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Harvest Launceston is quickly becoming a popular destination for foodies across the island state.

The community farmers' market in Launceston is still relatively new – it was launched in February this year.

But after an afternoon spent strolling past busy market stalls, mingling with crowds of visitors and chatting to farmers, you could be forgiven for thinking the Harvest had been here much longer.

You might want to make a beeline for the locally grown vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and plants that are regularly on display if you have a green thumb or enjoy eating vegetarian meals.

Gourmet heaven awaits you at the cheese and honey stalls – which are conveniently located among tables stacked high with a selection of jams, preserves, oils, nuts and grains.

On a cool day it is hard to beat the smell of freshly baked goods and early-birds can have their pick of home-style breads, cakes, biscuits and pastries.

The region's best meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products and eggs are also available to people who get in early – but there is still a good selection on offer for those who can only drop by of an afternoon.

However, the markets are not just about visitors, they are also a great place for other growers, farmers and producers to meet each other and exchange ideas as well as the odd tip.

Being run in accordance with the Australian Farmers' Market Association guidelines means that only locally sourced and grown food and beverages are sold at the stalls.

The markets are open from 09:00 to 13:00 each Saturday at the Climitiere St car park in Launceston – opposite the Grand Chancellor hotel between Cameron and Climitiere streets.

Stall holders are encouraged to become members of Harvest Launceston for an initial fee of $30 per year, but there is free entry for all visitors.

Harvest_Launceston Image credit - ritual coffee

Signage for the Harvest Market and Cheeseboard

Veggie Basket at the Market

Tamar-Valley-Wine-Route,-Jansz-Estate Image credit - australiantraveller-dot-com

Tamar scenery in the region

launceston river port Image credit - directory tasmania

LauncEskMkt Image credit - whitehat

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