What the Butler Saw

An Apple Island Wife’s encounter with Simon McInerney – Tasmania’s only freelance butler and President of the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market Board by Fiona Stocker    Imagine having a member of staff within your household dedicated to keeping the wine cellar stocked, the laundry fresh, vehicles fuelled and faux pas in etiquette and appearance to… Read more

Farmers Talking to Farmers

By Fiona Stocker – http://www.fionastocker.com/blog Celebrate the tomato and garlic at the fourth annual Garlic and Tomato Festival on the 18th March 2018. Funds raised support Rural Help@ Hand, a charity established by Harvest Launceston tomato and garlic supremo Annette Reed to support rural families who find themselves in hospitals. There will be tomato testing and… Read more

The Apple Island Wife

If you have shopped for bacon, sausages or Berkshire pork at Langdale Farm’s stall, you will have met Oliver and Fiona Stocker. Besides being one half of the business, Fiona is also a writer. Watch this space during March for more snippets from Fiona Stocker. Her book Apple Island Wife is due to be published… Read more

Tasty Ears and Roots at Harvest

The days are shortening, the mornings are darker for longer, the leaves are turning at the edges, but at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market, ears of the sweetest corn and the ugliest root vegetables are beckoning. Late summer sees the arrival at the market of ears of the sweetest local corn to add delicious… Read more

Buoyant Cardboard Boats

An odd cardboard flotilla is at sea among the stalls at Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market again this week. Buoyancy might not be synonymous with floating on cardboard but by committing to the possibility of sustaining a soggy bottom and joining in the not necessarily waterproof cardboard boat regatta on the 4th March, you will… Read more

6 Years of Outstanding Farmers’ Markets

Your Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market is celebrating six years of bringing local food to locals, being recognised as the “Most Outstanding Farmers’ Market” in Australia in 2013 and again in 2017. Harvest Launceston is rated among chefs, interstate, local and international; by visitors from around Australia and elsewhere; and most importantly by locals as… Read more

Meet Josh

The bread at Sandy’s Sourdough has a new ingredient … Josh Crisp.   Josh and the three simple ingredients of flour, water, salt, are continuing to leaven the dough that becomes the loaves that are synonymous with baker and the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market. Josh has been baking bread since he was 16-years-old. As… Read more

Buzz off Fruit Flies!

How You Can Help Keep Tasmania’s Fruit Fruit-Fly-Free Eat the fruit where you buy it and grow it if you live in or are visiting the Devonport area or Flinders Island is the message from Tasmanian authorities as they go to battle against the fruit fly.   This week the Queensland fruit fly has found… Read more

An Avocado Green Tassie Dream

Summertime visitors to the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market are always surprised to find local Avocados among the wide variety of produce and often ask why an authentic farmers’ market allows a tropical fruit to be sold. The answer is easy. Thanks to avocado pioneers, Paul and Maria Bidwell, an avocado crop is flourishing in… Read more

Ancient Secrets of the Bees

The tree that holds the golden secrets of the ancient rainforests of Tasmania, the leatherwood. The Eucryphia Lucida has white blossoms with nectar that honey bees transform into jars of liquid gold that is gaining a reputation for its exceptional taste and medicinal attributes. In Main Road Exeter, on the West Tamar, a metal façade… Read more