Harvest Launceston celebrates sixth birthday

TEAM: Harvest Launceston managers Julia Wever and Kim Hewitt, enjoy a cupcake on the market's sixth birthday. Picture: Scott Gelston
TEAM: Harvest Launceston managers Julia Wever and Kim Hewitt, enjoy a cupcake on the market's sixth birthday. Picture: Scott Gelston

From the little things, big things grow and in the case of Harvest Launceston, things keep getting bigger and better. 

On Saturday, the community farmers market celebrated its sixth birthday.

Launched in 2012 as a passion project alongside Festivale, the market now averages close to 50 stallholders each week – double what it started with. 

Harvest manager Julia Wever said the growth was a testament to the team of passionate people working behind the scenes. 

“Something that has always set Harvest apart from other farmers markets, is the incredible sense of community here in Launceston,” she said.

“People can easily spend four hours here, talking to the stallholders and producers. 

“I have never seen that at any other farmers market.”

Mrs Wever manages the market alongside Caroline Williamson and Kim Hewitt.

Originally from Sydney and with a background in hospitality, Mrs Wever said Harvest would continue to grow this year, with a few possible changes on the horizon. 

“Change is a good thing and I think it benefits everyone,” she said.

“Whenever we mix-up the layout of things, the response is always positive. 

“This market is never stagnant and I think that is one of the things that makes it so special. 

“It is also the great thing about seasonal produce.

“One week it is the first cherries of the season and the next it is corn.

“There is an energy and a real buzz felt here.

“It brings the community together and that is a really special thing.

“I don’t see us slowing down anytime soon.”