Hobart shoppers will be able to enjoy a new food market starting Wed 20 May.

The Hanging Garden Green Grocer has been created to support Tasmanian producers during these challenging times by DarkLab—the team behind Dark Mofo.

With the organisation’s large and dynamic space ‘In The Hanging Garden’ in the centre of Hobart, they are creating an alternative outdoor market for locals to sell and purchase fresh produce.

The precinct’s central Cathedral is a large and safe space for locals to buy and sell fresh produce in the centre of the city. With entry via Murray Street and exit via Liverpool Street, the site has been redesigned specifically to accommodate the endeavour, which will operate four days a week.

“Different to many conventional produce markets, the Grocer has been designed in collaboration with advice from the Department of Health to work specifically within a COVID-19 world, and to mitigate as many of the risks as possible,” DarkLab Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said.

Stallholders will supply produce on a rotational basis, offering fresh and local, fruit, vegetables, and meat, dairy, honey, and bakery products, and prepared meals to take home. There will be no eating on-site, as the Hanging Garden Green Grocer is a functional grocery outlet, not a social occasion

“We pride ourselves on providing a unique opportunity for quality Tasmanian producers each year at the Dark Mofo Winter Feast,” said Carmichael. “The Hanging Garden Green Grocer is our way to continue to support our community and provide a new business opportunity for our best producers during this festival off-year.”

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to bring my preserves to the Hanging Garden Green Grocer,” said Cassandra Faux from Harvest & Light at Geeveston.

She said anyone involved in hospitality is ‘doing it tough’ right now.

“To get this chance to bring my Geeveston based business to a larger audience right now is going to help my business survive,” she continued.
“To feel confident and safe about the environment and the management of the space is very important to me.”

Faux will be bringing the summer bounty of the Huon Valley preserved as jams, jellies, cordials and chutneys. “Right now, Autumn is providing me with an abundance of local and unique produce,” she said. “Medlars, persimmons, quince and Jerusalem artichokes are in my kitchen right now. I will be bringing pickles you don’t see every day and some old school favourites.”

Hanging Garden Green Grocer

Location: The Cathedral, In The Hanging Garden, 112 Murray St, Hobart
Open: Wednesday–Saturday, 9am–2pm (weekly from Wednesday 20 May 2020)
Entry is free and walk-ins are permitted, but to guarantee a spot you can register online here: www.hanginggardengreengrocer.com.au/visit

Take home meals

Some of the offerings include:

Kaki Lama Indonesian Street Food – Indonesian street food prepared with fresh local ingredients, packaged in biodegradable take home containers.

La Sardina Loca – La Sardina Loca will be supplying Basque country-inspired take home meals celebrating premium, seasonal produce.

Oryza – Resident kitchen at the Garden, Oryza, will be serving up Pan-Asian cuisine made fresh onsite to take home and enjoy.

Sirocco South – Homemade Italian-inspired meals using locally-sourced ingredients and wild foods, foraged from the lands hugging the Carlton River.

The Tasmanian Pasta and Sauce Company – Authentic and traditional handmade pasta, gnocchi, ravioli and sauces, using ingredients sourced from the Derwent Valley and the Channel.