Thursday, September 01, 2011

Market Finds in Hobart town

Locally grown produce.
Well I've just returned from 5 lovely days in Tasmania visiting my gorgeous Dad, his wife Jane and their delightful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Max. It was a great opportunity for us to spend some time together again and for Dad to see his grandson Orson.

We had a jam-packed itinerary with very little time spent lying around and reading. It was back to back sight-seeing - you see I am very intrigued with Tassie and I want to get to know her better.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart.

On day 1 it was all about Salamanca Markets. Held every Saturday in the centre of Hobart, these markets have become a real favourite of mine. Of course it has the usual boring stalls that seem to pop up at all markets selling dull looking wooden clocks and photos of the ocean and countless crafty ones as well. But on top of that it does boast some much cooler ones in my opinion like former SMH food critic Matt Evan's Tassie Rare Foods produce stall.
Mat Evans selling home-reared pork products.
This time I was keen to pick up some great seeds (I know, life in the fast lane) for our garden and the community garden. I found a fabulous stall selling all manner of appealing seeds. Heirloom tomatoes, Italian Parsley (the really broad leafed one), capsicums, Borlotti beans and more. Then I also managed to find a magnificent Horseradish plant which I am incredibly excited about planting. But seeds and plants aside, a friend had told me how great the vintage clothing stalls were, the place where he managed to find some original American war time cargo pants. So I wanted to rummage through the clothes stalls too. Well, I was a very, very happy camper.
Me in my Bavarian walking hat.
I found two very exciting items. A Bavarian walking hat complete with original Tyrolean badges including one from Val D'Isere. I LOVE this hat. It's slightly too small but it's felt so I hope to find some clever soul who can stretch it for me.
My rabbit jacket. (Looks better on)
And the other fabulous item I found was an amazing rabbit fur jacket. It's completely unlined but absolutely fantastic. Just so chic. It's that great hip length that works so well with skinny jeans and heels but also short enough to work well atop a fun print dress this Spring. Its the most magnificent shades of creamy caramel. LOVE it.