|Hello again, Farmy friends |
An update from us first about the market, autumn produce and some returning and new Producers! We also have exciting news to announce, and importantly below are some new ways of shopping to familiarise yourself with.
settling in for the season…
Things are feeling more settled at Farm Gate.
This is always the time of year that Tasmanian’s begin to rug up, stack firewood and contemplate the next 6 months of long, slow bunkering down for winter – this year even more so. We hope that you, like us, are starting to adjust to this new rhythm of life as we know it. Throughout this recent stressful time (has it really only been 6 weeks?) we’re incredibly grateful to have been able to keep the market a grounding weekly presence and source of necessary food for you, our customers, and a much needed source of income for our amazing growers and Producers.
This week you’ll notice some fresh faces on Bathurst Street…
Joining the Farmy family are Spring Bay Mill’s Robbie + Sam with those hottest of hot ticket items: vegie seeds + seedlings (as well as compost and plant tonic)! The Mill’s organic garden also produces a large range of vegetables, greens + herbs that will be available, all products grown organically on the coast of Spring Bay by experienced vegetable growers with professional lead horticulturist Marcus Ragus. Welcome!
Warwick from The Wood Fiery Redhead is back, and he’s been smoking Cape Grim brisket, lamb and pulled pork (“Perfect for tacos!”), all vacuum packed and ready to heat in the bag.
Tony from Something from the Ground has with frozen blueberries this week – we’ve been scattering them in our porridge made with The Grain Family’s new season Tibetan Blue barely porridge mix + Eden Pantry’s coconut yoghurt.
Mushrooms can be found at Bec’s Cygnet Mushroom stall (shiitakes, oysters + more gourmet varieties), but ‘tis the season for wild mushrooms too! Sirocco South has been foraging a heap of slippery jacks + saffron milk caps after that autumn rain we’ve had.
And from the bakery: make sure you find Pie Doge sweet pies, as Stephanie’s taking a break after Sunday. Lemon meringue, apple, shoofly, fig + goat’s cheese and many more… they’re all amazing, comforting and not to be missed.
Like many organisations, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to come up with new ways for our community to access fresh market produce if they’re limiting their time outside of the house, and we’re nearly ready to hit “GO”…
Watch your inboxes over the weekend because as subscribers you’ll have first access to sign up to our online shop! We’re launching our test phase this coming Tuesday 5th of May for 100 customers only (for the first week), so if you’re as excited as us then keep an eye out!
solo shopping at farm gate market
Our Producers have worked incredibly hard to adjust, adapt and continue to bring you safe, local produce each week. Help them, and our staff, by familiarising yourselves with the safe new ways we operate during this time, including shopping solo if you can, limiting your time at the market and physical distancing when onsite. Please see below:
We know that many of you have always shopped together: as a family, as friends, as a couple. If one person per household shops, however, it means we can service more households in our community every Sunday.
Here are the exceptions to our solo shopping measure:
✅ People physically unable to shop alone
✅ Single parents or parents without childcare
✅ Couples who come with the intention of ‘dividing + conquering’ their shopping lists, in order to spend less time at the market
✅ Those shopping for multiple households
Along with the measure above, here’s how you can be the most help to us all:
📝 ‘Shop + Go’ – have your shopping list ready
⌚️ Limit your time at the market to half an hour
🛒 Bringing enough baskets or a carrier with wheels
❌ Stand on the X’s when queuing + keeping 1.5m between you + others
🥦 Handling produce – ‘you touch it, you buy it’
🏠 Leaving the kids at home if you can
🙋♀️ Shopping for your neighbours or community, too
❗️ Remember: do not attend the market if you or a member of your household is sick.