The most significant change in Tasmania over the past thirty years in the rise and rise of primary producers. When we published the first edition of A Food Lovers Guide to Tasmania in 1988 we did not identify a single producer of vegetables because no fruit or vegetable retailer identified the producer and no restaurant mentioned the producer on the menu.
Now, we have the luxury of having many organic producers throughout the state supplying our best restaurants and key retailers such as Harvest Feast who proudly identify the producers for their customers. In fact we find it very easy to source every vegetable we need from a small Tasmanian organic producer whether it is high quality leeks or fennel bulbs (and sometimes cardoons) from Seven Springs Farm at remote Lorinna, broad beans, radishes, lettuces and beetroot from the wonderful Provenance Growers at Neika, the best tomatoes we have ever eaten in Tasmania from Annette and Nevil Reed of Tasmanian Natural Garlic & Tomatoes, beautiful potatoes and pumpkins from the legendary Tony Scherer of Rocky Top Farm, stunning carrots from Fat Carrot Farm, asparagus and artichokes from the Little Red Hen and bright red rhubarb from Newry Farm to name but a few.

Tarkine Fresh Oysters

Tarkine Fresh Oysters

Tarkine Fresh Oysters have their processing factory and small café quite close to the centre of the town of Smithton on Tasmania’s North West Coast. Tarkine Fresh Oysters is the trading name for Bolduans Bay Oysters Pty Ltd which was established in 1979 by Jon Poke and his wife Annette. […]

Fork-it-Farm-entrance to pork heaven

Fork it Farm: Great Pork Products

Daniel and Kim Croker have established the 25 hectare Fork it Farm near Lebrina in the state’s north. Here they raise pigs ethically and create very tasty pork products. They have relocated from Brisbane where Daniel worked as a scientist at Queensland University (he has a doctorate in biomedical science) […]

Tasmanian Truffles trees

Fresh Tasmanian Truffles

Introduction to Tasmanian Truffles In our restaurant guide A Food Lovers Guide to Tasmania, the 1998 edition did not have a single mention of truffles because none had been harvested in the state at that time. However our 2000 edition did report on the success that the Terry family was […]

Little Red Hen blackboard for vegetables

The Little Red Hen: Great Vegetables

Little Red Hen has been a long-time fixture at Hobart’s Farm Gate Market, selling attractive vegetables and even more attractive flowers. This stall is usually our first stop because, depending on the season, they have very desirable offerings that are difficult to locate elsewhere, especially of the same quality. We […]

Tamar Valley Organic – great walnuts

Tamar Valley Organic is a producer of the best walnuts in Tasmania. They are soft and creamy with strong shells that keep them fresh. Walnuts: Production and use There are approximately 1900 walnut trees planted on about 5 hectares which are now 15 years old. We buy them from Michelle […]


Blackman Bay Oysters

Blackman Bay Oysters are among our favourite oysters in Tasmania and possibly Australia. They are carefully, and scientifically raised and the results are delicious!

Strellyfield at Farm Gate Market

Strelleyfield Ducks – Free Range

Strelleyfield Ducks is a producer of free range ducks run by a former chicken farmer, Matthew Crane. We first came across Matthew at the Farm Gate Market which is held every Sunday morning in Hobart. We were impressed with the firmness of the flesh (from being free range), we liked […]

Freycinet Marine Farm

Freycinet Marine Farm: Perfect Oysters

The Freycinet Marine Farm has been operating for almost 20 years now. You can visit here to purchase oysters to eat at one of the outside tables or to take away. But there is more than just oysters. This simple café serves oysters which are prepared a number of ways, […]