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Hanging Garden Green Grocer opens

HOBART’S DarkLab has created an alternative outdoor market for locals to sell and purchase fresh produce at ‘In The Hanging Garden’s’ central Cathedral.

The Hanging Garden Green Grocer was created as a way to support Tasmanian producers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The market opened on 20 May and will operate four days a week, with the site having been redesigned specifically to accommodate the endeavour.

“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.

“We pride ourselves on providing a unique opportunity for quality Tasmanian producers each year at the Dark Mofo Winter Feast.

“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.”

Stallholders supply produce on a rotational basis, offering fresh and local, fruit, vegetables, and meant, dairy, honey, and bakery products, as well as prepared meals to take home.

There is no eating on-site, with the Hanging Garden Green Grocer functioning solely as a grocery outlet.

“Local produce markets are so important to keep our industry going right now, and we are excited to launch the Hanging Garden Green Grocer and assist keeping our quality Tassie produce community in business,” curator Jo Cook said.

“We will have a rotational schedule of stallholders, with an eclectic mix of people, some who have had to create new businesses due to losing their work as pastry chefs, cooks and small business operators.

“Hanging Garden Green Grocer customers can look forward to picking up the best in locally-grown and produced seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, dairy, cheese and beef, honey and bakery goods, fresh pasta, sauce, focaccia and even pre-prepared meals, ferments, jams and pickles to take home and enjoy.”

Caption: Clockwise from top left, Green Grocer customer Daniel Reid and Cassy Faux of Harvest and Light, looking inside the Hanging Garden Green Grocer, Green Grocer customer Isabella Szukilojc and Yia Xiong of Hmong Veggies and Karen Butler and Dayna Achilles of Bruny Island Cheese Co. Photo credit: DarkLab/Rosie Hastie.