of Harvest Launceston and have been regular stallholders since that first market in February 2012. Both she and Malcolm have been staunch supporters of the Harvest ethos that local products made from local ingredients generate a local market with quality produce that is sustainable but also lots of fun.

This Saturday is your last chance to dig out those empty jars and bottles and return them to Vix Kitch so we can ensure that she will continue to fill them with her pickles and jams as the Harvest community is refusing to say good-bye forever and have convinced Vicky to keep on stirring the pot fill the bottles and return to Harvest when she has some spare time.

In the meantime Vicky says she and Malcolm are looking forward to a break. She is hoping to do some volunteer work and the couple are planning to continue to cycle the world. Over the years they have regularly escaped the Tasmania winter to cycle in faraway places. Their trips have gradually extended up to four months of pedalling through different countries and making the most of opportunities to meet people and experience a variety of foods.  It is these memories that are the best and are cherished long after the scenery and sites are forgotten. With the (semi) retirement of Vicky’s stirring spoon, they will now have some time off from the market to plan their next voyage, possibly Mongolia and Korea and then India, Teheran but their first excursion is to cycle the rail trails of Victoria in March.

Who knows where their bikes will take these intrepid travellers, but we do know that the Harvest Launceston community will eagerly anticipate their return with a few bottles of jam so that we can stock up the pantry shelves.

Vicky and Malcolm say it is the fun and friendships they have made at the market over the last seven years that will continue to inspire them as they seek out new adventures.

To Vicky and Malcolm, we expect that stirring spoon to come out of retirement occasionally but wish you both happy cycling as you board the ferry and aeroplane for your next adventure.


After this Saturday, the next Harvest Market date for Vix Kitch is 4th May 2019.