Going FOGO

FOGO stands for Food Organic Garden Organic and its trademark green bins are hitting the mainstream at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market. Patrons and stallholders have quickly embraced – guided by our able team of knowledgeable volunteers – the concept and this means that very little of rubbish generated by the market is going… Read more

Climate change, bees and honey 

Honey is not only delicious but bees’ pollination services are estimated to equate to 6 billion dollars annually to the Australian economy. Overall, bees are an amazing species. From speaking with the Honey Tasmania stallholders I learnt that each bee only produces one-quarter of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime.   If you have… Read more

Volunteers Make Harvest Happen

It is Harvest Volunteer Aprons galore at Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this month as we all say a very big thank you to all our volunteers and celebrate National Volunteer Week. It is the signature Harvest apron that identifies Harvest volunteers so please take some time to stop and express your gratitude to them… Read more

Pick of the Flix

Stop take a big breathe of the wonderful fresh Tasmanian autumn air and join the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday to celebrate the best of Tasmanian food and culture, support our local film festival and meet the people who care for our children and are seeking foster homes for children in need. There… Read more

Agriculture and climate change … its complicated

Climate change is already affecting what we grow, eat, and drink. The contribution of agriculture and the impacts are complicated and anyone could be confused. Surrounding climate change and agriculture are terms like ‘food miles’, ‘soil carbon’, ‘carbon farming’, ‘carbon footprint’, and so on… Added to the mix are debates on which foods, drinks, agricultural… Read more

The Launceston Players Visit Harvest

“Big Brother” will be at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this week with the Launceston Players, who this year bring to the local stage the dystopian George Orwell novel 1984. In today’s world where algorithms track our wanderings across the world wide web of the internet to deliver targeted advertising/information to our electronic devices,… Read more

Climate and the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market

The first Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market of Autumn this year was the hottest market of the last seven years. The impact of this on stallholders was financially significant as by 11 am the number of people in attendance was down to a trickle. Produce was left over and food wasted. Volunteer, Meghan Bond was… Read more

A Fling of Ducks at Strelleyfield

Local poultry farmer Matthew Crane of Strelleyfield Free Range Ducks likes to keep his fling happy and on the move allowing them time to forage on diverse Tasmanian pastures for grasses, clovers, molluscs, and insects. At Strelleyfield Farm outside Launceston, Matt has spent the past few years building up his fling of ducklings in a… Read more

Gustatory delights at Taste of TamO’Shanter

If you are in a pickle regarding the best jam, paste, relish, chutney or pickle to go with a favourite dish then a gustatory experience awaits you with Karen Robson from Taste of TamO’Shanter at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday.   Karen’s fingers are green (take a look at the market this… Read more

Love in the Tamar Valley

A desire for something new, a bit of Tamar Valley real estate to fall in love with that happened to have a crop of tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers …. “What an opportunity” is how Tass Massis and Lorraine Summers, the new faces at Tamar Valley Hydroponics, describe their move into primary produce a mere four months… Read more