SOME of Tasmania’s best food producers have been included in this year’s 2022-2023 Seasonal Produce Guide.
Fruit Growers Tasmania CEO Peter Cornish said the guide showcased the wonderful fruit, vegetables, honey and award-winning ciders, that are available right across the state.
“Tasmania grows some of the best produce in the world,” he said. “It’s a fresh, vibrant taste experience.”
Mr Cornish said while Tasmanian cherries comprised more than half of all Australian cherry exports and were highly sought after in many countries, locals got the chance to buy those cherries direct from growers.
Tasmania also grows more raspberries and blackberries than any other state, is the second largest producer of blueberries, and grows some of the sweetest strawberries available in the country.
“Here through the guide, Tasmanians and visitors can not only buy their fruit direct from the farm gate but also pick their own,” he said.
“There is nothing more ‘wildly fresh’ than picking your own fruit – just remember to take some home!”
The Tasmanian Seasonal Produce Guide follows the recent release of the TASMANIAN GROWN digital showcase.
The showcase highlights how Tasmanian growers achieve a vibrant taste experience.
“Because we are lucky enough to live here in Tasmania, we often take for granted the unique environment in which our produce is grown,” Mr Cornish said.
“You just don’t get this in other parts of the world.”
The guide was officially launched by Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer.
“Tasmania’s premium produce is world-class and highly sought after throughout the world, and the guide endorses our State’s reputation for providing fresh, high-quality produce,” she said.
“It also highlights seasonal fruit at our farm gates, markets, events, and on the menus of cafes and restaurants right across Tasmania.”
The guide also encourages people to spend time in regional areas.
There are 35 producers included in this year’s guide, spread across the state. Copies of the Tasmanian Seasonal Produce Guide are free and will be available from participating businesses across the state, visitor centres, both Spirit of Tasmania ferries, and the Launceston and Hobart airports.
It also includes details about the Tasmanian Cider trail. Digital copies of the guide are also available and can be downloaded from Fruit Growers Tasmania’s website at http://www.fruitgrowerstas.com.au.