MARKET GOODIES FOR ALL THE WORLD
In 1872, travel writer Anthony Trollope enthused, ‘Tasmania should make jam for all the world’. Not only jam Mr Trollope! But also honey, cheese, cakes, organic soaps, biscuits, artisan breads and all manner of alcoholic beverages (from ginger beer to sheep’s cheese liqueur – ewe, seriously!). Taste and try for yourself any Sunday morning at Farm Gate Market, where small farmers and produce makers converge on a central city carpark – rain, hail or shine. The market’s Friday e-newsletter keeps locals up to date with what’s in season, so this week’s soup, salad or festive feast can be planned in advance. Visitors not in possession of said newsletter will find they are at no disadvantage as they forage and gather diverse fruits and vegetables. Scores of heirloom potato and apple varieties are offset by Asian vegetables of all descriptions cultivated by Hobart’s Hmong community from Vietnam’s north. String bags full and senses engaged, take a seat for a relaxing coffee or pedal-powered smoothie. If you’re after something more substantial, try an organic sausage or haloumi-and-pumpkin burger, or be inspired by master sushi chef Masaaki, who artfully crafts hand rolls right before your hungry eyes. It’s all as fresh as plucking an apple from the branch or silverbeet from the soil, only easier and a lot less muddy.