hello, farmy friends
At the time of writing Hobart itself had been swallowed whole by the Bridgewater Jerry once more. While a fairly common sight this time of year, this blanket of Derwent Valley fog is still enough to have even hardy Hobartians exclaim, “Geez it’s cold this morning!” and reach for an extra layer before stepping outside. We hope you’re all enjoying some of winter’s specialties, like warm fireside nights and the joys of cooking cold-climate produce. This is a fabulous week for the market, with many returning faces and produce popping up.
brussel sprouts, a love letter
We love sprouts at Farmy HQ. They’ve been quite literally sprouting up all over the market right now, so we highly recommend hunting some out at Joua’s, Nhia’s or Xai’s stalls. Roasted, charred, lightly steamed or even raw and finely sliced in a wintery salad, we can’t get enough of these green gems. Perhaps a dish of buttered, grilled spouts with goats cheese and hazelnuts is in order for the weekend…
Speaking of goats, it’s Tongola’s last market for the season so be sure to stock up on the last of the Big B (semi-hard washed rind that goes just perfectly on a Julia’s Pantry caraway crispbread) and Zoe (petite, soft white mould). You’ll still be able to find Curdy however (as well as their Leap Farm goat meat) through our online Drive Thru service. Orders open again Sunday morning, so head to farmgatemarket.com.au/drive-thru for more information.
cheese, beer, pasta, steam buns + wine
And more good news for you: even more cheese at the market! Huon Valley Organic Farm and Bruny Island Cheese Co. return this week – welcome back. Find their fresh, free range pork, sausages and heritage breed beef cuts from the organic Valley farm, the BIC cheese seasonal selection and house brewed beers on the stand.
And in the Grub Hub, more old friends… Dave and Cassandra from Deep End Farm are back at Farmy again!! It’s been a little while, but these steam bun fanatics will be rolling in with their classic bao zi (beef, pork or vegan options filled with meat + produce from their own Huon farm) and steaming up a storm with newer bun specials here and there, like duck, scallop and crayfish.
Drum roll please… Osteria at Petty Sessions are back! We know you’ve missed their ravioli, gnocchi, rainbow macaroni, casarece and simply delicious pasta sauces, so go say hi and congrats – new baby Archie has kept them away for a couple of weeks!
Lastly, Rafe from Bream Creek Vineyard makes his triumphant return this week. He’ll take you through the range of excellently sip-able vino, including some new drops. “Our new Pinot Noir wines were released during March, so during peak COVID-19 – not a great time!”, he says. “However, we’ll have them both available for tasting at the market on the 12th, that will include our rare 2017 Reserve and 2018 Estate Pinot Noir wines. These two wines, having been awarded a combined 6 Trophies and 18 gold medals as well as numerous other accolades, simply must be tried!” You twisted our arm, Rafe.
just a quick reminder…
… that while physical distancing wherever practicable is still very important, we can now accommodate more customers in the market with the allowance of 2sqm per person – hooray! We invite families + groups back to shop together once more.
We thank everyone for still using the hand sanitiser stations on your way in, adhering to any Producer or staff instructions if need be and for using Mathers Lane to wolf down your breakfast rather than the main market space.