For a chance to sample delicious gourmet treats, buy fruit and vegies fresh from the farm, take home lovingly handmade crafts and most importantly chat to the producers and creators themselves, nothing beats a market.
The North-West Coast comes alive with all kinds of markets at the weekends, bringing the produce of the region’s rich soils into the towns and cities. Some markets also feature an ever-changing range of visiting food vans, activities for children and sometimes even live music.
The Burnie Farmers’ Market was the first community-run farmers’ market established in Tasmania and is still one of the best places to buy fresh, affordable local vegetables and seasonal fruit, and meet the farmers who grow it.
It has now expanded to include about 50 food and beverage stalls, handmade baked goods and a range of arts and crafts inside the pavilions. Let the kids have some fun at the activity centre and after doing your shopping take a seat at the communal table for a snack or enjoy a warming drink while soaking up the atmosphere.
Some of the recent stall holders include Sugar Nomad with their sweet goods, Japa Hill and their organic potatoes, Ferndale Bakery, Rory’s Hot Spuds, Organic Milk Group, Mary’s Berries, Mooreville Gardens Free Range Eggs, Traditional French Street Crepes and for something a bit different try the Tasmanian Buffalo products.
Owned by the Burnie Agricultural and Pastoral Society and run by the Burnie Men’s Shed, all money raised goes straight back into the community. Burnie Farmers’ Market is held at the showgrounds in Wivenhoe on the first and third Saturday each month from 8am to 1pm. On-site free parking is available via the entrance at 10 Smith Street.
The Cradle Coast Farmers Market on the banks of the Leven River in Ulverstone offers fresh produce direct from the producer to you. The surrounding area is some of Tasmania’s most fertile farming land producing seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The market also boasts some unique and interesting produce such as buffalo and raw unfiltered honey, avocados, feijoas, fresh pasta (including gluten free), yams and walnuts. You might even find some of the more unusual produce as well, like giant Bulgarian leeks and burdock.
The amazing produce, baked goods and coffee draw some interesting visitors at times, such as a pet pig, baby orphaned joeys, and dogs the size of a small horse. Come and experience the market in its stunning waterfront location.
Some of the recent stallholders include Old School Farm, Manubread, Southwinds Chillies, Cradle Coast Olives, The Coffee Collective, Mt Roland Free Range Eggs and 170’s Bread Taiwanese Bakery.
Held every Sunday from 8.30am-12.30pm at 3 Wharf Road, Ulverstone.
Providore Place Market Hall is the new kid on the block, with the Sunday Markets first held in the new Devonport Living City centrepiece in late January this year. Billed as a meeting place where the city connects with the farms and people can come to enjoy the best that the North-West Coast has to offer, Providore Place showcases local food, produce, arts, crafts, music and culture.
Providore Place Market Hall is a covered, all-weather market space in the centre of Devonport. Always warm and welcoming, it’s where locals and tourists come for local produce direct from the grower.
Markets are held every Sunday from 10am-2pm and feature about 40 Coastal and Tasmanian producers representing the best in food, produce, arts and crafts.
To top off the experience the markets also regularly have live music, kids’ activities, art installations and other cultural activities. There is more excitement in stall for foodies at Providore Place, with celebrity chef Ben Milbourne and Southern Wild Distillery committed to opening a presence in the space.
Located at 13-17 Oldaker Street, Devonport, parking is available in the new multi-level carpark. Entry is via Fenton Way or Best Street with two exits onto Fenton Way.
The Bloomin’ Tulips Wynyard Foreshore Markets can be found in one of the most stunning locations in the North-West, along the Bass Strait coastline as you enter Wynyard from the east.
The market showcases local produce, plants, jams, cakes, preserves, home cooking and honey, as well as crafts, secondhand goods, antiques, collectables, books, bric-a-brac, and much more. Over the summer months there are also several Friday night twilight markets, and the markets are held every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas.
Held on the first and third Sunday of every month from 8am to 2pm along the East Wynyard foreshore.
You’ll find more treasures at town and village markets across the Cradle Coast, including:
Claude Road Market, Sheffield
Here you can find fresh organic fruit and vegetables, garden and farm produce and locally made preserves, curry pastes, jams and sauces. Every three months, on the third Saturday of the month 9am until 3pm.
Devonport Farmers Market
Fresh farm produce, plants, homemade fare and local handmade crafts. Takes place at the Devonport Showgrounds fortnightly, on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from 8.30am to noon.
Don Village Market
Featuring about 50 outdoor and undercover stalls. Exhibiting homespun goods and fresh produce, through to the garden enthusiasts. Opposite Don River Railway, every Sunday.
Latrobe Village Market
Antiques, crafts, fresh produce and home made preserves. Handcrafted jewellery, herbs, organic produce and second hand goods. Street market every Sunday, 9am to 2pm. Opposite Council Chambers, Gilbert Street.
Browse collectables or choose from the selection of fresh, locally-grown produce, handmade crafts, and home-baked goods. Second Saturday of each month from 9.30am in the Northdown Anglican Church Hall.
200 stalls under cover, featuring fresh produce, fine Tasmanian woodwork, jewellery, fashion, giftware, craft and home wares. International food court, live entertainment. Every Sunday.
Wilmot Country Market
Indoor and outdoor stalls with wines from local vineyards, olive oils, honey, sorbet, fresh fruits and vegies, jams, preserves, breads, sauces, conserves, pastries, cakes and biscuits. Browse the bric a brac, hand-made crafts, jewellery, pre-loved clothes, soaps, lotions, gadgets and gifts. Refreshments and entertainment. At the Wilmot Town Hall, 9am-2pm on the first Saturday of every season (December, March, June, September).