I went to my first Bream Creek Farmers Market yesterday. They are held on the first Sunday of every month at the Bream Creek Showgrounds which is a short drive after turning off the Tasman Highway at Copping – just over 50kms from central Hobart.
A loose collective of local artisan bakers, makers and growers of fruit and vegetables, wine, flowers, nuts, preserves and gourmet delights who serve only the best to their growing customer base of regular market-goers.
If it’s grown, baked, brewed, raised, produced, milked, ripened, picked, caught or foraged for in Tasmania then it’s welcome at these markets. Some producers have enough to sell on a stall of their own; others join forces at a Community Stall.
Jules and Ange from Vintage Sugar (www.vintagesugar.com.au) looked a treat in their pink “pinnies” and I couldn’t resist buying a bar of their Turkish Delight Rocky Road. Phil and Jane from Coaldale Walnuts (www.coaldalewalnuts.com.au), sporting red aprons, offered me samples of their flavoured walnuts grown in the Coal Valley. Their delicious pickled walnuts won a gold medal at the Hobart Fine Food Awards. Bream Creek Wines (www.breamcreekvineyard.com.au) invited my man to sample their cabernet sauvignon merlot. It was a bit too early for me to hit the red though! And $15 bought 5kg of cherries from Ticehurst Orchard.
Members of The Slow Food Movement Hobart (www.slowfoodhobart.com) stopped by too to chat with market-goers and stallholders on their tour of the Tasman Peninsula. The slow food movement started in Italy in 1986 and has spread across the globe promoting sustainable food growing that is both respectful of the environment and people. It is committed to saving food cultures and biodiversity and eating what is locally grown and in-season – a good fit with the ideology of these markets.
The Bream Creek Farmers Market Committee has also produced a great cook book with 70 recipes – cooked, styled and photographed – along with gardening and sustainable living advice, cooking tips and a bit about the farming history of the region. Proceeds from sales help support the market and ensure its future but 5% of the monies raised will go towards rebuilding the local Dunalley Primary School which was destroyed by fire a little over a year ago.
Drinking good coffee and eating lemon pancakes while listening to live music by the Scary Family Band was a great Sunday morning experience despite the chilly day. The next market is held on Sunday 6 April.